Ohio was the site of a major oil boom in the late 19th century, with oil wells producing millions of barrels of oil per year. The town of Lima, Ohio, became known as the "little giant of the oil industry" because of the large number of oil companies headquartered there.
Morrow County, Ohio, located in the north central part of the state, has a rich history dating back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Delaware and Wyandot, who lived off the land and utilized the resources of the region. European settlers began arriving in the late 18th century, establishing the town of Mount Gilead in 1803.

In its early days, Morrow County was primarily an agricultural community, with farmers cultivating the fertile soil for crops and raising livestock. The construction of the railroad in the mid-19th century brought new opportunities for trade and contributed to the county's growth. The establishment of rail lines connected Mount Gilead and surrounding communities, boosting the local economy and encouraging industrial development.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Morrow County experienced a boom in coal mining. The discovery of vast coal reserves led to the opening of numerous mines, attracting workers from across the region. This influx of residents brought increased prosperity and a need for infrastructure, such as schools and hospitals, to support the growing population.

In more recent years, Morrow County has seen a shift in its economic focus. The decline of the coal industry and advancements in agriculture technology have led to a stronger emphasis on farming and agribusiness. The county is now known for its corn, soybean, and wheat production, as well as its dairy farms. Today, Morrow County continues to thrive as a rural community, preserving its historical roots while embracing modern advancements.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Morrow County, Ohio.

  • 1813: Morrow County is established and named after Jeremiah Morrow, the ninth Governor of Ohio.
  • 1814: The first settlers begin to arrive in Morrow County.
  • 1848: The Ohio and Erie Canal is completed, providing a significant transportation route through the county.
  • 1850: The population of Morrow County reaches over 7,000 residents.
  • 1861-1865: Morrow County residents join in the American Civil War and fight for the Union.
  • 1874: The county seat is moved from Mount Gilead to a more central location in the town of Cardington.
  • 1890: The population of Morrow County reaches its peak at over 17,000 residents.
  • 1929-1945: The Great Depression and World War II impact the county, causing economic hardships and military service.
  • 1950s-1960s: Agriculture becomes a prominent industry in Morrow County.
  • 1990s: Industrial and commercial growth accelerates in the county.