May ’11

Time to take a Sunday drive

So it was a Tuesday. It still felt like Sunday. With our cover story this month highlighting each of the communities of Stark County and what makes them special, I decided to take a mini-tour of the county that I grew up in. I wanted to spend time in areas that I was not as familiar with and find out what makes each unique.

Why we love Stark | Plain Township

Plain is far from a fitting description of the current Plain Township. The largest township in Stark County based on population, Plain Township has a bustling and diverse population that combines the conveniences of urban life with all of the benefits of a township.

Why we love Stark | North Canton

The city of North Canton, nicknamed “The Dogwood City” for its beautiful Dogwood trees, first began as the village of New Berlin in 1831. During World War I, the residents agreed that the community’s name needed to be changed, and in 1918 they adopted its current name.

Why we love Stark | Massillon

Massillon has a reputation — nationally — for its high school football prowess. The team has won 22 state titles. Artist Eric Grohe depicted the city’s football history in a mural, which can be seen downtown. And, in 2008, ESPN named the city and its football legacy a finalist in its “Titletown USA” search.

Why we love Stark | Canton

Canton is nationally known as the birthplace of the National Football League and the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Another draw for visitors is the National First Ladies’ Library and museum, downtown in the former home of Ida Saxton McKinley, wife of President William McKinley, and in an 1895 bank building.