Findlay, OH

Findlay is a city in and the county seat of Hancock County, Ohio, United States.[7] The city metro area is often referred as The Greater Findlay Area. Located in northwestern Ohio, Findlay lies approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of Toledo. The population was 41,202 at the 2010 census. It is home to the University of Findlay. The city’s official nickname is “Flag City, USA”. Findlay is one of two cities in Hancock County, along with Fostoria. Findlay is the second largest city in Northwest Ohio.

History

In the War of 1812, Colonel James Findlay of Cincinnati built a road and a stockade to transport and shelter troops in theGreat Black Swamp region. This stockade was named Fort Findlay in his honor.[8][9] At the conclusion of the war, the community of Findlay was born. The first town lots were laid out in 1821 by the future Ohio Governor Joseph Vance and Elnathan Corry.

Early in its history, prior to the Civil War, Findlay was a stop for slaves of African descent along the Underground Railroad.

Findlay hosted the highly competitive Ohio State Music Festival in 1884. A young cornet player, Warren G. Harding, and his Citizens’ Cornet Band of Marion placed third in the competition.[10] Harding would go on to be elected the 29th President of the United States.

Geography

Findlay is located at 41°02′34″N 83°38′32″W (41.042843, -83.642216).[12]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.25 square miles (49.86 km2), of which 19.13 square miles (49.55 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.31 km2) is water.[2]

The Blanchard River travels through Findlay, flowing east to west.

The Findlay Reservoir No. 2 is the largest above ground reservoir in the state of Ohio, with a capacity of 5 billion US gallons (19,000,000 m3) of water.

Findlay is the headquarters of the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, founded in 1914, which specializes in the manufacturing and marketing of automobile, truck and motorcycle tires, together with other automotive products.

Findlay was also the longtime headquarters of the Marathon Oil Corporation from 1905 until 1990 when it moved its offices to Houston, TX, where it is currently located today.Marathon Petroleum Company, a former subsidiary of Marathon Oil, maintained its main office in Findlay after Marathon Oil moved. On July 1, 2011, Marathon Petroleum became an independent entity with its headquarters still in Findlay.

The city’s major shopping center is Findlay Village Mall, opened in 1962.

Findlay is home to a Kohl’s department store distribution center, which is Kohl’s oldest distribution center after the recent closing of the original one in Wisconsin.

Findlay is home to the Whirlpool dishwasher manufacturing plant and distribution center. This plant is considered to be the largest dishwasher plant in the world (based on production).[17]

Findlay is home to several other chain distribution centers including Best Buy, Lowe’s.

Annual activities

  • Easter Sand Sculpture – the week before Easter[19]
  • Springtime In Ohio craft show – May
  • Boogie on Main Street – June[20]
  • Riverside Wine Festival – June[21]
  • Findlay’s Hot Air Balloon Festival – August[22]
  • Rib-Off on Broadway – August[23]
  • The Hancock County Fair – Labor Day weekend
  • Oktoberfest – October
  • Christmas in October craft show – October
  • Findlay | Hancock County Halloween Parade – October

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