3 Unusual Town Names in Ohio and Their Origins

As some Ohioans know, our towns have some pretty bizarre names and some aren’t nearly as unusual as they seem. See how many of these meanings you knew about.

In Ohio our towns have some pretty weird names. A lot of people don’t are unaware of the origin of these 3 Ohio town names. Some of the origins aren’t nearly as strange as you’d imagine.

Strangely enough there is a place named Utopia, Ohio. Utopia isn’t technically a ghost town. But almost. Along the banks of the Ohio River, Clermont County, you’ll find the strange little town with its few remaining residents. Utopia used to be an unincorporated community and used to be a social commune, like many others established in the mid-19th century. These days all your find is a gas station, some scattered houses and a really weird underground chapel that might have been part of the Underground Railroad.

Next up is a really different one. Between Butler and Warren Counties is the town Blue Ball, OH. The local legend tells us the town council changed in the name in the 1800s to notate the unusual landmark of a blue metal sphere suspended above a crossroads where travelers had trouble reading the towns original sign.

I bet you didn’t know the center of the world is in Ohio did you? Well, not really. But Ohio is home to a small town called “Center of the World”. Its near Braceville Township. Its a unique and small community with some homes and local retail establishments. About the only thing that mark’s the town, besides its weird name, is the crossroads of RT 82 and 5.

Do you know of any other strange Ohio town names?

Peninsula: Ohio’s Day-Trip Gem

While Ohio is filled with many day-trip worthy towns, the following are worth a special look.

One of Ohio’s most gorgeous towns, as far as nature goes, is at the center of our own nation park, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Peninsula is perfect for a summer time out door adventure because of its unique positioning. You won’t want to miss out. It isn’t your typical town and in reality there is more than a days-worth of exploring to do.

While Peninsula was established long ago, the park is less than 20 years old. Autumn, Spring, Summer–you can’t go wrong visiting this town almost any time of year. Much of its history has been preserved and is waiting for you to explore it. The town also contains the Everett Covered Bridge, the last in Summit County.

The Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath takes hikers and bikers close to downtown Peninsula. So, the town is a great option for a overnight stop on longer adventures.

Whether you are packing the family in your SUV or getting there under foot power, you’ll want to check out the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. This beautiful train ride takes you through the heart of the National Park. And finally, you’ll probably want to visit Brandywine Falls waterfall before you leave!

 

See you in Peninsula!

“Double Victory” Exhibit in Wilberforce, OH

African-Americans Fighting for a Double Victory in the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center is an exhibition that explores the role of civilian and military service during World War II. The show tries to illuminate how African-American service during wartime advanced civil rights in the 1940s.

By using its own collections and archives, as well as materials from the National Archives, the Ohio History Connection and other resources, the exhibit brings attention to the unknown stories and sacrifice of African Americans during this critical time in America’s history. The exhibition features digital images of African American muralist Charles Alston, whose drawings were commissioned by the Office of War Information.

The Ohio History Connection uses its own resources and resources on the National Archives to bring attention to the virtually untold stories of sacrifice about African Americans during this time in our history. The show will include digitized images of African American muralist Charles Alston. His drawings were originally commissioned at the Office of War Information. In addition the show includes the personal remembrances of WWI veterans and civil rights activists.

The exhibit is open during museum hours Wednesday-Saturday, 9am-4pm.

The National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center opened to the public in April 1988. Thousands of visitors have enjoyed the museum and its exhibits.

Cincinnati Art Museum: Iris van Herpen Exhibit

Iris van Herpen has made a name for herself as a fashion designer by using unusual materials like umbrella ribs, industrial yarns, metal, leather and clear acrylic.

Her work centers around blending the new, the hi-tech with traditional hand work. The result is unusual sculpture garments. She collaborates with people like engineers and architects and artists to come up with her unique designs. This show will bring her work to those in the region who have not yet been exposed to it.

Attending ArtEZ Institute of the Arts Arnhem. She also attended Alexander McQueen in London and Claudy Jongstra, Amsterdam. Van Herpen caught the eyes of many in the fashion industry early on in her career and started her own label in 2007.

The exhibit is on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum until April 3rd.