Greenfield, Ohio, Timeline

Greenfield, Ohio, Timeline (HM15DR)

Location: Greenfield, OH 45123 Highland County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 21.085', W 83° 23.004'

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1796
Duncan McArthur leads surveying
party to Greenfield.
Washington elected president

1799
McArthur lays out town of
Greenfield. First road
to town completed.

1801
First inn and first
Justice of Peace.
Ferry built for crossing
Paint Creek.

1802
First industries established:
rope factory and grist mill.

1803
Indians return to hunt.
First school in log home.
Ohio becomes 17th State.

1805
Highland County formed.
New Market county seat.
County militia formed in
Greenfield.

1810
First school building erected.
Tecumseh defeated at Tippecanoe.

1812
War with Britain.
First tannery built.
Travellers Rest built.

1813
First Post Office.

1815
First stage coach arrives.
Public whipping law repealed.

1822
pop. 250
1 church, 2 stores,
wool carding tannery
4 taverns, blacksmith
& cabinetmaker.

1833
Abolitionist Soc. of
Paint Valley founded
in Greenfield.

1835
First covered Bridge built
Over Paint Creek.
Flagstone sidewalks built.

1840
pop. 447

1841
Greenfield Incorporated.

1842
First hotel.

1844
First newspaper.
Frederick Douglass aided
by local Abolitionist Soc.

1848
First Fire Dept.
(The Volunteer Bucket Brigade)
organizes and purchases
hose and wagon.

1850
Pop. 793
150 poles with kerosene lanterns
at intersections.
Underground Railroad
passengers increase.

1851
Council passes poll tax -
every citizen must provide
two days labor on city
streets or pay $3.00.

1854
B & O Railroad
connects to Greenfield.
Camping and livestock
on town square.

1858
Greenfield Agriculture
Society formed.
First county
Agriculture Fair - Oct. 22.

1859
First bank established.
99/yr. Lease secured on
land for town hall.

1860
Citizens vote tax levy
for Town Hall.
Abraham Lincoln elected.

1861
Civil War begins.
Funds for town Hall
used to equip Greenfield's
Company K.

1864
Jail built on Town Square.
Central School built at
Jefferson & 5th.

1865
Local women raid saloons -
up to 3,000 gals. of
liquor dumped into gutters.

1870
First local competitive
sports team.
Baseball played
bare-handed & bare-footed.

1871
First Greenfield
High School
Graduation class.

1874
pop. 1712

1875
D.T.I. Railroad
Connects to Greenfield.

1876
Town Hall Dedicated.
Houses jail, fire dept.
opera house on 3rd floor.

1880
pop. 2,460

1881
Edward Lee McClain
designs first
horse collar pad.

1886
First iron bridge
across Paint Creek.

1894
First electric lights
at intersections.

1897
Mutual Telephone Co.
offers first phone service.
Stone chapel in
Greenfield Cemetery
dedicated.

1898
First full-time
20-member Fire Dept.
Company F Embarks for
Spanish American War.

1900
pop. 4,986

1904
Local Company L
Ohio National Guard
organized.

1906
Chautauqua Park
Established
100 tents,
Main tent seats 2,500.
Gold found in
Paint Creek.

1907
Civil War Monument
Dedicated

1910
Hundreds fill roads to
watch Wright Bros.
airplane flights.

1912
20 grocery stores in town.

1915
Town streets first paved.
Dedication of
McClain High School.

1916
Patterson's $850 automobile
exhibited 9/23
7.5 million horse collar
pads produced by Tapatco.

1917
W.W.I. Company G forms with
143rd Company.

1919
Greenfield Hosp.
opens in Eckman home.

1924
Elementary Bldg. completed

1928
Armory dedicated
Talking movie theater
opens.

1941
W.W.II begins
Greenfield men killed
at Pearl Harbour [sic].

1948
Town's first television.

1949
Sesquicentennial celebrated

1950
Korean War

1952
Rocky Fork Lake built

1960
pop. 5,422

1964
Vietnam War authorized.
Bell Tower dedicated.

1968
Traveller's Rest
reconstructed.

1971
Last passenger train
leaves B&O station.

1974
Paint Creek Lake dedicated.
Greenfield Area
Life Squad established.

1976
Grenfield celebrates
nation's 200th birthday.

1990
pop. - 5,172.
Desert Storm Begins.

1993
Imagination Kingdom
Playground built by
1000 volunteers in 5 days.

1995
Town Square renovated.

1997
Greenfield linked to Internet.

1999
Greenfield celebrates it's [sic]
Bicentennial Year.

2000
pop. - 5,107

2001
War on Terrorism begins

2002
Town Hall Renovated
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 294630 N 4358484
Decimal Degrees39.35141667, -83.38340000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 21.085', W 83° 23.004'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 21' 5.10" N, 83° 23' 0.24" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 324 Jefferson St, Greenfield OH 45123, US
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