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Coshocton /kəˈʃɒktən/[6] is a city in and the county seat of Coshocton County, Ohio, United States[7] approximately 63 mi (102 km) ENE of Columbus. The population was 11,216 at the 2010 census. The Walhonding River and the Tuscarawas River meet in Coshocton to form the Muskingum River.

Coshocton, Ohio
Public square with the courthouse
Public square with the courthouse
Location of Coshocton, Ohio
Location of Coshocton, Ohio
Location of Coshocton in Coshocton County
Location of Coshocton in Coshocton County
Coordinates: 40°16′4″N 81°51′24″W / 40.26778°N 81.85667°W / 40.26778; -81.85667Coordinates: 40°16′4″N 81°51′24″W / 40.26778°N 81.85667°W / 40.26778; -81.85667
CountryUnited States of America
StateOhio
CountyCoshocton
Established1811
Government
 • TypeMayor/Council
 • MayorSteven D. Mercer (R)
Area
 • Total8.20 sq mi (21.24 km2)
 • Land8.08 sq mi (20.93 km2)
 • Water0.12 sq mi (0.31 km2)
Elevation771 ft (235 m)
Population
 • Total11,216
 • Estimate 
(2018[4])
11,054
 • Density1,388.1/sq mi (535.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
43812
Area code(s)740
FIPS code39-18868[5]
GNIS feature ID1056840[2]
Websitewww.cityofcoshocton.com
Restored canal boat

Coshocton contains Roscoe Village, a restored town of the canal era, located next to the former Ohio and Erie Canal. A heritage tourist attraction, it showcases the area's unique canal history. The city was developed on the site of a former Lenape village established in the late 1770s by bands who had migrated from the East under European pressure.

HistoryEdit

Under pressure from European-American colonists, Lenape had moved west across the Appalachians and into Ohio. By the late 1770s, Coshocton had become the principal Lenape (Delaware) village in the Ohio Country. Many Lenape had been forced to cede their lands in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and had migrated to Ohio Country from their traditional territory on the East Coast. In addition, they were under pressure by warfare from the Iroquois pressing down from their traditional base in present-day New York because of competition in the fur trade.

Chief Newcomer founded Coshocton, moving his people west from their former principal settlement of Gekelmukpechunk (called Newcomerstown after the chief by the few white traders and settlers there.) Most of the latter's Lenape population of 700 followed Newcomer. Coshocton was across the Tuscarawas River from Conchake, the former site of a Wyandot village. By then the Wyandot had migrated northwest, in part of a movement of numerous tribes. The name Coshocton derives from Lenape Koshaxkink, 'where there is a river crossing,' altered to Koshaxktun 'ferry' (river-crossing device).

The western Lenape were split in their alliances during the American Revolutionary War. Those who allied with the British moved further west to the Sandusky River area, closer to the British Fort Detroit. From there the British and Lenape raided colonial frontier settlements.

The Lenape sympathetic to the new United States stayed near Coshocton. White Eyes, then leader of the Lenape people, signed the Treaty of Fort Pitt of 1778, by which the Lenape hoped to secure their safety during the War, and he promised scouts and support to the rebel colonists.[8] They also hoped to lay the base for a Native American state in the new nation.

In retaliation for frontier raids by hostile Lenape and British, Colonel Daniel Brodhead of the American militia ignored the treaty. He attacked and destroyed the Lenape at Coshocton in April 1781.[9]

After the Treaty of Greenville (1795), the Ohio Country was opened to European-American settlement. They were mostly farmers in the early years.

Coshocton was originally called Tuscarawas by American colonists, after the river, and under the latter name was laid out in 1802. The young town was renamed Coshocton when it was designated county seat by the legislature in 1811.[10]

To improve their transportation of goods and people, residents of Ohio supported construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal. This enabled the transport of coal mined in the region, which was its most important resource commodity. In addition, the canal supported transport of goods manufactured by local industries that developed in the 19th century with the availability of coal. Some of those industries included metal lithography and the rise of promotional products, an industry that started with resident Jasper Meek using his printing press to customize tote bags for Cantwell's Shoes. [11]

In 1886, an idea by a local printer gave rise to the specialty advertising industry, which, from its "birth" in Coshocton, eventually developed into various manufacturing companies all over the country. Today, four specialty advertising companies still thrive in Coshocton.

Coshocton has a rich history of homes that were involved in the underground railroad.

GeographyEdit

Coshocton is located at 40°16′4″N 81°51′24″W / 40.26778°N 81.85667°W / 40.26778; -81.85667 (40.267786, −81.856628).[12]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.20 square miles (21.24 km2), of which 8.08 square miles (20.93 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.31 km2) is water.[1]

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
1830333
184062587.7%
185085036.0%
18601,15135.4%
18701,75452.4%
18803,04473.5%
18903,67220.6%
19006,47376.3%
19109,60348.4%
192010,84713.0%
193010,9080.6%
194011,5696.1%
195011,6750.9%
196013,10612.3%
197013,7474.9%
198013,418−2.4%
199012,193−9.1%
200011,682−4.2%
201011,216−4.0%
Est. 201811,054[4]−1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

2010 censusEdit

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 11,216 people, 4,872 households, and 2,927 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,388.1 inhabitants per square mile (535.9/km2). There were 5,458 housing units at an average density of 675.5 per square mile (260.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.7% White, 1.8% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 4,872 households of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.9% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.85.

The median age in the city was 42.9 years. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.2% were from 25 to 44; 27% were from 45 to 64; and 20.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.

2000 censusEdit

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 11,682 people, 5,048 households, and 3,160 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,562.1 people per square mile (603.0/km²). There were 5,471 housing units at an average density of 731.6 per square mile (282.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.05% White, 1.63% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.79% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.59% of the population.

There were 5,048 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 20.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,098, and the median income for a family was $42,088. Males had a median income of $31,163 versus $22,130 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,436. About 6.8% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.3% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.

EconomyEdit

Coshocton lies in a coal-producing region. The nearby Conesville Power Plant uses this coal to generate power. Strip mining is a by-product of this industry.

In addition, the region has a history of agriculture, with both strawberries and apples available for local picking in summer and fall, respectively.

One of the industries in Coshocton included Shaw-Barton. Other industries included General Electric, the laminated products division; Edmont-Wilson, Pretty Products, Clow, WestRock, and St. Regis. Due to industrial restructuring in the late 20th century, a number of these industries have closed.

Since that period, tourism and water recreation have grown as part of the economy. The area was developed at the confluence of the Tuscarawas and Walhonding rivers, giving rise to the Muskingum River. Lake Park and Forest Hill Lake are nearby. The restored canal, part of the nearby historic Roscoe Village, is another heritage tourism attraction.

EducationEdit

The main branch of the Coshocton Public Library system is located on Main Street in downtown Coshocton.[14]

Public schoolsEdit

The city is primarily served by the Coshocton City School District which operates one elementary and one high school. Coshocton Elementary, a large new facility, and Coshocton High School are both located on a single campus on Cambridge Road.

A portion of the Northwest section of the city is within the River View Local School District and the Coshocton County Career Center also serves students in the city.

Private schoolsEdit

  • Sacred Heart Elementary
  • Coshocton Christian School

CollegeEdit

  • Central Ohio Technical College, Coshocton Campus

MediaEdit

Coshocton is served by two print newspapers, The Coshocton Tribune, a daily, and The Coshocton Beacon, a locally-owned paper published weekly.

The city is home to locally-owned WTNS radio, which has an adult contemporary format on their 99.3 FM frequency and a country format on their 1560 AM frequency.

Religious station, WHVY, broadcasting at 89.5 FM, is also licensed to the city.

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "A Pronunciation Guide to Places in Ohio". E.W.Scripps School of Journalism. Retrieved December 19, 2008.
  7. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 3, 2015. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  8. ^ https://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/del1778.asp
  9. ^ Tanner, Helen Hornbeck; Adele Hast; Jacqueline Peterson; Robert J. Surtees; Miklos Pinther (1987). Atlas of Great Lakes Indian History. University of Oklahoma Press. pp. 72, 81. ISBN 0-8061-2056-8.
  10. ^ Hunt, William Ellis (1876). Historical Collections of Coshocton County, Ohio. R. Clarke & Company. p. 3.
  11. ^ Mertes, Alyssa. "History of Promotional Products | Quality Logo Products®". https://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/. Retrieved January 9, 2019. External link in |website= (help)
  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  14. ^ "Hours & Locations". Coshocton Public Library. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  15. ^ "R&B Singer Vesta Williams Found Dead at 53". ABC News. Associated Press. September 23, 2011.

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