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|— City —|
|Nickname(s): The Shaded City|
|Ohio, United States|
|• Mayor||John Gore|
|• City||16.56 sq mi (42.89 km2)|
|• Land||16.27 sq mi (42.14 km2)|
|• Water||0.29 sq mi (0.75 km2)|
|Elevation||991 ft (302 m)|
|• Estimate (2011)||22,288|
|• Density||1,358.0/sq mi (524.3/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1061480|
Marysville is a city in and the county seat of Union County, Ohio, United States. Marysville is part of the metropolitan statistical area of Columbus, Ohio. The population was 22,094 at the 2010 census. This marks a 38.59% increase from 2000.
Marysville's longtime slogan is "Where the Grass is Greener".
In December 2008, Marysville was designated as a "Preserve America Community" by the White House.
Marysville was originally part of Northwest Territory, and then became part of the Virginia Military District within that territory, and eventually became part of the state of Ohio. One of the original surveyors of the area was James Galloway, Jr., who first visited in 1805. Marysville was founded in 1816 by Samuel W. Cuthbertson, who named the town after his daughter Mary, along the small waterway of Mill Creek.
County seat designation 
After the organization of the county by the Ohio Legislature, Marysville was designated as the seat of Union County. The first recorded meeting of the commissioners was in 1820. Between 1835 and 1840, a courthouse was constructed. Eventually a new courthouse would be built in Marysville, dedicated on January 27, 1883. This is the present courthouse today.
In 1849, a county infirmary was authorized. The first county jail was a log structure that sat on the southside of East Center street, in the rear of the courthouse. Eventually a new jail was authorized by the commissioners and built in the 1870s. In 1878 the county purchased a 10-ton safe for the treasury, that eventually was moved into courthouse.
The first county fair was held in 1847 in Marysville, in the public square. In 1852, the Agriculture Society moved the fair to the current location, on the northside of town. The Bible Society was organized in 1830. On December 4, 1875, a group met at the courthouse in Marysville to organize the Union County Pioneer society.
In 1866, the Union County Teachers' Institute was organized in Marysville, with Franklin Wood serving at the first President. In 1882, a normal school was organized by J.S. Wharton, which specialized in instructing future teachers.
Early development 
Marysville was originally laid out in 1820. The first permanent settlement was made by Abraham Amrine, of Swiss descent, in 1817, two miles north of the city. Today the main road leading to the high school is named Amrine-Mill Rd.
In 1824, the first post office was established. At this time, there were only four families in the village. In 1828, a log cabin on the east side of town was the first school. By 1839, there were three schools. In 1843, the first high school was opened by Caroline Humphrey, and by 1850 there was a Board of Education making annual reports to the voters.
In 1837, the Ohio Gazetteer published that Marysville was a small post town with a court house and a jail, forty-five dwelling houses, one tavern, three stores, one practicing physician, two attorneys and about 250 inhabitants. By 1846, Marysville had 360 inhabitants, three small dry goods stores, two churches-Presbyterian and Methodist, a private school, and a newspaper office.
Early Marysville businesses during this period included McClouds Drug Store on the south side of the square, the Cheap Cash Store, the American Hotel, the W.W. Woods store, and Hare and Hughes, a hat business located on the southwest corner of the square. Several locals ran personal unnamed businesses. The village was incorporated in 1840, with Otway Curry elected as the first mayor.
Ladders were first purchased for a fire department in 1845, and by 1865 the village had purchased the first fire engine. The commissioners petitioned for a fire house, but it would not be built until 1906, being a two level brick building.
A census in 1859 showed that the village had 981 residents. By 1865, Marysville had six dry goods stores, one hardware store, nine or ten groceries, a mill, a woolen factory, and most of the trades and professions. It was growing steadily by this point.
In 1877, the town council decided to build a city hall on the southeast corner of Main and South. It would be completed in 1878, and house the council rooms, public library, fire department rooms, and city prison. An opera house would be constructed as well. In 1877, a fine building was erected on the eastside of town for education. It had 10 rooms for educational purposes, other rooms for various purposes, and an exhibition hall on the upper floor. The Agassiz Scientific, Archaeological and Historical Society of Marysville was organized in 1879, and placed in the East school building. Their museum was also placed in East.
By 1890, Marysville had a population of 2,832 residents, and by 1888 had earned itself the title “the Shaded City” because of its tree-lined streets.
Early manufacturing and banking 
Marysville's industrial roots can be traced back to many early companies. Among those were the Marysville Pearlash Factory, an ashery founded in 1848, which by 1874 was the largest in the United States. The first steam-grist mill was erected in 1856 by Saxton and Casil. In 1867, Miller & Snodgrass constructed a flour mill. In 1874, Marysville Butter Tub and Spoke Company was incorporated with $50,000.
A wool company, Woodbury & Welsh, constructed a factory out of brick in the northeast part of town in 1864, and a brewery was built in 1866 on the east side. In 1868, O.M. Scotts and Company was organized. In 1871, the Marysville Cheese Manufacturing Company was built on the east side. Many carriage manufacturing companies operated in Marysville, including Bauer, Schepper & Devine in 1882, City Carriage Works in 1871, and L. E. Helium in 1874.
In 1875 Rice, Fleck & Co. opened a lumberyard. The Marysville Gas Light Company was incorporated in 1878 following almost a decade of the city using gasoline for lighting. The Bank of Marysville was opened in 1854, the Farmer's Bank of Union County in 1868 located on the southeast corner of the square, and the People's Bank in 1874.
There's an interesting sidenote concerning Marysville's early manufacturing history—a story about a fire in 1858 at the Union factory, was published in the New York Times.
Early culture 
In 1827 the Methodist Episcopal Church was organized. In 1856 the church dedicated a new building on East Center street. The first 4 July celebrations were held in 1828.
In 1840, Otway Curry, a poet of national fame and resident of Marysville, wrote the "Log Cabin Song." It would inspire the Log Cabin Campaign of William Henry Harrison, who would go onto win the Presidential election that year.
The Presbyterian Church was organized in the house of Stephen McClain on September 9, 1829. In 1866, a movement was started to construct a new church building; a new building was finally dedicated in 1870, located at the corner of Center and West streets. The Congregational Church organized in 1864, with a building constructed on the northeast corner of West and South street.
The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, a Roman Catholic Church, was constructed in 1866 at Water street near the railroad station. The German Lutheran Church organized in 1875, also operating their own school. Many other churches would eventually be constructed, including a new Methodist Church on W. 6th street and S. Court.
Modern development 
Over the next century, Marysville's population would double from its 1890 census. A new high school was built in the West neighborhood behind the courthouse, which would then become a middle school later when a new high school would be built on the north side. The most recent high school went up in the 1990s. At that time, the old high school became the new middle school, and the old middle school became county offices.
In 1948, Nestle USA opened a research and development center in the West neighborhood. A new city hall would be constructed on the southeast side of Uptown, which housed the police department. Memorial Hospital of Union County located in the Medical district in 1952. Many other developments took place during this time, including the construction of the Union County Airport on the east side in 1967, as well as numerous manufacturing companies and small housing developments being constructed throughout the city. Timberview, an upscale residential section on the south side, would be constructed, and included a golf course. Greenwood Colony would also be built on the south side.
In 1982, Honda opened manufacturing plants on the far west side of the town. This caused the expansion of the U.S. Route 33. U.S. President George H.W. Bush would visit in 1992 as part of his "whistle stop train tour" re-election campaign.
In 2006, Marysville was named one of the best five hometowns in Ohio by Ohio Magazine. By this time, the population had nearly tripled over the last two decades. Marysville’s "Uptown Area" (downtown) has recently experienced large investment by the public-private partnership group "Uptown Renewal Team" (URT), and over $1 million has recently been invested by various business owners.
Military heritage 
Marysville military heritage traces its roots back to the American Revolutionary War. Marysville has contributed sons and daughters to every branch of service in every American war. Marysville native Cornelia Cole Fairbanks, wife of U.S. Vice President Charles W. Fairbanks, would serve as the President of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the early 20th century.
In 2007, the Union County Veterans Remembrance Committee dedicated the Union County Veterans Memorial on the northeast lawn of the courthouse. This was sponsored through private, public, and corporate grants and donations, including support from the Union County Foundation. In attendance were hundreds of citizens, U.S. Representative Deborah Pryce, and many other political and civic leaders. In 2008, the Ohio National Guard opened a new $8.2 million Marysville facility on the east side adjacent to the YMCA.
Historic architecture of Marysville 
Frank Lloyd Wright prairie style, West
Italianate style, West(former home of U.S. Representative Cornelius Hamilton)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.56 square miles (42.89 km2), of which, 16.27 square miles (42.14 km2) is land and 0.29 square miles (0.75 km2) is water.
As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $55,671. Males had a median income of $40,973 versus $27,427 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,812. About 4.0% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.
The median price for a home in Marysville was $168,100 according to Census 2010.
2010 census 
As of the census of 2010, there were 22,094 people, 7,314 households, and 5,050 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,358.0 inhabitants per square mile (524.3 /km2). There were 7,969 housing units at an average density of 489.8 per square mile (189.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.4% White, 4.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.
There were 7,314 households out of which 41.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.0% were non-families. 25.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.16.
The median age in the city was 33.1 years. 26.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 36.1% were from 25 to 44; 20.7% were from 45 to 64; and 8.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 42.8% male and 57.2% female.
Marysville has a strong industrial, commercial, and agricultural core with unemployment rates are consistently below the state and national averages. The city personal income tax is 1.5%, as well as the business tax. Private sector companies range from manufacturing, health care, legal, accounting, financial, agriculture, food service, retail, information and technology, construction, materials and chemicals, and more. In all, there is an estimated 1300+ businesses in Marysville.
Industrial and manufacturing 
Marysville is the headquarters for Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, the largest producer in the world of horticulture products. The company was founded in 1868 by Orlando Scott in Marysville, and has grown to have an $8 billion market.
It is the location of major Honda operations. The first production facilities opened by Honda in the United States were the Marysville Motorcycle Plant (1979) and the Marysville Auto Plant (1982), located about six miles (10 km) northwest of the city. The Marysville Auto Plant has been the leading producer of the Honda Accord since 1982. Production of the current generation Acura TL has been based in Marysville since 2003. The new Acura NSX, successor to the original Honda/Acura NSX, will be built at the Marysville facility, not just for the United States or North America, but for all markets. There are many companies that work closely with Honda in the area, including NEX Transport.
Marysville is also home to the corporate headquarters of Univenture, which manufactures and markets media packaging and a Parker Hannifin (formerly Denison Hydraulics) manufacturing facility. There is a regional Goodyear manufacturing facility that works in conjunction with Veyance Technology, which recently completed an $18 million expansion and has investors including the Carlyle Group, a DuPont operation, the eastern United States headquarters of United Rotary Brush, Ray Lewis and Son, Scioto Services, and many others.
Research and development 
Marysville is home to major research and development operations. Nestlé is located on the west side of the city, and in recent years improved their facilities with a modern, multi-million dollar makeover. Scotts Miracle Gro also has their R&D operations located on their corporate campus on the eastside. The Transportation Research Center, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to transportation research, is located a few miles from Marysville in East Liberty near the Honda manufacturing campus. A unit of Univenture, Algae Venture Systems, recently made a breakthrough by developing a process to produce algae as a cost-effective biofuel.
The Marysville area is home to major agricultural operations. Day Lay Egg Farm, one of the largest egg products manufacturers in the country, is located in the rural stretches around Marysville. Hi-Q Egg Products is currently in the process of building a state-of-the-art, modern facility in the area. Select Sires is a major biotech firm, specializing is animal reproduction services, which is located a few miles from Marysville. Many local, family operated farms surround the Marysville area. The Ohio State University operates an agricultural extension office in the northern part of the city.
Marysville is part of the Marysville Exempted Village Schools District.
Besides the Marysville Exempted Village School district, there are other opportunities for education as well. The local church-affiliated St. John’s Lutheran School and Trinity Lutheran School both have curricula for students up through the middle school level, and the LEADS Head Start program is a preschool and childhood development program which, in their own words, “serves income eligible families with children ages three and four, including children with special needs.”
Schools of Marysville 
The Union County Airport is located in Marysville. It sports a 4,220-foot (1,290 m) runway, complete passenger and freight air service, and can accommodate private and/or executive aircraft.
U.S. 33 
U.S. Route 33 is a four-lane controlled-access highway that runs through Marysville, connecting the city with major highways including Interstate 75 to the northwest, and the I-270 outerbelt to the southeast, which links with Interstates 70 and 71 in Columbus. Rt. 33 is considered one of the major transportation arteries in Ohio.
Intermodal railyard 
The city at the beginning of the 21st century fought and rejected a proposal to locate an intermodal railyard in the city limits, which would have provided the city with a regional county transportation hub label.
Water and sewer 
The City opened new sewer facilities and a water reservoir in 2009, which will prepare the community for future growth, as Union county is currently the third fastest growing county in the state of Ohio.
Inflatable dam technology 
In 2009, Marysville became the first city in Central Ohio, as well as possibly the state of Ohio and multi-state region, to employ the use of inflatable dam technology, which was built on Mill Creek. This type of technology is found in places such as Australia, Norway, and in the United States, in places such as Arizona. The dam is part of the new water reservoir system.
State prison 
Marysville is home to Ohio Reformatory for Women, the only state facility to house female prisoners.
Marysville is home to numerous physicians' offices, and Memorial Hospital of Union County. The hospital recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, bringing it into the modern era. Currently it is a 107-bed building, with a primary and emergency care center, and numerous other services including laboratory and imaging services. They also have long-term nursing care and an occupational health center.
In 2009, the hospital was named as one of the nation's most technologically improved centers by HHN magazine. The Ohio State University Heart Center opened there in 2009. The hospital is led by Olas Hubbs, a winner of Modern Healthcare Magazine's Up and Comer award in 2002, who was also featured in Columbus Business First's "Forty Under 40" in 2005.
The Marysville Journal-Tribune is the oldest newspaper establishment in the city, dating back to 1854. The Gaumer-Behrens family has owned the newspaper since 1904. Their electronic version has been awarded the "Best Website In The State Award" by the Associated Press.
Parks, fitness, and leisure 
The Marysville area is host to a wide variety of parks, fitness, and leisure activities.
Parks and leisure 
There are numerous parks, totaling over 300 acres (1.2 km2). They include such features as walking and bike nature trails along Mill Creek, with trails at Aldersgate, Eljers, McCarthy, Mill Creek, Mill Valley South and Central, and Shwartzkopf parks. There is an amphitheater at the American Legion park, soccer and baseball fields at Eljer, Lewis, Mill Creek, and Mill Valley South and Central parks, lighted tennis courts at Eljer and Lewis parks, basketball courts at the American Legion and Aldersgate park with lighted courts at Eljer and Lewis parks, and a football field at Lewis park. There is fishing at Aldersgate, McCarthy, Mill Creek, Mill Valley Central, and Shwartzkopf parks. There is a nature preserve at MacIvor Woods. There is a Frisbee golf course, and a skateboard park at Eljer Park. There is discussion in city council of constructing a dog park.
The Central Ohio Riding Club at Avalon Farm is located in the Marysville area, as well as Far and Away Farm, which hosts equine competitions. There are several local golf clubs, including Timberview, Marysville, Blues Creek, Rolling Meadows, Buck Ridge, Flagstone, and Darby Creek. The Piatt Castles, Covered Bridges of Union County, and the Big Darby Plains Scenic Byway are a short drive.
Marysville has a small, classic style cinema Uptown (closed), and the Houston House Art Gallery near Uptown. The Scotts Miracle-Gro museum is located just south of the square in Uptown.
The Marysville Public Library is located on Plum Street near Uptown.
Marysville is also host to several local festivals and downtown events throughout the year, such as:
- Taste of Marysville April 14, 2013
- The Union County Fair (late July-early August)
- Friday Nights Uptown (1 monthly:May-June-July-August)
- Farmers Market Festival (August)
- The All Ohio Balloon Festival (third week Aug) August 15-17, 2013
- Festifair (Saturday after Labor Day:September)
- Covered Bridge Festival (September)
- Legends of Marysville- Walking Tours (October)
- Uptown Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting
Sister city 
Notable residents 
- Robert S. Beightler — military general, engineer, businessman, and contributor to the modern Interstate Highway System and Ohio Turnpike
- Chase Blackburn — world champion professional American football athlete
- Cornelia Cole Fairbanks — 2nd Lady of the United States, former President-General of the Daughters of the American Revolution
- Arthur E. Drumm — industrialist, inventor, industrial broom pioneer
- Charles Coleman Finlay — American science fiction and fantasy author
- James Hagedorn — Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO, co-Chairman of National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden, and Chairman of Farms for City Kids Foundation
- Darren Hall — professional American baseball athlete
- Cornelius S. Hamilton — United States Congressman
- John F. Kinney — American jurist and politician
- Natalia Laschenova — Former Soviet Latvian gymnast, 1988 Olympic gold medalist
- Preston B. Plumb — United States Senator
- James Wallace Robinson — United States Congressman
- Orlando Scott — founder of the O.M. Scott and Sons Company, later becoming the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
- Gary Shirk — professional American football athlete
- Thomas B. Ward — United States Congressman
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