Ai, Ohio

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Ai is an unincorporated community[1] in Fulton County, Ohio, United States, established around 1843. The origin of its name has been a local controversy: some say that it was named after the biblical city of Ai,[2][3] while others believe that it was named after one of its founders, Ami Richards. The story continues Ami was a man, so others dropped the 'M' from his name to make the town's name more masculine.[4] Ai has been noted for its short place name.[5]

A post office was established at Ai in 1846, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1903.[6] With the construction of the Northern Indiana Air Line railroad during the 1850s, business activity shifted to nearby Swanton and Ai's population dwindled.[7]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ai, Ohio
  2. ^ Overman, William Daniel (1958). Ohio Town Names. Akron, OH: Atlantic Press. p. 2. 
  3. ^ Wolfe, Don (Aug 20, 1985). "Names of cities, villages often are history lessons". Toledo Blade. p. 9. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
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  5. ^ Wolfe, Don (Dec 3, 1985). "One More Letter And Ai May Be Put Onto Map". Toledo Blade. p. 17. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ai Post Office (historical)
  7. ^ Heinke, Ed (Apr 7, 1980). "Ai: a name you can pronounce". The Bryan Times. p. 13. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 

Coordinates: 41°37′41″N 83°56′07″W / 41.62806°N 83.93528°W / 41.62806; -83.93528