Clarkson, Ohio

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Clarkson, Ohio
Unincorporated community
Clarkson, looking south towards Clarkson Presbyterian Church
Clarkson, looking south towards Clarkson Presbyterian Church
Clarkson is located in Ohio
Clarkson, Ohio - location within Columbiana County
Coordinates: 40°44′50″N 80°36′47″W / 40.74722°N 80.61306°W / 40.74722; -80.61306Coordinates: 40°44′50″N 80°36′47″W / 40.74722°N 80.61306°W / 40.74722; -80.61306
Country United States
State Ohio
County Columbiana
Township Middleton
Elevation[1] 1,181 ft (360 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44455
Area code(s) 330, 234
GNIS Feature ID 1056809[1]

Clarkson is an unincorporated community in southwestern Middleton Township, Columbiana County, Ohio, United States, clustered around the intersection of Clarkson and Sprucevale roads.


Clarkson is located at 40°44′50″N 80°36′47″W / 40.74722°N 80.61306°W / 40.74722; -80.61306 (40.7470065, -80.6134048).[1] The majority of residences are clustered at the intersection of Clarkson and Sprucevale Roads (County Highways 426 and 428).


Clarkson was platted in February 1816[2] by Robert Hanna,[3] who moved there in a conestoga wagon with his wife. It was surveyed by William Heald. Hanna built and resided in a log tavern at the intersection of two roads. This building was later known as the Edward McGinnis tavern.[4][5][6]

In 1817, James Monroe, while President of the United States, visited his cousin, Catherine Hanna, in Clarkson.[6]

A post office was established in Clarkson in 1833 and remained until 1935.[7]

An early settler and businessman was Milo Warrick who, in 1840, was a cabinet maker and undertaker in Clarkson. His son, Clement Vlandingham Warrick, opened a general store in Clarkson in 1885. He established the first Standard Oil dealership in Ohio, holding vendor's license Number 1.[4][8]

Pretty Boy Floyd, bank robber, was shot and killed by FBI agents in a corn field near Clarkson in 1934.[9][10]

Local attractions[edit]

Gaston's Mill, named for Clarkson resident Philander Gaston, lies within Beaver Creek State Park. The mill was built in 1837 and has been restored.[11]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Clarkson
  2. ^ McCord, William B. (1905). History of Columbiana County, Ohio and Representative Citizens. Biographical Publishing Company. p. 303. 
  3. ^ Mack, Horace (1879). History of Columbiana County, Ohio: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Unigraphic. p. 198. 
  4. ^ a b Gaston, Philander. "Pioneer days of the little rural center of Clarkson [Columbiana County, Ohio, 1816-1873];portrayed by Philander Gaston (one of the oldest residents).". 
  5. ^ Croly, Herbert David (1912). Marcus Alonzo Hanna: his life and work. The Macmillan Company. p. 3. 
  6. ^ a b Rice, Charles Elmer (1905). A history of the Hanna family: Being a genealogy of the descendants of Thomas Hanna and Elizabeth (Henderson) Hanna, who emigrated to America in 1763 (Google eBook). A. Pim & son. 
  7. ^ "Clarkson Post Office (historical)". Geographic Name Information System (GNIS). USGS. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "89-Year Old Storekeeper Sets a Mark". Youngstown (Ohio) Vindicator. February 21, 1953. 
  9. ^ "Kansas City Massacre—Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd". Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Government. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  10. ^ Burrough, Bryan (2009). Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34. Penguin. ISBN 978-0-14-311586-1. 
  11. ^ "Beaver Creek State Park". Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 27 February 2011.