Martins Ferry, Ohio
|Martins Ferry, Ohio|
Fourth Street downtown
|Nickname(s): Ohio's First Settlement|
Location of Martins Ferry, Ohio
Location of Martins Ferry in Belmont County
|• Total||2.33 sq mi (6.03 km2)|
|• Land||2.33 sq mi (6.03 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||709 ft (216 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||6,831|
|• Density||2,967.8/sq mi (1,145.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1061478|
Martins Ferry is part of the Wheeling Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Martins Ferry is the oldest European settlement in the state of Ohio, having been settled at least as early as 1779. The community was a westward extension of the city of Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia), but at that time, settlement on the west bank of the Ohio River was not permitted. The town was disbanded a couple of times before becoming permanent in 1785.
Unlike Marietta, Ohio's oldest city, Martins Ferry remained an unincorporated settlement for a relatively long time. It did not officially become a city until 1865, a full 77 years after Marietta. Through the years, it has been known as Hoglinstown, Mercertown, Norristown, Jefferson, Martinsville, and Martin's Ferry (the apostrophe is no longer used).
In 1835, Ebenezer Martin, the son of Absalom Martin, one of the city's earliest settlers, redesigned the town with a grid system of streets, much of which survives to this day. It was from this family that Martins Ferry took its name.
The city developed as an important industrial center during the late 19th century and early 20th century. It became an important rail hub and river port. Over the past 50 years, the town's population has decreased significantly as industries have closed or moved elsewhere. Today, the city's population is less than half of what it once was.
Martins Ferry is at (40.099122, -80.725154).
The town is built on two basic plateaus between a hill and the Ohio River. The lower plateau, along the river, is dominated by a large industrial park, the Martins Ferry Football Stadium, and Ohio State Route 7 (a four-lane traffic artery that runs from north to south across eastern Ohio). The higher plateau, which is the larger of the two, is predominantly residential and commercial, and is home to most of the city's residents. It gradually rises to a steep hillside in the west that forms a natural wall.
Directly across the river lies the city of Wheeling, West Virginia, and to the east is the Pennsylvania state line. The city of Columbus, Ohio, is 125 miles (201 km) to the west, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is 59 miles (95 km) northeast of the city. On the southern end of town, Martins Ferry is directly connected to the village of Bridgeport.
As of the census of 2010, there were 6,915 people, 3,022 households, and 1,787 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,967.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,145.9/km2). There were 3,431 housing units at an average density of 1,472.5 per square mile (568.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.6% White, 5.6% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race 0.7% of the population.
There were 3,022 households of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 16.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.9% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.89.
The median age in the city was 42.1 years. 21.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.5% were from 25 to 44; 28.9% were from 45 to 64; and 17.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.
During the census of 2000, there were 7,226 people, 3,202 households, and 1,959 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,345.1 people per square mile (1,291.7/km²). There were 3,680 housing units at an average density of 1,703.6 per square mile (657.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.19% White, 5.11% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.
There were 3,202 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.2% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 35.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.86.
In the city, the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 20.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $23,960, and the median income for a family was $32,365. Males had a median income of $30,486 versus $21,979 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,672. About 16.1% of families and 18.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.6% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.
Martins Ferry's largest employers include East Ohio Regional Hospital, a 250-bed hospital that is home to a level-three trauma center, a birthing unit and an expanding surgical department. A new surgical building is scheduled for completion this year.[when?] Other major employers include Nickles Bakery, one of three modern bakeries in the Nickles family providing fresh baked goods to a seven-state area; United Dairy, a family-owned dairy serving nine states; and the Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation, which operates its galvanizing plant in Martins Ferry, producing some 700,000 tons of SofTite Galvanized Steel each year. The steel mill was bought out by Severstal and went bankrupt.
Martins Ferry is home to the corporate headquarters of United Bancorp, a financial institution operating two banks, The Citizens Savings Bank of Martins Ferry and the Community Bank of Lancaster. The two banks have a total of 15 locations across eastern and southern Ohio. The city is also home to Carolina Furniture Company, Deluxe Toy and Hobby, and The Times Leader, serving more than 50,000 people.
The children of Martins Ferry are educated by the Martins Ferry City School District, which has an enrollment of 1,488 students on one campus. In addition to the public school system, Martins Ferry is also served by two religious schools: St Mary's Catholic School and the Martins Ferry Christian School.
Over the 2007 Christmas vacation, all Martins Ferry Public School students were relocated to their new K-12 campus-style school. The new school cost a reported $40.9 million. It includes a new elementary school building and combination middle/high school building. 75% of the cost, or $31.9 million, was covered by the state, while the remaining 25%, or $9 million, was funded locally. Land for the campus was donated by the Ayers family.
On March 28, 2008, The Times Leader reported that Elm Middle School, as well as the former high school, were set to be demolished. Demolition cost a reported $458,000. Both school lots have since been taken over for residential building. North School and South School remain closed, awaiting bids for the space.
There are 14 churches providing places of worship for Catholics, Baptists, Methodists, Nazarenes, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Greek Orthodox Christians, Episcopalians and non-denominational Christians. There are also a number of clubs and organizations for veterans, ethnic groups and senior citizens.
The city has multiple cemeteries, including Riverview Cemetery, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery and Walnut Grove Pioneer Cemetery. The latter is the burial place of local heroine, Betty Zane, who saved Fort Henry in Wheeling during one of the last battles of the American Revolutionary War by hiding gunpowder inside her dress. Her brother, Ebenezer Zane, who cut Zane's Trace from Wheeling to Maysville, Kentucky, opening the west for settlement, is also buried in Walnut Grove Pioneer Cemetery, along with Absalom and Ebenezer Martin and other important early settlers.
In early spring, the city holds a Soap Box Derby.
In 2008, the new high school opened for the area. The previous public high school, Charles R. Shreve High School was closed midway through the 2007–2008 school year.
- Joe DeNardo – Pittsburgh meteorologist
- Alex Groza – gold medalist in 1948 Summer Olympics and star basketball player, brother of Lou
- Lou Groza (AKA "The Toe") – Pro Football Hall of Fame kicker and offensive lineman with Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Buckeyes, brother of Alex
- John Havlicek – Hall of Fame basketball great for Ohio State and Boston Celtics; member of OSU's 1960 championship team and Boston Celtics 1960's NBA championship dynasty
- Cecil Hobbs - scholar of Southeast Asian history
- William Dean Howells – realist author
- Johnny Lipon - Major League Baseball infielder and Cleveland Indians manager
- Joe Niekro - Major League Baseball pitcher from 1967–1988 for seven different teams, primarily the Houston Astros
- Phil Niekro - Major League Baseball pitcher inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997; both Niekro brothers grew up in Martins Ferry
- Tim Spencer – former football player for the NFL and USFL; running backs coach of Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- James Wright – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author
- DJ Daner
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and dry, cold winters temperatures. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Martins Ferry has a Humid continental climate.
|Climate data for Martins Ferry, Ohio|
|Average high °C (°F)||4
|Average low °C (°F)||−6
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||74
|Source: Weatherbase |
In popular culture
- James Wright wrote Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio. The James Wright Poetry Festival was held in Martins Ferry from 1981 to 2007.
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- Leonard, Vince (November 22, 1968). "DeNardo Quits Over Climate At Channel 2". The Pittsburgh Press (VOL. 85, No. 150). p. 58. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
- Meet Joe Niekro
- Climate Summary for Martins Ferry
- "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013. Retrieved on September 14, 2013.
- "Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio". poets.org. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
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