Entertainment

"The City with Heart in the Heart of it All"

Leisure and Entertainment for the Young & Old!
 
Located in the Mahoning Valley of Northeast Ohio, midway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, Struthers offers residents the comfort and convenience of small town life and easy access to bigger cities. Whether you're looking for a place to live, work, or play, you'll find it in Struthers!
 

Struthers Memorial Field House
111 Euclid Avenue, Struthers, Ohio 44471

Home of the Struthers Wildcats and Lady Wildcats High School basketball teams. The Field House is also the host to the Ohio Basketball Tournament, the Aut Mori Grotto Circus, various musical concerts, Professional Boxing, and World Wrestling Federation exhibitions. For more information on the Struthers Memorial Field House, call the Struthers Board of Education at 330-750-1061.
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Cene Park
35 Main Street, Struthers, Ohio 44471

A baseball complex of major league dimensions, Cene Park is home to Class B Baseball and host for Connie Mack, NABF and Youngstown State University baseball. For more information call 330-755-3210.
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Valley Sports Ltd.
276 State Street, Struthers, Ohio 44471
A premiere soccer facility with two indoor and two outdoor soccer fields. Valley Sports is home to a growing list of soccer leagues. It can also accommodate trade shows and private rentals. For more information, call 330-755-1661.
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Yellow Creek Park
19 Lowellville Road, Struthers, Ohio 44471
A beautiful part of the Mill Creek MetroParks, Yellow Creek is set in a beautiful 90 acre natural gorge that provides hiking and nature activities as well as playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts. Indoor and outdoor pavilions are great for group picnics and concerts are occasionally held in the park. For more information, call 330-755-7275.
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Mauthe Park
156 Smithfield Street, Struthers, Ohio 44471
A newly restored 10 acre City park with picnic facilities, indoor and outdoor pavilions, playgrounds, ball fields, walkways, and more. Plan your next barbecue or birthday party at Mauthe Park for a day full of fun for everyone! For more information, call 330-755-2181 extension #110.
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Stavich Bike Trail
State Route 289, near Struthers-Lowellville Border
 
This trail begins on State Route 289 (Broad Street) just past New Castle Road (eastbound) and parallels the Mahoning River for 10 scenic and historic miles east into Pennsylvania. It is built on the right of way of an old trolley line which ran many years ago. For more information about Stavich Bike Trail, call 330-755-2181 extension #110.
 

Davis Ball Field
(100 Katherine Street, Struthers, Ohio 44471)
 
A well developed youth baseball complex of 5 lighted ball fields serving over 500 youth. For more information, call Struthers Baseball League at 330-750-1111. Click Here for a Google Map to Davis Ball Field.


 
And Even More Attractions Nearby 

Cultural Attractions
 
In the Youngstown-Metro area, there are five art galleries and museums, two ballet companies, three performance centers, seven live theater companies and two symphonies.
 

Mill Creek Metro Park
A beautiful 2,537 acre natural park system offering hiking, jogging, boating, two golf courses, nature center, winter activities, concerts, pavilions, picnic facilities and lots more. Click here for more information.
 

Stambaugh Stadium
 
Home of the NCAA Division I AA National Champion Youngstown State University Penguins.
 

Golf
 
There are 42 public and six private golf courses in the Youngstown-Metro area. At least 30 are within 30 minutes of Struthers! the area is also home to the Giant Eagle LPGA Tournament.
 

Major and Minor League Baseball
 
Major League Baseball's American League Cleveland Indians and beautiful Progressive Field are just a short drive west on the Ohio Turnpike from Struthers. It is an even shorter drive to see the Class AA affiliate Akron Aeros at Canal Park, or visit the Class A Affiliate Mahoning Valley Scrappers at Cafaro Field in Niles. Feel like driving east, instead? Visit the Brand New PNC Park where the Pittsburgh Pirates play in MLB's National League.
 

Amusement Parks

Three major amusement parks Cedar Point, and Kennywood Park) are within a 60 minute drive of Struthers. Also nearby is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton and the Carnegie Science Center.
 

EVEN MORE NEARBY...
 
Struthers is close to The Ohio River, Lake Erie and a number of other lakes offer summer resorts, fishing, boating and camping. In a short drive, you can be skiing at some of Ohio's finest ski resorts.
 

City of Struthers Entertainment and Recreation

This iron industry, The forerunner of America's great steel industry, probably contributed more than any one thing to the winning of freedom for the original thirteen colonies. As migration westward and the settlement of our frontiers moved ever forward, these iron works furnished the tools, plows, wagon iron, pots, kettles etc., which were so necessary to the conquering of towering forests and limitless virgin lands.

As the industry moved on, these iron works of our pioneer fathers, were built in forest glades where the Indians still lurked. In 1803 the first of these furnaces was built on Yellow Creek adjacent to John Struthers' 400 acres. This was the first blast furnace west of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Events during the period of the construction of this furnace prove that the Indian problem was a serious one to these early settlers. The settlements in the Mahoning Valley actually faced many of the horrors, of frontier life. Most of these horrors could be traced to trouble with hostile Indians, who still roamed the forests along the Mahoning River. In fact on Sunday, July 20, 1800, two Indians were killed near Youngstown in an altercation with white settlers. As late as 1804 an Indian was tried at Youngstown for killing a white settler at Salt Springs.

As civilization pushed ever westward living conditions in the new settlement on Yellow Creek became less hazardous. The struggle for existence however, became less rigorous only with the coming of conveniences made possible by the growth of the iron industry and the development of transportation facilities.

The little furnace on Yellow Creek was constructed by Daniel Eaton. Its capacity was but a few tons a week and the entire output was used in the casting of pots, kettles and sad irons for the new settlers. No casting of products was done on Sundays and the iron on these days was formed into small pigs, which were then transported to the Pittsburgh bloomeries where it was converted into bar-iron.

About 1806 John Struthers also saw the possibilities in the iron business and about this time he associated himself with Robert Montgomery and David Clendennin in the erection of a second furnace about a mile and 2 half down Yellow Creek from Baton's furnace. Later on this partnership purchased the Eaton stack.

The small Struthers operations prospered until 1812. The war of 1812-14, called away the available workmen and left the furnaces idle. The Eaton-Struthers furnaces never operated again and John Struthers emerged from the havoc of these war years with his industry and his lands gone.

The little settlement on Yellow Creek remained almost dormant for more than sixty years. The Ohio Canal gave impetus to the growth of Lowellville and Youngstown but it remained for the building of a railroad to bring Struthers to life.

In 1865, Thomas Struthers, son of John Struthers, who had located in Warren, Pa., bought back the old Struthers homestead, or much of if, and laid out the village, to which he gave his family's name. Two rail-roads were built through the site of the little village, a post office was established in 1866 and in 1867 industry was revived through the erection of a saw mill.

In 1869 Struthers again became an iron producing community with the construction of the Anna Furnace by the Struthers. Iron Company. In 1880 there was added the sheet mill plant of the Summer's Brothers Co., and in 1888 the plant of the J. A. and D. P. Cooper Gear Company.

With all these activities Struthers still remained a village of less than 1,000 inhabitants, after 100 years had elapsed since John.Struthers built his first cabin and erected the sawmill and grist mill on Yellow Creek. In 1899 Struthers was brought into closer communication with Youngstown and the upper Mahoning Valley by the completion of an interurban electric line.

In 1902 the neighboring village of East Youngstown (now Campbell) was started. This new community was started shortly after the incorporation of The Youngstown Iron Sheet and Tube Company (known as The Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co., since 1905).

The erection of this plant, near the 100-year-old settlement gave Struthers a growth impetus which demanded civic action. Throughout the years the village was an unincorporated part of Poland Township, but the need of a better government became apparent and in November 1902, Struthers became a formally incorporated municipality, with an historical background of which it could well be proud.

The first village election was held on Dec. 6, 1902, with the first village officers as follows: Thomas Roberts, mayor, Andrew E. Black, clerk, Seth J. McNabb, treasurer, George Demmil, marshal, George Zumpky, William Maurice, Harry Swager, W. A. Morrison, Clark McCombs and John H. Shatter as councilmen.