Struthers - Location 

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

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Once a steel town in the Mahoning Valley of northeast Ohio, Struthers has diversified into an urban community with a mix of residential, commercial, industrial and recreational areas to meet different needs.
 
Mahoning Valley of Opportunity


A variety of affordable housing exists in Struthers and the surrounding area. The Mahoning Valley and the Struthers area in particular, is ranked as one of the most affordable housing areas, with a relative cost of only 92.3 with a national average set at 100. From $40,000 to $200,000, you get more house for your money in STRUTHERS! The overall cost of living index for the area is also below the national average (92.2 with a national average set at 100) as reported by the American Chamber of Commerce.
 
Located in the Youngstown-Warren Metropolitan Area, 60 miles from both Cleveland and Pittsburgh, and only an 8 hour drive from Chicago and New York City, Struthers, Ohio offers all the advantages of a small town and easy access to the big city. The community is served by Interstates 680, 80 (Ohio Turnpike) 76 and Ohio Route 11, the Lake Erie to Ohio River Throughway. The Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, Cleveland Hopkins Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport are all nearby.
 
The Mahoning Valley is ranked 12th in the nation in manufacturing sites. In Struthers, the CASTLO INDUSTRIAL PARK, a nonprofit Community Improvement Corporation, offers commercial and industrial space for a variety of business needs. From rail and road access to full utilities and overhead cranes, CASTLO can give you a great square foot price, typically $1 to $3.50/sq. ft. and if we don't have what you are looking for, we'll help you find it nearby. All this and a location that will put you within a days drive of one of the largest market areas in the United States. How does half the population of the US. and Canada sound? The Youngstown-Warren SMA is contiguous with six other metropolitan areas.
 
Zoned for industry with infrastructure already in place, the Corridor of Opportunity lies within a day's reach of more than half of the markets of North America. Directly accessible to the Interstate Highway System, it boasts excellent rail access and a full-service rail yard. Additionally, it is anchored at east and west by thriving, successful industrial parks. CLICK HERE for more Info!

City of Struthers Location

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.