11 Cool Things You Didn't Know About Mansfield

Mansfield may not be the most famous city in the country, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have an interesting story to tell.

We can prove it, too. We’ve compiled these 11 interesting facts about the town that you might not know. Take a look:

  • Mansfield has played host to some big Hollywood productions. Parts of Tango & Cash, The Shawshank Redemption, and Air Force One were all filmed here.

  • The Lincoln Highway was the first road across the United States. Around 1913 , this important road crossed through Mansfield. Yes, that means that for a time Mansfield help connect the whole country together!

  • The city was founded all the way back in 1808 by James Hedges, Joseph Larwell, and Jacob Newman, but it doesn’t bear any of their names. Instead, it was named after United States Surveyor Genera Colonel Jared Mansfield, the same man who directed its planning.

  • Mansfield was officially incorporated as a village in 1828, then in 1857 it was incorporated as a city. At the time, it had a population of just over 5,000 people.

  • Railroads helped the city’s population explode, with the populace tripling by the year 1890.

  • The city’s official motto is “The Fun Center of Ohio.” So it’s like the center of a Tootsie Pop in that respect.

  • Manufacturing was the heart and soul of the town in the early 20th Century, led by Westinghouse Electric Corporation and the Tappan Stove Company. Westinghouse alone boasted over 8,000 employees, who worked hard to make home appliances and other electric products.

  • In the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, Mansfield was the headquarters of the Highway Safety Foundation, which you probably are familiar with even if you don’t realize it. They are the folks who produced those horrific driving safety films you saw in school when you were a kid.

  • The Miss Ohio Pageant, which is a preliminary pageant for Miss America, is held in Mansfield at The Renaissance.

  • Johnny Appleseed isn’t an American legend. He was actually a real person. His real name was Johnny Chapman, and he had a tree nursery right here in Mansfield.

  • Samuel Martin owned the first house built in Mansfield, but he didn’t stay long. He was chased from the country for illegally selling whiskey to Native Americans!

Cool stuff, right? This just proves that our quiet little community is a lot more interesting than people realize!