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AKRON IS THE HOME OF...

  • Ice cream cones, hamburgers and caramel corn snacks were invented in Akron by Charles E. Menches
  • The first graded school system in the United States and where the concept of a school superintendent was created
  • The highest point on the Ohio-Erie Canal
  • The first synthetic rubber tire, marketed in 1940
  • The first balloon tire in 1924
  • The first long distance electric railway in the world, the ABC Line – Akron, Bedford, Cleveland
  • The birthplace of the trucking industry
  • The world's largest model train display at the Depot, at Quaker Square (former site of the Quaker Oats Co.)
  • One of the largest buildings without interior supports, the Loral Airdock – where Goodyear once built blimps – is 22 stories high and could accommodate four football games at once. Its height and atmosphere actually produce rain inside.
  • The first breakfast cereal, now Quaker Oats
  • Processed cereals developed by Akron's Ferdinand Schumacher, the oatmeal king
  • Alcoholics Anonymous, founded in Akron by "Dr. Bob" (Smith) and "Bill W." (Wilson) in 1935
  • America's first toy company, S.C. Dyke Co., manufacturer of marbles
  • The first automobile police patrol wagon, in 1899
  • Derby Downs, home of the All-American Soap Box Derby, the world's greatest amateur racing event
  • The first artificial fish bait, made by Pfleuger Fishing Tackle Company
  • Abolitionist John Brown, and the site of Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman" speech on freedom from slavery (1851)
  • Inventure Place, the world's first transactive science museum, and home of the National Inventors Hall of Fame
  • The Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club every August
  • The largest small business incubator in the state and one of the largest in the world
  • Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, considered the finest example of Tudor Revival architecture in America, built by Frank A. Seiberling, founder of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

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