Introduction to Girard, Ohio
Girard, Ohio, in Trumbull county, is 4 miles NW of Youngstown, Ohio (center to center) and 56 miles SE of Cleveland, Ohio. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Youngstown - Warren metropolitan area. It has a population of approximately 10,902.
In 1798, a group of land speculators purchased the entire Connecticut Western Reserve. This land was then divided amongst the men, and Liberty Township was created from a part of it. This township was surveyed again and divided into 25 lots. The area now known as Girard was one of these lots. Hieronimus Eckman and his family, who were the first settlers, arrived in Girard in 1802. The community was officially founded in 1836. In the following years, it prospered due to the construction of the Pennsylvania and the Ohio Canal, and the Cleveland and Mahoning Railroad. During the late 19th century, industry grew significantly, especially that of iron and steel. Girard was incorporated as a village in 1893, and it was granted city status in 1921. According to records, the community was named in honor of philanthropist Stephen Girard.
Girard and Nearby Attractions
- Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor
- National McKinley Birthplace Memorial
- Nelson - Kennedy Ledges State Park
- Arms Family Museum of Local History
- Lake Milton State Park
- Holden Arboretum
Things To Do In Girard
Girard is home to several parks which provide a host of recreational facilities including Liberty Park, Prospect Park, Tod Park, and Stambaugh Park. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Mahoning Golf Course. National McKinley Birthplace Memorial is a place of historical interest near the city. The Arms Family Museum of Local History, Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor, National Packard Museum, and Lawrence County Historical Society showcase various artifacts and memorabilia reflecting the region's cultural and historical background. Girard Mini-Mall Shopping Center is a popular shopping mall in the city. Among other popular destinations in the area are Holden Arboretum, Six Flags Worlds of Adventure, and Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park.
Air transportation is available from Youngstown - Warren Regional Airport.
Girard Higher Education
Youngstown State University, Kent State University - Main Campus, and Mount Union College are some of the colleges near Girard.