Youngstown, Ohio, the seat of Mahoning County. It is on the Mahoning River in the northeastern part of the state, about midway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
Youngstown is primarily an industrial city and the center of an area notable for its production of iron and steel. In addition to its metallurgical industries, Youngstown has automobile and truck assembly plants and produces other, widely varying manufactured products. High-grade bituminous coal is mined in the adjacent area. The city is served by several railway lines, two Interstate routes (80 and 76), and a commercial airport.
Youngstown's Mill Creek Park is one of the most beautiful natural parks in Ohio. Waterfalls plunge into a wooded gorge, and there are several lakes. Stambaugh Auditorium is used for community events and musical programs. Youngstown has a symphony orchestra. The Butler Institute is devoted exclusively to American art. Youngstown State University was originally established as a private coeducational school in 1908.
Youngstown was founded in the late 1790's by John Young, who bought land at the junction of the Mahoning River and Mill Creek. The Indians were friendly to Young, and several pioneer families soon built homes nearby. Shortly after 1800, settlers built their first blast furnace. Youngstown's growth was helped by construction of the Pennsylvania-Ohio canal, 1839, and by the coming of railways a short time later. The city was incorporated in 1867.