History & Tourism

The Mansfield Effect

19 Jul , 2021  

From Destination Mansfield – Richland County

By Katharine Stevens

These people and ideas that emerged from Mansfield have gone on to change the world.

TOUCHDOWN – In the early 1900s, Charles Follis — nicknamed “The Black Cyclone” — propelled civil rights movements and his teams forward as the first Black professional football player in America. He played for the Shelby Blues alongside teammate Branch Rickey, who signed Jackie Robinson 40 years later. Honor his memory with a visit to Charles Follis Way in Shelby near the Black Fork Commons.

NEED FOR SPEED – The entrepreneur behind Rupp Industries, Mickey Rupp engineered the go-karts and minibikes that inspired a generation of thrill seekers. More…

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All About Richland

What’s In A Name? For Mansfield, Quite A Bit

14 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

“A rose by rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” Shakespeare penned. For cities and counties of a certain size, however, the names which they are called can matter a great deal.

This is why Mansfield officials breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when the Office of Management and Budget announced that a possible revised definition would mean that Mansfield would no longer constitute a metropolitan statistical area was rejected.

Such an area is a location of population density that functions as a regional marketplace. The appellation is tied to such things as federal funding and project eligibility. More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

What Mansfield’s New Brand Could Look Like: Some Clues

13 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Indeed.com has defined branding in marketing as “…the process where a business makes itself known to the public and differentiates itself from competitors.”

In other words, it is communicating what makes a product, or business, or even a place unique that also allows it to stand out and to attract attention and, in the case of locations, generate visitors, investment, and community pride.

Mansfield is setting out to rebrand itself for the 21st century. A process has been created with participation of multiple partners to help define a new image for the community that can be used in a variety of ways. More…

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History & Tourism

Midstory Focuses In On Mansfield

28 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Toledo-based Midstory describes itself this way:

“Midstory is dedicated to inform, interpret and inspire in post-indsturial communities across the Midwest through multimedia storytelling and solutions-oriented research.”

It does so through individual stories, series, podcasts, and more. Its goal is nothing less than creating a “…renewed socio-cultural capital in the Midwest.”

Having focused its lens not only on places, but on cultural and social topics ranging from local journalism in the Midwest to social inequities in reopening public libraries during the pandemic, this month it turned its attention to Richland County and, in particular, the city of Mansfield. More…

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All About Richland, All Things Business

Greater Ohio Wish List For 2021 Supports Places Like Mansfield

30 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Earlier this month, Greater Ohio, the state’s Greater Ohio, the statewide think tank and advocacy center for statewide initiatives on revitalization and sustainable growth, shared a Twitter thread that looked ahead to a policy wish list for 2020.

Several of the items included would have a positive impact on the revitalization of places like Mansfield, which is one of Greater Ohio’s “smaller legacy cities.”

In Greater Ohio parlance, a smaller legacy city is one of 16 in Ohio which have long industrial histories, population loss, and current populations of 30,000 to 250,000. These cities are called “the backbone of Ohio.” More…

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All About Richland

Mansfield: Where Roots Run Deep And Wide

12 Nov , 2020  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County

Mansfield is a place whose personality, present and future, cannot be separated from its past. To truly know this city, you must first get acquainted with its history because Mansfield’s roots run deep and wide.

The Wellspring of Richland County

Mansfield is the heart of Richland County and home to both a literal and metaphorical wellspring — a city that sprang up from nothing but forested wilderness on the American frontier. In 1808, the city’s founders chose an unusual spot to settle: a picturesque hilltop flanked by forks of the Mohican River. For settlers, a water source was often the primary factor for choosing a location to put down roots. Most settled in locations near rivers, but this hilltop had a unique water source and high elevation which made it quite preferable to the mosquito-plagued lowlands of the Black Fork River. The Big Spring, a natural spring an easy walk from the square (now Mansfield’s Central Park), provided early Mansfielders with an endless supply of cool water straight from the earth for the necessities of life of the frontier. More…

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All About Richland

Mansfield In A Single Photo

26 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

If you had to choose one photo that would represent the place that is Mansfield, Ohio, what image would you choose?

The Ohio State Reformatory? A view of downtown? The Richland Carrousel?

Or our favorite — the Blockhouse in South Park? More…

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All About Richland

What Do You Want For Mansfield?

16 Jan , 2020  

Do you sometimes wish that the mayor would pick up the phone and call you, to ask for your input about what is working, and what needs to be changed, in your city? It’s pretty unlikely that such a scenario will happen, but Your Voice Ohio wants to offer the next best thing for Mansfielders.

Your Voice Ohio is a collaborative effort by news organizations across Ohio to better respond to the needs and aspirations of all Ohioans. In Mansfield, they have scheduled a dinner for Tuesday, January 28, and will solicit feedback for questions such as the following: More…