Fun Facts About Akron, OH
- The University of Akron is the only the university in the America that offers a degree in Corrosion Engineering. According to the University of Akron’s website, the program prepares students to “design materials for preserving industrial, infrastructure, defense and environmental assets around the world.”
- The University of Akron is also the only place in America where you can get a degree in Aerospace Systems besides the U.S. Air Force Academy.
- Akron is responsible for the first ever American spacesuit to orbit the earth. John Glenn wore a suit designed by B.F. Goodrich when he was launched into space on February 20, 1962. The suit cost $29,000 when adjusted for inflation.
- When it was built in 1929, Akron’s Goodyear Airdock was the largest building in the world without interior supports. During his 1992 presidential campaign, Bill Clinton spoke to a crowd of 30,000 at the site.
- Alcoholics Anonymous was first started in Akron by Bill Wilson, a New York stockbroker, and Dr. Bob Smith, a local surgeon in 1935. By 1950, the group had 100,000 members.
- Founded in 1884, American Marble & Toy Manufacturing Company was the United States’ first major toy manufacturer.
- The Dum Dum lollipop, which originated at the Akron Candy Company in 1924, is so named because sales manager I.C. Bahr thought “dum dum” would be easy for kids to say.
- Summit Lake used to be a water park. It was called Summit Beach Park and it operated from the late 1800’s to the mid 1900’s. There is not a lot of information on the web about this amusement park, but it was HUGE!!!
Also known as Coney Island, the park had a roller coaster, huge swimming pool, a huge skating ring with a ballroom inside, Ferris wheel and a baseball field. There was a big accident, an accident on the roller coaster which resulted in 5 or more deaths. They determined the park was not at fault for any type of malfunctions with the ride, but there was a big piece of wood placed on the tracks. The park owners thought one of the guests placed it on the tracks as a joke.
This picture below is a picture of the ballroom of the skating ring which was located on Ira Ave after a fire around 1950.
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