Railroad Town
If you're interested in the history, background, and how the railroad effected the city of Kent, this is the book for you. Written by our own Bruce Dzeda. It is published and sold by us, the Kent Historical Society and can be purchased either through our PayPal shopping cart or directly from the historical society at 237 E. Main St. To learn more about the book go here.
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Train
John, Don, Bill, and Henry are deep into the construction of our model RR. We have the double track installed along with some of Kent’s iconic buildings. We have a version of the Erie yards and lots of trees. John has built a wonderful mockup of the P&O canal complete with a lock and of course the dam. Our next step is to figure out the street and house layout. We are now working on doing just that. Click the button below and take a look at what we’ve done so far.

This documentary produced by the KHS is a short historical overview depicting the building blocks of the Kent community, from its Franklin Mills origins to the eventual renaming of the city to Kent. The video illustrates the importance of the Cuyahoga River and the economic impact it had on the city. We get a brief view of the individuals that built the industries, mills, the canal and eventually the railroad. We find out that John Brown lived and briefly worked in Kent and that Kent was a stop on the underground railroad. The video brings us up to date with the businesses of today and ending with the growth of the Kent Normal School into what eventually became Kent State University.

Kent – The Early Years
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