Bezaleel Wells founded Canton in 1805. The community grew slowly during the first half of the nineteenth century. By 1815, only three hundred people resided in the town. One of the main reasons for Canton's slow development was its distance from transportation routes. During the late 1820s, planners of the Ohio and Erie Canal offered to build the canal through Canton. Residents refused, believing that disease would run rampant through the community due to the standing water in the canal. As a result, the Ohio and Erie Canal skipped Canton, traveling through nearby Massillon, Ohio, instead. The canal actually improved the health of Massillon residents, draining the neighboring swamps of putrid water. Canton also rejected railroads initially. The developers of the Cleveland and Pittsburgh Railroad offered to build the track through Canton, if residents pledged ten thousand dollars to the line's construction. City officials refused, believing that the railroad would have to build the track through Canton anyway. The developers constructed the line eighteen miles east of Canton,through Alliance, Ohio, allowing Alliance to prosper.
I am proud to call Canton, Ohio my home-town. I was born and raised here. I can still remember the days of going to Belden Elementary School through K-6 grade.
I used to walk to school everyday with my friends, we used to do the craziest things. I remember the time I got chased by a dog on way to school, I don't think I ever ran that fast for that long still to this day. My friends and I use to love playing outside. We use to get together and play all different types of sports and games.
We use to play majority of them in the Saint Benedict Catholic Church field across the street from my house. This is where I found my love for football. I used line up across from my friends and pretend that I played for the Canton McKinley Bulldogs, which would be my future High School team. High school football is big in the city if Canton.
Canton is the birthplace of football. Canton do not own a professional football team so the city all come together over high school football. Canton Mckinley home stadium is the Pro football Hall Of Fame stadium. The Hall of Fame is located literately behind the high school. High school football is so big in this area that our rival game against our arch-enemy the "Massillon Tigers", is the only high school game that is on the Vegas betting board.
This rivalry game have been going on since 1894 this past year the two teams met up for the 125th time! The game caused a rivalry not only with the players involved but the two cities also.
The best time to come to the city is during Hall of Fame week. This is when there is a lot of festivities going on such as,the balloon festival, Rib burn-off, parade, and fireworks. This all about celebrating the new members of retried NFL players being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Towards the end of the week the players would give there induction speech reminiscing and sharing stories about the times they had while playing, This is a must see a lot of them give these amazing speeches that would have you laughing and even crying it is a good time. After a week of festivities there is a game that is played on that Sunday with real NFL teams. This is a kick-off celebrating the start of the Pre-season of Football. I always have a good times at this game.