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Steubenville

Steubenville

Steubenville is called the City of Murals because more than 25 murals can be found in the downtown area and Ohio’s Cookie Capital. It is the home of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Eastern Gateway Community College (formerly Jefferson Community College), and Old Fort Steuben . It is the birthplace of singer and actor Dean Martin, actress, producer and director Traci Lords, television commentator and oddsmaker Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder and Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Rollie Fingers. Steubenville was platted as a town in 1797, immediately after the creation of Jefferson County. It was built on the site of Fort Steuben which was erected in 17861787 and named in honor of Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben. Steubenville received a city charter in 1851. The city was also a stop along the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad that connected Pittsburgh to Chicago and St. Louis. Bezaliel (Bezaleel) Wells and James Ross were the founders of the city. Wells, a government surveyor born in Baltimore, received about 1,000 acres(4 Sq-km) of land west of the Ohio River, and Ross, a lawyer from Pittsburgh, owned land north of his. The two men were responsible for the layout of the city.