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Martins Ferry

Ohio's First Settlement

June 23, 2013
Times Leader

WHILE?MARIETTA?may hold the distinction of being Ohio's first city, the honor of being the state's first settlement resides with Martins Ferry.

Permanently settled in 1785, Martins Ferry did not become incorporated until 1865.

The town was established by Absalom Martin and finally named Martin's Ferry (later changed to drop the apostrophe) after Ebenezer Martin, who owned an operated a river ferry that docked in town.

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A scene from Betty Zane Days held in Fodor Park.

Martins Ferry is the birthplace of Pulitzer Prize winning author James Wright.

It is Belmont County's largest community. It's a hard-working community whose citizens work together to better the town they call home.



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