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Perdition’s Crossing, Ohio
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Perdition’s Crossing is a city in Blackland County in the U.S. State of Ohio. The population was 33,656 at the 2010 census.[1] The city is nicknamed “Flintrock” after large quantities of flint that exist along the Kinnitaugwa River. [2] It is also home to the prestigious Grossmorder University.

History [edit]
Perdition’s Crossing was founded in 1823 by the merger of four smaller communities that had formed around the conflux of three rivers: the Kinnitaugwa, the Akron and a much smaller river known as Slippingstone Creek. These communities (Fort Kinnitaugwa – est. 1780, Edgarton – est. 1799, Bremeton – est. 1803 and Mount Woning – est. 1820) were originally trading outposts for the fur industry.[3] The official incorporation as a city occurred in 1842.[4]

Perdition’s Crossing earned its name in 1840 when a number of unfortunate occurrences hampered the joint efforts of the Eloign and Southern and Arkham Regional railroads to build a bridge over the Kinnitaugwa River. The incidents, which resulted in the deaths of over thirty men during the two year construction, initially marked the soon-to-be city as cursed,[5] but the tremendous prosperity that followed the completion of the bridge soon alleviated that onus.[6]

Perdition’s Crossing was originally planned to maximize the integration between the town and the railroad station. The station functioned not only as personal transportation, but was also central to the industries that sprang up, providing easy access to incoming materials and fast and efficient exportation of finished products.[7] This integration resulted as Perdition’s Crossing sometimes being referred to as ‘the city where Main Street never ends’.[8]

The two men most often credited with the industrial success of Perdition’s Crossing are Edgar Grossmorder and Eblis Ahriman.[9] The Grossmorders had long been established in the area (emigrating from Germany in the late seventeenth century, founding both Fort Kinnitaugwa and Edgerton, as well as Grossmorder University),[10] while Ahriman (a graduate of Miskatonic University in Massachussets) was a relative newcomer, bringing a keen scientific mind and sharp business sense that took full advantage of the benefits of the industrial revolution.[11]

References [edit]
1. "American National Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
2. "US Board on Boring Nicknames". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
3. “A General History of the Ohio Territory”. Grossmorder University Historical Library website. Retrieved 2006-06-06.
4. “Documents of Incorporation – Perdition’s Crossing, OH”. Blackland County, Ohio website‎. Retrieved 2006-06-06.
5. “City of Perdition’s Crossing website”. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
6. Zebub, Dr, B. L.. “An Economic History of Northeastern Ohio”, The Slippingstone Banner, (October 31, 1912).
7. “Designs Ahead of Time website”. Retrieved 2005-05-15.
8. "US Board on Boring Nicknames". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
9. “City of Perdition’s Crossing website”. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
10. “A Complete History of European Emigration and Naturalization in the United States”. Grossmorder University Historical Library website. Retrieved 2006-06-06.
11. “Prominent Alumni and Their Histories”. Miskatonic University website. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
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