YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Four new markers providing historical and architectural information about Youngstown’s Central Square and its cornerstone buildings and monuments were unveiled Friday by Youngstown CityScape and the Mahoning Valley Historical Society.
The four double-sided markers describe a variety of notable downtown features including the Civil War Soldiers’ Monument, Central Tower, the Stambaugh Building, the Mahoning National Bank Building, the Union Building, the Realty Building and Central Square from 1798 to 1899 and 1900 to 2004.
Each marker discusses the history of a building or monument and provides relevant architectural aspects, from the Renaissance-style arches of the Mahoning National Bank Building or the Corinthian columns of the Union National Bank Building to the repair and replacement of the figure atop the Civil War Soldiers’ Monument.
Designed to be highly visible and permanent, the historical markers are large, cast-aluminum signs that tell stories about aspects of Ohio’s history. According to Ohio History Connection, markers are awarded based on a set of criteria including historical significance, geographic diversity and historical periods.
“these beautiful markers provide a link to the history of downtown Youngstown and supply wonderful background information about buildings or features we see every day,” Mahoning Valley Historical Society Executive Director William Lawson said.
Cost of the markers was underwritten by the Frank and Pearl Gelbman Foundation.
Andy Verhoff, Historical Markers Coordinator Local History Office, said the Ohio Historical Markers program began in the 1950s and encompasses over 1,500 unique markers.