It all got it start over two centuries ago. Local historians would certainly recognize the importance of the following names but perhaps you wouldn't. Citizens John Straughan and Zadok Street had adjoining property on West State Street.
As related by David Stratton - among those who actively keep our city's past alive through efforts such as the Historical Society - it was on April 30, 1806 that these two men, seeing the need for establishing a town, provided land from their respective farms to create "Original Salem." It named for Street 's former town of Salem, New Jersey. Cliche aside, yes, the rest truly was history.
The plat of "Original Salem," as recorded at the Columbiana County Recorder's Office is bounded by the alley between Third and Second Streets to the north, the alley between Pershing and Wilson Streets to the south and west of Ellsworth Avenue to 180 feet west of Howard Avenue.
It was 206 years ago today when our always fair and always fine city got its birth. Think of all the wonderful people and happenings it produced. And will continue to do. Happy birthday, Salem!