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Salem, Ohio History

The History of Salem, Ohio and its People

Welcome to This site is a continuing effort to gather and share information on the history of the fine city of Salem, Ohio, USA.

Salem was founded in 1806 by two men, Zadok Street from New Jersey, and John Straughan from Pennsylvania. At that time, over 200 years ago, there were approxiamately 100 people in Salem and now there are over 12,000 of us. The name Salem was taken from "Jerusalem", which means "city of peace".

Salem is a wonderful place to live, and has been for over 2 centuries. Look around the site and please do check back often as we are always adding new pieces of history to
Historic resources gathered from various public sources. Special thanks to the Salem Historical Society.
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