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Department of Environmental Health

Communities Actively Researching Exposure Study (CARES)

Meet the Communities

East Liverpool, OH

East Liverpool, OH is located in Columbiana County on the banks of the Ohio and borders both Pennsylvania and West Virginia. It was originally named St. Clair, but then changed to Fawcettown, after its founder Thomas Fawcett. The name was officially changed to Liverpool in 1830 when a post office was established and then amended to East Liverpool in 1834 to avoid confusion with a town of the same name in Medina County.

East Liverpool was often called “Crockery City” as over 200 potteries were based in the area.  The yellow clay found in the ground produced what many feel was the best pottery ever made in the U.S.  The Homer Laughlin China Co. was the world’s largest pottery manufacturer in the early 20th century.

Another well-known 20th century manufacturer located in East Liverpool was the Crucible Steel Co., which had the contract to make all of the bullets for the U.S. Military in World War II.

There are five state parks offering camping, fishing, boating, equestrian trails, and hiking located in the three states surrounding East Liverpool.

East Liverpool is home to one institution of higher education:

  • Kent State University at East Liverpool

 

A number of famous people have called East Liverpool home:

  • Josiah Thompson, author of Six Seconds in Dallas, an alternative version of the assassination of John F. Kennedy
  • Lou Holtz, Notre Dame coach and motivational speaker
  • Pretty Boy Floyd, gangster (while not born there, he was based there and killed by East Liverpool police in 1934)