Canton is a medium-sized city in Ohio, located about 60 miles south of Cleveland and 20 miles south of Akron. It is also home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which drives a big part of tourism for the city. Canton is the eighth-largest city in Ohio.
Canton can be reached mainly via I-77, which connects Akron to Cleveland in the north, through New Philadelphia and Marietta in the south. Canton is connected to Cleveland via U.S. Route 62 and other major cities.
Malone University is located here, as well as Walsh University, Stark State College, and a branch of Kent State University.
Another big draw for Canton is the Canton Museum of Art, the city's public art museum that was founded in 1935. The museum features several exhibits with thousands of pieces of 19th and 20th-century American art. Financial scholarships are awarded to students of the museum's educational programs as well as to other local students. The museum is initiating educational programs in schools, churches, community groups, and other organizations.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame officially opened in 1963 after the city donated several acres of land to the project and convinced the NFL to locate the museum in town. More than 10 million people have visited the museum and witnessed its incredible artifact library and football-themed exhibits.
Canton is also home to the McKinley National Memorial and the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, as McKinley, the 25th U.S. president, lived here.
In the late 1820s, planners for the Ohio and Erie Canals offered to build a canal to Canton, but the developer, the Cleveland and Pittsburgh Railroad, did not offer to build a line through the city until residents promised tens of thousands of dollars to build the line.