The Pottery Capital of America

The Pottery Capital of America (HMXJQ)

Location: East Liverpool, OH 43920 Columbiana County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 36.911', W 80° 34.525'

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For nearly a century, East Liverpool dominated the United States pottery industry. Drawn to easily accessible clay deposits and ready river transportation, British-born potter James Bennett established the first commercial pottery here in 1841. His success drew other enterprising and innovative craftsmen, and by the Civil War era, the local industry was well established. During its peak production years (1865-1910), East Liverpool's potteries produced and sold the majority of America's crockery, with nearly the entire city's population employed in the industry. Competition from imports and plastics, along with limited expansion space in the narrow Ohio valley, brought a decline in East Liverpool's importance in the ceramics industry in the 20th century. Three large potteries continue the pottery tradition. The Ohio Historical Society's Museum of Ceramics displays collections of early local ware.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number13-15
Year Placed2003
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The City fo East Liverpool, The East Liverpool Historical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 3:27am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 535915 N 4496126
Decimal Degrees40.61518333, -80.57541667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 36.911', W 80° 34.525'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 36' 54.66" N, 80° 34' 31.50" W
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Area Code(s)330, 234
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 51-69 Walnut St, East Liverpool OH 43920, US
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