Newcomerstown, Oh.

A day before the the eyes of the US will look to Ohio, so shall Somebodyisfromhere.com.

It might nearly be settled for Somebodyisfromhere.com that Ohio has the best city names. They are often a unique blend of Native American and western exploration of the past.

Take Newcomerstown, Ohio. When all of the new comers are gone after the election, the town shall remain.

Newcomerstown is indeed a blend of Native Americans and exploration: “Chief Newcomer (Netawatwes) was the leader of the western Lenape here…

Newcomer also founded the city of Coshocton. Less interesting perhaps than carnal knowledge, that city takes pride in its canal knowledge:

Coshocton contains Roscoe Village a restored town of the canal era, located next to the former Ohio and Erie Canal. A heritage tourist attraction, it showcases the area’s unique canal history

Though, if the Chief had his way, Newcomerstown would have been called something different. Something a bit harder to say. “(T)hey called the village Gekelmukpechunk.

It may be no surprise, that not all accounts of the naming of the town are rosy:

According to some accounts, Newcomerstown was named after an incident that occurred between a Lenape chief and his wife Mary Harris. Chief Eagle Feather grew tired of his wife. He abducted a younger squaw as a second wife and tried to have Harris accept her in her wigwam. Harris allegedly killed Chief Eagle Feather and told the warriors of the village that the young squaw ran away. The warriors hunted the young woman down and killed her. The settlement was thenceforth known as “Newcomerstown”, after the squaw.

Though small – there’s only about 4,000 people there according to a fairly recent census – it has had some serious heavies come through from the sports world. Five time national college football champ coach of Ohio State Woody Hayes played high school ball there.  Cy Young – namesake of the award for the yearly best pitcher – died there.

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