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History & History-related items

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Organizations, Churches, and Sports.



Statistics & Facts

The Ohio state capital is Columbus.
The population of Cambridge is approximately 13,500 (1997), 10635 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 5,770 (1990), 4651 (2010).
The amount of land area in Cambridge is 13.571 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Cambridge is 16 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.01 sq kilometers.
The distance from Cambridge to Washington DC is 262 miles.
The distance to the Ohio state capital is 76 miles. (as the crow flies)
Cambridge is positioned 40.02 degrees north of the equator and 81.58 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Cambridge elevation is 886 feet above sea level.
The city tree is the Silver Maple.
The city bird is the Red-tailed Hawk.
The Cambridge city color is Blue. Cambridge average annual rainfall is 32 inches per year
Cambridge average temperature is 52 degrees F.


in southeastern Ohio at the largest intersection in the world where I70 meets I77. Cambridge is 72 miles east of Columbus. Pittsburgh is 108 miles northeast and Cleveland is 122 miles north.
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History & History Related Items

1798 was the year when the first settlers came to the Cambridge area, mostly from Virginia and Maryland. They say the first "legally built" bridge in the Northwest Territory was built here in 1802. English settlers came in 1806 and moved into the new village of Cambridge. Depending on the general economy and the peacefulness of the country, Cambridge has had times of hardship and times of prosperity. While many different types of business have prospered and lost in Cambridge, the transportation industry has been one of the mainstays of the local economy and has contributed greatly to its development.

Colonel Joseph D. Taylor was identified for over 40 years with very important enterprise in Cambridge. He was a lawyer by trade and a 4 1/2 term Congressman. He purchased The Guernsey Times, a local newspaper, fought in the Civil War, Organized the Guernsey National Bank & served as President. He had several buildings erected on Wheeling Ave. and helped bring the railroad to the city. Taylor was active in Church, the school administration, and was affiliated with Ohio University. He was close friends with Presidents Hayes, Garfield & McKinley.
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The founding of Cambridge


The incorporation of Cambridge

1895 (as a city)


John Glenn - Marine aviator, astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn is probably the most renowned person born in Cambridge. His family later moved to nearby New Concord where he grew up. He earned his collegiate degree at Muskingum College there.

Actor William Boyd, who is best remembered as western hero "Hopalong Cassidy," is another Cambridge native who moved during his youth. He maintained his Cambridge roots and the city now celebrates an annual Hopalong Cassidy festival.

Doug Donley was a multi-sport star for Cambridge High School who later played as a wide receiver for Ohio State University and the Dallas Cowboys.

Terry White is another Cambridge "Bobcat" to become an Ohio State "Buckeye" football star.

John Nicholson played football at Yale University after graduating from CHS.

Ross Barrett, one of Cambridge's first African American "favorite sons," graduated from its Brown High School in 1940 as a Pittsburgh Courier High School All-American football player. He played collegiately at Wilberforce University, one of the premier football programs among predominately African American colleges and universities in the 1930s and 40s.

The Cambridge Glass Museum
812 Jefferson Avenue
Cambridge, Ohio 43725
Phone: 740-432-3045
Displays over 5000 choice pieces of Cambridge Glass as well as a large display of Cambridge Art Pottery. Please call ahead for hours of operation and fees, if any.

Degenhart Museum
P.O. Box 186
Cambridge, Ohio 43725
Phone: 740-432-2626 Features exhibits and video programs on glass making and its history in Cambridge and the Ohio Valley. A gift shop and research library are available for use.

Learn more about Cambridge and Guernsey County at this informative site.

Guernsey County Historical Museum
P.O. Box 741
Cambridge, Ohio 43725
Phone: 740-439-5884
Located one block behind the Courthouse at 218 North Eighth Street. 165 year old, restored 16 room home museum, containing antique furnishings, products and personal items from Guernsey County and its people. One room features Guernsey Countians of national or worldwide fame; another honors Sen. John H. Glenn, Jr., first U.S. astronaut to orbit the earth.

Hopalong Cassidy Museum
South 10th Street
Cambridge, Ohio 43725
Phone: 740-439-3967
Located in Tenth Street Antique Mall, Historic Downtown Cambridge. An extensive collection of products endorsed by William Boyd, a Cambridge native who gained national recognition as the cowboy star Hopalong Cassidy.

Hopalong Cassidy Festival
Held the first weekend in May each year
This festival features a collectors show & sale and western entertainment in the downtown area. There will be downtown sidewalk sales, food vendors, and continuous entertainment. Come and enjoy a weekend of great fun! Free admission
Phone: 800-933-5480

Cambridge City Park
Pritchard-Laughlin Civic Center
Salt Fork State Park
Seneca Lake Park
Living Word Theatre
Cambridge Country Club
The site of the first bridge in the Northwest Territory.
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Cambridge City Government

Cambridge Government
1131 Steubenville Avenue
Cambridge, OH 43725
Phone: 740-439-1050
Phone: 740-439-1377
Fax: 740-432-1754

Cambridge has a mayor-council form of Government


Cambridge is the County seat of Guernsey County.

Guernsey County Courthouse
801 Wheeling Avenue
Cambridge OH 43725
Phone (740)432-9200
County Clerk Phone: 740-432-9230

Guernsey County Commissioners
128 E 8th St # 101
Cambridge, OH 43725-2364
Phone: 740-432-9200

Cambridge Libraries

Guernsey County District Public Library
800 Steubenville Ave.
Cambridge, Ohio 43725
Phone: 740-432-5946
Note for Genealogists: The genealogy collection is in a separate room called the Finley Room. It is always staffed. The Finley Room - Local History and Genealogy department. The Finley Room has its own hours; different from the library.

Guernsey County Genealogical Society Research Library
P.O. Box 661
125 N. 7th Street
Cambridge, Ohio 43725
Phone: 740-432-9249
hours: Tues & Thurs 1-4 pm; Wed 10-5 pm - additional hours by appointment
The library collection consists of material pertinent to genealogical research and county research. Holdings include county histories for Guernsey county and additional Ohio counties; census records 1820-1920 for Guernsey and neighboring counties; 1890 special census Civil War schedules for Athens, Belmont, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Meigs, Monroe counties; original probate court case packets which include wills, administrations, guardianship records, etc., marriage records, land records; Quaker City Home Towner (newspaper); birth and death records; delayed and corrected birth records vol 1-9; naturalization records vol 1-5; probate accounts 1848-1852; family genealogies; generation charts, Guernsey County; atlas's; plat books; tax assessor records; miscellaneous death records from 1940-1950; Guernsey County Church records; cemetery records; card file and miscellaneous scrapbooks of obituaries; wide variety of Ohio county newsletters, histories, cemetery records, marriage records, census records etc.; miscellaneous research material covering the State of Ohio including Howe's Ohio History; Lewis's History of Ohio; Galbreath's History of Ohio; Ohio cemetery locations; Hinshaw's Quaker Records; Ohio Lands; Gateway to the West; Tax Records; Ohio Settlers; Ohio Township locations; Gar books; additional miscellaneous Ohio resources; muskingum county land records to 1900; 1850 Prince Williams, Prince George, Prince Edward, Louden, Louisa, Doddridge, Elizabeth City, Essex, and Fairfax counties VA; miscellaneous collection of research material for the US including marriage records, military records, land records, passengerimmigration records, SS Death Index, western PA genealogies, southern biographies and genealogies, New England family histories, mid-atlantic genealogies, Mayflower Families genealogies, Mass civil war soldiers & sailors, confederate soldier's civil war records, US census index 1820-1850

The Guernsey County Genealogical Society dedicates itself to the preservation of all records. A chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Guernsey County Chapter also sponsors a First Family and Pioneer Family organization. A quarterly newsletter is published for members. The research library is open to the public at no charge. Limited research is conducted by volunteers upon request. Society meetings are held the 1st Monday of the month. For additional information contact the library at the above address or by e-mail.

Cambridge Schools

Cambridge High School
1201 Clairmont Avenue
Cambridge, Ohio 43725

Class of 1960
A cyberspace reunion webpage for the Cambridge, Ohio Cambridge High School Class of 1960
Please Email Sandy Brill for more information

Rolling Hills Local Schools
60851 Southgate RD
Cambridge, OH 43725
Phone: (740) 432-6952

Southeast Ohio Homeschoolers

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