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Marion County, Ohio


Popcorn Capital of the World
Home town of US President Warren G. Harding,

Page Contents for Marion, Ohio

Statistics & Facts


History & History-related items

City Attractions



Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Ohio state capital is Columbus.
The population of Marion is approximately 38,611 (2000), 36837 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 14,243 (1990), 12868 (2010).
The amount of land area in Marion is 20.766 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.02 sq kilometers.
The distance from Marion to Washington DC is 354 miles.
The distance to the Ohio state capital is 41 miles. (as the crow flies)
Marion is positioned 40.58 degrees north of the equator and 83.12 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Marion average annual rainfall is 35 inches per year
Marion average annual snowfall is 24 inches per year.
Marion average temperature is 50.7 degrees F.
The average low temperature is 31.2 (winter) degrees F.
The average high temperature is 69.6 (summer) degrees F.


in the center of Ohio 45 miles north of Columbus. Here is a page showing the location on a map.
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History & History Related Items

When Marion County was formed in 1824, Marion was named the County Seat. The County was named for General Francis Marion, better known as the Swamp Fox. A new post office was built in the early 1900's. It finally opened in December 1910. An addition was built in 1924. Another larger addition replaced the first remodel in 1936. During the 1980's, the building became available for purchase and the Marion Historical Society purchased the old post office building. It was renamed Heritage Hall by the society and also placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Here is a page for history for Marion.
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Whirlpool Clothes Dryers, a Mysterious Revolving Granite Ball and the world's largest popcorn festival!! We hope that you will enjoy your virtual tour of our hometown!

Things to see and do in Marion and the area.

The Palace Theatre
276 W. Center St.
Marion, OH
Phone: 740-383-2101
Fax: 740-387-3425

Wyandot Popcorn Museum
169 E. Church St.
Marion, OH
Phone: 740-382-2826
Located under a circus tent in Heritage Hall.

Huber Museum
Huber equipment and early farm tractors, threshers and more. See a 1920 Model 21 Marion Steam Shovel and other memorabilia.

The Marion Popcorn Festival
held every year in September

Marion County Fairgrounds and Coliseum
220 East Fairground ST.
Marion, OH 43302
Phone: 740-382-2558
Fax: 740-382-3477

Take a picture tour of Marion

Harding Home and Museum
380 Mt Vernon Avenue
Marion, OH 43302
Phone: 740-387-9630
Toll-free: 800-600-6894
Warren G. Harding
Home town of the 8th U.S. President, Warren G. Harding. President Harding and his wife, Florence made their home here. The home and a museum are here on Mt Vernon Avenue.
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Economy & Industry

diverse and growing.

Marion Can Do
205 W. Center Street
Marion, OH 43302
Toll-free: 800-841-7302
Phone: 740-387-2267
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Marion City Government

City of Marion
233 W. Center Street
Marion, OH 43302
Phone: 740-387-0962


Marion County Clerk Of Courts
100 N Main St
Marion, OH 43302-3030
Phone: 740-387-8128

Marion County Court House
100 N Main St
Marion, OH 43302-3030
Phone: 740-387-5871

Marion Historical Events

The Granite Revolving Ball
The local Merchant family commissioned a monument for their family plot in the Marion Cemetery in 1896. This was no ordinary ball. It was a 5200 pound polished granite ball on a pedestal. In about two years time, someone noticed that the heavy ball had begun to rotate. They saw an unpolished spot that had before been on the bottom of the ball and out of sight. The family called in the original crew to check out the ball and re-set it, which they did. Before long, the ball had mysteriously moved once again. Since that time, there is no explanation of why the ball is moving or what is happening. The ball was featured in Ripley's Believe it or Not in 1929. Others from around the world came to see the ball in motion. re-set the ball. It was not long before the ball again began its now continuous movement. To this day, the Granite ball remains a mystery.

Here are some other websites about the Mysterious ball of Marion
Great Balls of Mystery

Marion Chamber

Marion Area Chamber of Commerce
205 West Center Street
Marion, Ohio 43302
Phone: 740-382-2181
Fax: 740-387-7722

Marion Organizations

Marion Area Chamber of Commerce
205 West Center Street
Marion, Ohio 43302
Phone: 740-382-2181
Fax: 740-387-7722

Marion Libraries

Marion Public Library
445 East Church Street
Marion, OH 43302
Phone: 740-387-0992

Marion Schools

Marion City Schools
910 East Church Street
Marion, OH 43302
Phone: 740-387-3300


Marion Technical College
1467 Mt Vernon Ave.
Marion, OH 43302
Phone: 740-389-4636

Ohio State University at Marion
1465 Mount Vernon Avenue
Marion, OH 43302
Phone: 740-389-OSUM Marion


The population of Marion was:
1830 - 287
1850 - 1,311
1880 - 3,889
1900 - 11,862
1930 - 31,084
1950 - 33,817
1970 - 38,724
1980 - 37,040
1990 - 34,075
1992 - 34,499
2000 - 38,611

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