14 of the 60 residents of the village of New Rome, Ohio were police officers. The police department’s only purpose was issuing traffic tickets, and they brought in around $400,000 a year, mostly by citing drivers for things such as improperly tinted windows. The town was dissolved in 2004.
In the middle of the Great Depression, a man placed an offer in an Ohio newspaper, saying: If you’re in trouble, write me. Many people sent him desperate letters, needing things like shoes, a coat, mercy, food, and to save their family from despair. And back came checks, under a pseudonym.
Drivers in Ohio receive a yellow “scarlet letter” license plate if they have been convicted of a DUI.
A black community in Ohio went 50 years without running water…until one day, a white family moved in.
On October 20, 1944, an above-ground natural gas storage tank began to leak. The gas eventually made its way into the sewers of Cleveland and eventually ignited, blowing manhole covers miles away and shooting flames up through the plumbing of homes. 130 people were killed.
A 62 foot tall statue of Jesus in Ohio was destroyed in 2010 when it was struck by lightning that caused a fire that burned it down.