About

History

Founded in 1875, East Palestine is a close-knit, small-town community of approximately 5,000 residents. This quaint village is located in Columbiana County on the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. Just one mile south of Route 14, it is within easy driving distance to Youngstown, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland.

1875

Renamed as East Palestine

The area that would become East Palestine was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Delaware and Wyandot. European settlers began arriving in the late 18th century. The town was founded in 1828 by Thomas McCalla and William Grate, and was initially known as Mechanicsburg. It was incorporated as a city in 1875, and was renamed “East Palestine” as part of a switch to religious nomenclature for communities in that area at that time, such as New Galilee, Enon Valley and Salem.

19th Century

Rise of Industry in Region

The 19th century saw the rise of industry in the region, particularly with the discovery of coal and the development of the railroad. The availability of natural resources and transportation infrastructure attracted industries, and the production of ceramics, including pottery and porcelain and automobile tires contributed to the town’s economic prosperity. Around this time, East Palestine began to start an economy in orcharding, which still survives today. East Palestine became a qualified Tree City USA as recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation in 2004.

20th Century

Economic Shifts

Like many industrial towns in the United States, East Palestine faced challenges with the decline of traditional manufacturing industries in the latter half of the 20th century. Changes in consumer preferences, globalization, and economic shifts led to the closure of many pottery factories and other businesses.Today, East Palestine is a small city with a mix of residential, commercial, and industrial areas.

2023

Pride. Tradition. Progress

On February 3, 2023, an explosion and fire occurred following the derailment of a Norfolk Southern freight train carrying hazardous chemicals on the eastern end of town. This disaster has undeniably changed the town forever, but it’s people are resilient and determined to rebuild their community. East Palestine will continue to grow and evolve and turn this negative event into a positive outcome and come back stronger than ever before.