Massillon Athletic Club
Follow the blue arrows on the signs as you walk
Look at the large brick building just to the right of the brewery. It was built at the beginning of the last century for the professional Massillon Tiger football team. The metal posts at the front top corners of building originally held concrete footballs. In its heyday the club had an indoor swimming pool, a running track, a gymnasium, bowling alleys, and wooden lockers.
After the football team folded, the building was used for high school gym classes. When Massillon’s Company K organized here in 1917, the men marched from these headquarters to the Pennsylvania Railroad station to leave for World War I. In 1918, it was used as an emergency hospital during the Spanish flu epidemic. In 1931, it was again used as emergency hospital, when 400 communists suffered from food poisoning while attending a convention in Massillon. Since then, it’s been a casket company, a parade float construction company, and a dance studio.
Directions: Walk on to the corner of Second Street Northeast. Turn right and head back toward Lincoln Way.