Follow the blue arrows on the signs as you walk
Let’s talk about the Massillon Museum before we walk. This Art Deco building was constructed in 1931, two years before the founding of the Massillon Museum. For much of its early history, it was a department store. The Museum opened here in 1996. MassMu features creative programming or all ages and ever-changing exhibitions of art and history. It also includes the Immel Circus and the Paul Brown Museum. A visit is always free!
In the lawn, you can see the Rotary clock in honor of philanthropist Paul L. David and those who have followed his example. The Civil War-era cannon, dedicated here in 1914 as a memorial to Civil War veterans, served the Union Army at Fort Monroe and Ft. Moultrie. The Lincoln Highway officially came through Massillon in 1913. The concrete mile marker was originally “planted” by local Boy Scouts in 1928, one of about 3,000 concrete mile parkers. It was moved here to the heart of downtown in 1962.
If you want to search around near the brick walk and First Street sidewalk, you’ll find a small brass marker in the grass, the geological benchmark for the altitude of Massillon—950 feet above sea level.
Directions: Start your walk by heading eastward on Lincoln Way, up the hill toward the Massillon Public Library with the columns and dome. Streetcars and interurbans ran right up the center of Lincoln Way from 1891 to 1939. The waiting station was at the corner of City Hall Street (where the Museum’s pottery studio is now). Cross City Hall Street and pause.