History from Ohio History Center:
On March 3, 1840, the
Ohio government authorized the creation of
Summit County. It originally was a portion
Connecticut Western Reserve. The
county was named for the Portage Summit,
the highest point along the Ohio and Erie
Canal. The county grew very quickly,
especially following the completion of the
Ohio and Erie Canal.
Due to its proximity to
transportation systems and an abundant
supply of coal, iron ore, and steel, the
county seat of Akron
became a major site for the
production of cereal, rubber, and numerous
other products during the latter portion
nineteenth century. Because B.F.
Goodrich Company, Firestone Tire and
Rubber Company, and the Goodyear Tire
Company were all located in Akron,
the city became known as the "Rubber
Capital of the World."