The Village Of DennisonThe confluence of coal and railroads drove the development of Dennison. It is conveniently located at the midpoint between Pittsburgh and Columbus — 100 miles from each. At the time, locomotives needed water every 100 miles, so Dennison was a natural refilling location. The Dennison Coal Company had mines south of town. The village incorporated in 1873, and was named for governor William Dennison. During World War I, the Salvation Army operated a canteen from a boxcar. Canteen volunteers prepared coffee and sandwiches for troops traveling through by train. In 1922, a strike marked the end of the golden era of Dennison. During World War II, the Dennison Canteen operated from March 19, 1942 to April 8, 1946. Initially in a gas station on Center and Fifth Street, it moved to the depot restaurant and was dubbed “Dreamsville”. The last passenger train service stopped in 1968. The last freight train stop in Dennison was in 1982. Freight trains still roll through, but they no longer stop in Dennison.
Located one hour from Columbus, Akron/Canton, and Pittsburgh also having major state routes, a rail line and being very close to the airport offers an Industrial Park for Light Manufacturing Companies that can’t be beat. Dennison is an Enterprise Zone offering tax abatements for new businesses.