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Conneaut Ohio (where we live) was first officially named "Salem." It is located on what was an old Native American trail.

A Mississauga Indian village was located at or near present day Conneaut around 1747. The trail was used by early pioneers heading west.

The name of the city comes from its creek by the same name. The Seneca's called it "Konyiat." Conneaut Creek meanders through the city and eventually empties into Lake Erie.

When Moses Cleaveland landed here he called it Fort Independence in honor of the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

This name, apparently used very little, was replaced by early settlers with the title of New Litchfield - after Litchfield, Connecticut. Yet this name did not last long either.

With the forming of townships in the Connecticut Western Reserve, the cities and townships of this area were formed into one entity known as Salem Township.

What's With the Name!

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From 1944-1964 the areas surrounding the city were named Lakeville. There was also Amboy on the west side and Farnham or South Ridge to the south as well as Conneaut Township.

Eventually these were all annexed into one town and named Conneaut. Old Timers still refer to these parts of Conneaut as Lakeville, Farnham and Amboy. The only remnant of the Township is Conneaut's beautiful Township Park.

Conneaut Ohio has had its current name since 1832 when the borough was incorporated. All of these areas, including the present Monroe Township, bear the Postal name of Conneaut. It was eventually able to gain city status in 1902.

The word "Conneaut" comes from the Seneca Indian language and has quite the disputed meaning.

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The Bureau of American Ethnology states that Conneaut is most likely an Iroquois word meaning neither "river of many fish" nor "snow water" as some claim. Instead, they say it comes from "Ga-nen-yot" meaning "standing stone."

Regardless of what it officially means, most of the locals will tell you it means "place of many fish" or "place where snow lays in spring."

By the way, if you're wondering how in the world to pronounce it, say it this way: Connie (like the name) ought (as in you should do something). Connie-ought = Conneaut. It's not as hard as it first appears!

Amish Country

In the early 1990's various Amish orders began moving into the areas south of the city. The Pierpont and Monroe Township areas have had quite an influx of Amish since this time. To our knowledge, there are no Amish actually living inside the city limits of Conneaut.

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Land prices were cheaper than other "Amish" counties and there were a number of farms in the area that were no longer operative.

The Amish were able to purchase many of these farms and have been working to restore the barns and fields to their former productive states.

Along with their farms have also come their traditional entrepreneurial activities of family-run, home-based businesses and shops.

Lake Erie and Township Park

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Photo Courtesy Rich McBride

Conneaut Ohio boasts of one of the most wonderful lake fronts and beaches around.

The Township Park has preserved the public's access to the natural resources of beautiful Lake Erie for generations to come.

The park features rolling hills and steep bluffs that overlook the lake.


There's a gazebo, an upper and lower picnic pavilion and even a playground along with plenty of beach access.

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Photo Courtesy Rich McBride

You can fish from the breakwall stroll along the beautiful boardwalk or sit back and watch the sun slowly sink into the lake like a blazing ball of fire being quenched in the water.

Township Park is also the location for the Annual D-day reenactment because of its striking similarity to the beaches of Normandy. You'll not want to miss out on this exciting event!

Conneaut Creek

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Photo Courtesy Rich McBride

Conneaut, Ohio is also home to a nationally renown creek. Conneaut Creek is well known in fishing circles for its steelhead trout fishing.

Each year, tens of thousands of yearling steelhead are stocked in the creek by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

Fly fisherman come from far and near for the opportunity to "land the big one" and enjoy the flavor of fresh trout.

Steelhead season in the creek runs from September through May. About mid April through mid May the fish head downstream to "summer" in Lake Erie. Come fall they once again head upstream for spawning.

Conneaut Creek has also been awarded Wild and Scenic River status by the ODNR because of its pristine condition.

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Photo Courtesy Rich McBride

The creek offers you miles of canoeing, fishing and sightseeing beauty as it works its way toward Lake Erie.

The are even two covered bridges within the city limits that traverse the creek. A third covered bridge over the creek is in Monroe Township.

You'll certainly see why we say "Conneaut - a Wild River and a Great Lake!"

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Historical and statistical information adapted from www.conneautohio.gov website, the ODNR website and from www.conneautohio.us website Conneaut Ohio information.

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