DescriptionFounded in 1806 by James Heaton, the settlement was originally named Heaton Furnace and soon after was changed to Nilestown. Heaton is credited with manufacturing the first bar iron in Ohio in 1809; by 1880 Niles had become one of the leading iron manufacturers in the state due to local industrialists. The era of steel and automobile manufacturing brought continued prosperity to the area through the mid-1900s.
The town was the 1842 birthplace of William McKinley, the nation's 25th president.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers, a New York-Penn Class A affiliate team of the Cleveland Indians, play at Eastwood Field.
ShoppingAt US 422 and SR 46, the Eastwood Mall Shopping and Entertainment Complex features more than 200 stores and eateries; anchors include Dillard's, JCPenney, Macy's and Sears.
Things to SeeNational McKinley Birthplace Memorial