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Goodyear Tire Company History

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  • The history of companies stretches back to Roman times, and deals principally with associations of people formed to run a business, but also for charitable or leisure purposes.

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  • The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was founded in 1898 by Frank Seiberling. Goodyear manufactures tires for automobiles, commercial trucks, light trucks, SUVs, race cars, airplanes, and heavy earth-mover machinery.

Wingfoot Lake State Park

Wingfoot Lake State Park

A pair of vintage iron gates featuring Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's trademark, the winged foot, swing open to welcome you to the park. Wingfoot Lake, near Akron, Ohio, opened as Ohio's newest State Park on August 27, 2010. The story of Wingfoot is a fascinating one, spanning usage from research to recreation to Wingfoot Lake State Park.

The history of Wingfoot Lake begins in 1916, when the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company purchased the 650-acre plot of land to conduct "Lighter-than-Air" research and testing. The available space and proximity to water were two major factors that led to the purchase. The Navy personnel for the ships were trained by Goodyear pilots. In late 1917, the Navy took over Wingfoot and operated it as a Naval Airship Training Station until 1922, when it was returned to Goodyear Airship Operations.

Through World War I and World War II, Wingfoot Lake was the main grounds for the construction of many more blimps, with over 150 being built during World War II.

On a personal note, my father was employed at Wingfoot Lake when he was drafted into the United States Army during World War II.

Wingfoot Lake now has paved walking paths, playgrounds, mini golf and disc golf courses, cornhole, horseshoes, paved basketball and tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, grasscourts for badminton and bocce ball, and baseball diamonds. Shoreline fishing is permitted on the 444-acre lake.

Goodyear Watertower

Goodyear Watertower

I particularly like this water tower!!

History lesson ahead!

Edward Lee McClain of Ohio, invented and patented a hinged horse collar. Fearing that he would not be able to secure enough cotton cloth for his collar business, McClain, in 1903 purchased 600 acres near Cartersville, GA and began construction of a plant to manufacture cotton “drill” cloth. To see that his work force was cared for, McClain built an adjacent collection of about a hundred neat wooden homes and the community of Atco, GA was founded.

In addition to the homes, McClain’s company built a community church, a multipurpose building that was used as a general meeting facility and as a school for the village’s children. Recreational facilities included, parks, ball fields and a swimming pool.

McClain’s son Donald ran the company for most of its years and in 1928 the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company purchased the facility from McClain and his partners.

ATCO was the first major manufacturing company to operate in Cartersville.

Goodyear closed the plant in 2003.

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