Pioneer past: a visit to Youngstown’s oldest resident

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Youngstown’s crown jewel of longevity is the Pioneer Pavilion. Built in 1821, this sandstone structure nestled within Mill Creek Park has a captivating past. 

Originally a carding and fulling mill, it processed wool for early settlers in the early 19th century. Later, it served as a storage facility for the nearby Mill Creek Furnace before transforming into a popular party venue in 1893. Today, Pioneer Pavilion stands as a testament to Youngstown’s industrial beginnings and community spirit. Visitors can admire its historic architecture and even rent the space for different events, offering a unique glimpse into the city’s rich history.

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