Lebanon, Ohio

Lebanon, Ohio

Infobox Settlement
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subdivision_name1 = Ohio
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Warren

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population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 16962
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timezone = Eastern (EST)
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area_code = 513
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"For other places with the same name, see Lebanon (disambiguation)."

Lebanon is a city in Warren County, Ohio, United States. The population was 16,962 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Warren CountyGR|6. It was named after the Biblical Lebanon because of the many juniper or Eastern Redcedar trees there, similar to the Lebanon Cedar. It is known today as "The Cedar City". Lebanon is widely becoming known as a tourist attraction, with its many points of interest. The Warren County Historical Museum is recognized as one of the nation's most outstanding county museums. The Glendower State Memorial, erected between 1836 and 1840, provides a classic example of residential Greek Revival architecture and a natural setting for many elegant Empire and Victorian furnishings from Warren County's past. The city boasts a fine symphony orchestra and chorus, highly unusual among municipalities of this size. Lebanon is also home to the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, where passengers follow an old stage coach route passing meadow, pasture, a rippling creek and wildflowers along the way. Shopping has even become an art in Lebanon, boasting over 80 specialty shops offering one-of-a-kind antiques, furniture, fine art, jewelry, collectables, distinctive clothing and much more. Although an old small town in its own right, it serves as a suburban bedroom community of Cincinnati and Dayton.


Lebanon is in the Symmes Purchase. The first settler in what is now Lebanon was Ichabod Corwin, uncle of Thomas Corwin, who came to Ohio from Bourbon County, Kentucky and settled on the north branch of Turtle Creek in March 1796. The site of his cabin is now on the grounds of Berry Intermediate School on North Broadway and is marked with a monument erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The town was laid out in September 1802 on land owned by Ichabod Corwin, Silas Hurin, Ephraim Hathaway, and Samuel Manning in Sections 35 and 35 of Town 5, Range 3 North and Sections 5 and 6 of Town 4, Range 3 North of the Between the Miami Rivers Survey.


Lebanon is located at coor dms|39|25|36|N|84|12|45|W|city (39.426724, -84.212631)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.8 square miles (30.5 km²), all of it land.

Major highways entering Lebanon

*Interstate 71
*U.S. Route 42
*Ohio State Route 48
*Ohio State Route 63
*Ohio State Route 123


Estimated population as of July 2006 is 20,346. As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 16,962 people residing in the city. The population density was 1,440.6 people per square mile (556.4/km²). There were 6,218 housing units at an average density of 528.1/sq mi (204.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.98% White, 6.36% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 1.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

There were 5,887 households out of which 40.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 36.8% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 110.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 114.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,856, and the median income for a family was $52,578. Males had a median income of $40,361 versus $27,551 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,897. About 4.7% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

Historic population figures

The city had 10,461 people in 1990, 9,636 in 1980, 7,934 in 1970, 5,993 in 1960, 4,618 in 1950, 3,890 in 1940, 3,396 in 1920, and 2,867 in 1900.


Lebanon lies largely within the Lebanon telephone exchange, but parts are in the Mason and South Lebanon exchanges. Local and long distance telephony services for the city are primarily provided by Embarq (formerly Sprint's local telephony division).

The city is one of the handful in the nation that operates a government-run cable television, telephone, and Internet service provider. Controversial since it began operation in 1999, the Lebanon telecommunications system has struggled to recover its expenses and has accumulated over $8 million in debt. However, residents pay up to 50% less for services than neighboring communities due to the competition, and over $40 million has been saved by the residents in reduced rates. In the 2006 general election, however, voters approved the sale of the city-run telecommunications system to Cincinnati Bell.



* The Western Star


* Channel 6 - The Lebanon Channel [http://www.ci.lebanon.oh.us/departments/channel6.html] City Cable
* Broadcast television from Cincinnati and Dayton markets


Golden Lamb

The Golden Lamb Inn is located in Lebanon on the corner of S. Broadway and Main St. It is recognized as the Ohio's oldest inn being established in 1803. This inn has been visited by 12 presidents.

Lebanon Raceway

Lebanon Raceway, at the Warren County Fairgrounds, has conducted live harness racing for decades. It also offers simulcasting of races throughout North America.


* Lebanon Blues Festival [http://www.lebanonbluesfestival.com/]
* Warren County Fair [http://www.warrencountyfair.org/]
* Country Apple Fest [http://www.countryapplefest.com/]
* Horse Drawn Carriage Parade and Christmas Festival [http://www.lebanonchamber.org/asp/cal_det.aspx?calid=454]

Claim to fame

The 1979 movie "Harper Valley PTA" with Barbara Eden and the 1994 movie "Milk Money" with Ed Harris and Melanie Griffith were both shot in Lebanon. The Village Ice Cream Parlor [http://www.villageicecreamparlor.com/hollywood.html] contains memorabilia from both of these movies.

Famous people from Lebanon include:
*Woody Harrelson - actor
*Thomas Corwin - Ohio politician
*John McLean - politician and jurist
*Andrew McBurney - Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, 1866-1868
*Michael Larson - famous game show contestant
*Marty Roe - member of the band Diamond Rio
*Gordon Ray Roberts - Medal of Honor recipient
*Neil Armstrong - First man on the moon; has made his home in Lebanon for a number of years.
*Russel Wright - Industrial designer and artist; responsible for the wide acceptance of Modernism in America.
*Bruce Edwards Ivins, the government scientist who committed suicide while under investigation for the 2001 anthrax attacks

ee also

*Lebanon Countryside Trail
*Lebanon School District
*Lebanon High School
*Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad
*Warren County Canal
*Cincinnati, Lebanon and Northern Railway
*Lebanon-Warren County Airport


*Elva R. Adams. "Warren County Revisited". [Lebanon, Ohio] : Warren County Historical Society, 1989.
*"The Centennial Atlas of Warren County, Ohio". Lebanon, Ohio: The Centennial Atlas Association, 1903.
*John W. Hauck. "Narrow Gauge in Ohio". Boulder, Colorado: Pruett Publishing, 1986. ISBN 0-87108-629-8
*Josiah Morrow. "The History of Warren County, Ohio". Chicago: W.H. Beers, 1883. (Reprinted several times)
*"Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer". 6th ed. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme, 2001. ISBN 0-89933-281-1
*William E. Smith. "History of Southwestern Ohio: The Miami Valleys". New York: Lewis Historical Publishing, 1964. 3 vols.
*Warren County Engineer's Office. "Official Highway Map 2003". Lebanon, Ohio: The Office, 2003.

External links

* [http://www.ci.lebanon.oh.us Official site]
* [http://www.lebanonchamber.org/ Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce]
* [http://www.lebanon.k12.oh.us/ Lebanon City Schools]
* [http://www.goldenlamb.com/ Golden Lamb Inn]
* [http://www.wchsmuseum.com/ Warren County Historical Museum]
* [http://www.lebanonrr.com/ Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad]

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