This is a post from 2009, updated heavily.
Canton, Ohio, is a brick and proper kind of town that most people know for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I was there to visit a customer who was kind enough to give one of the new products I was developing a real-world trial. That went well enough, but Canton itself was a bit of a mystery. Why is it there? What did people do that gave them the scratch to create a decent town that was aging poorly? One night I had to ask my favorite authority on these kinds of questions, which is a random person in a bar – color is always more important to me than accuracy. But in Canton, Ohio, there is only one answer to the question as to why they exist: