FSA COLLECTION: Ben Shahn – “Urbana, Ohio” (1938)

Business district of Urbana, Ohio. Ben Shahn, August, 1938.

Urbana is a city in and the county seat of Champaign County, Ohio, United States,[3] 47 miles (76 km) west of Columbus. Urbana was laid out in 1805, and for a time in 1812 was the headquarters of the Northwestern army. Urbana was named after the town of Urbanna, Virginia. It is the burial-place of the Indian fighter Simon Kenton. In 1900, 6,808 people lived in Urbana; in 1910, 7,739; and in 1940, 8,335. The population was 11,613 at the 2000 census. It is the home of Urbana University.

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