Honest scrap at City Mills

MANSFIELD -- City Mills, at the corner of Fifth and Main Streets, sat gray and weathering for a number of years, and slowly the old tobacco advertisement on the south side faded away.

Then & Now: City Mills from Main Street

It used to say CHEW HONEST SCRAP when the paint was fresh, but at the end of its gray existence — before the brick was sandblasted clean — it became a favorite joke on Main Street for people who were facing the north. The last word from the tobacco industry at City Mills was HONEST CRAP.

The landmark structure was built originally as a warehouse for the Sandusky, Mansfield & Newark Rail Road in 1847, and the tracks came right up to the Fifth Street side of the building.

Then & Now: CIty Mills from Fifth Street

It was a flour mill for several lifetimes, and then served to warehouse groceries for a number of produce companies in the 20th century.

Go there today and you’ll find it newly repurposed into an antique store.

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Timothy Brian McKee is a featured columnist on our site every Saturday with a column titled Native SonEvery Tuesday, he taps into his knowledge and collection of historical photos and bring us Then & Now, a brief glance at the way things were.