Downtown Kent's Walking Tours
The History of Industry in Kent
The Industrial Area Historic Walk highlights some of the first and most influential businesses of downtown Kent. This district is an area that reveals two major phases in the history of Kent, the early manufacturing period and the railroad era. This tour was developed by Julie Kenworthy, Director of the Kent Historical Society & Museum, Doug Fuller, retired architect specialized in historic preservation, Josie Myers, Master’s student & Map It! GA, and Jen Mapes, Associate Professor of the Department of Geography at Kent State University. To find out more about Kent’s rich history visit
From wall murals to bronze sculptures, a wide variety of public art has been installed downtown over the years, meant to be enjoyed by all. The tour begins at the Haymaker Farmers’ Market mural on Franklin Ave. and winds around the downtown area with walking directions provided from stop to stop. This tour was developed by Josie Myers, Master’s student & Map It! GA, and Jen Mapes, Associate Professor of the Department of Geography at Kent State University.