This week marks the 175th anniversary of Mahoning County.  But as you can imagine, life back in 1846 looked much different than it does today in the Valley.

The year was 1846. James K. Polk was President. The average life span was less than 40. Children attended school only until about the age of ten. And transportation was mainly horse and ox on dirt roads.

"This 175th anniversary just in our view celebrates all the people that have lived here since 1846 and contributed so much to our history and our county," said Bill Lawson with the Mahoning Valley Historical Society.

At its inception, Mahoning County was formed from the southern part of Trumbull County and the northern part of Columbiana County. Youngstown wasn't always the county seat. Canfield claimed that title originally.

"And of course the people in Youngstown were highly disappointed, angry that this plan passed through," said Lawson.

Over the next 30 years, Youngstown grew politically and economically. Eventually voters approved a change for county seat. But, legal battles over the vote ensued and were taken all the way to the U.S. supreme court.

"There was a legend that grew up afterward mainly with Canfield poeple that Youngstowners came in the middle of the night and broke into the courthouse and loaded everything up and brought it back while their Canfield people were asleep and unaware of all that," described Lawson. "That of course is a legend. It happened in the middle of the day but it is a significant thing."

The county has evolved over the years from mainly farming to a mix of industrial, and now suburban as well.

But still today, one tradition - the Canfield fair - that began just one year after Mahoning County was formed, in October 1847, remains a staple in the community and helps keep part of our history alive.