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Athens is a small town with a major university (population 26,000 -2010) and county seat of Athens County(population 68,000 2010 Southeast Ohio, best known for being home to Ohio University 22,000 students. The university was the first founded west of the Appalachian Mountains in 1804.

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  1. Athens is home to The Ridges, a former large public mental institution.
  2. Athens is home to Ohio University.
  3. One of the manufacturing companies that once existed in the City of Athens was the Midget Motors Corporation, makers of the small automobile, the King Midget.
  4. Athens is home to the annual Halloween Block Party, a massive international spectacle that draws attention from news media across the world each year.
  5. Dow Finsterwald, professional golfer best known for winning the 1958 PGA Championship, was born in Athens.

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