Mount Union calls Alliance, Ohio home. With a population of approximately 23,000, the city is desirably located less than an hour from Canton, Akron and Youngstown and is just an hour and a half from Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
While Alliance maintains a small-town charm, it is a city that’s on the move. Recent growth and development have vastly expanded the city’s offerings, and today, Alliance offers plenty of things to do and places to go.
To celebrate the city and all that makes Alliance special, the Alliance Area Development has launched Alliance: Make It Yours of which Mount Union is a proud participant.
What’s New on State Street?
State Street, upon which part of the campus is located, offers a variety of shopping and dining options. Recent additions to State Street include:
- Buffalo Wild Wings
- Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
- Famous Footwear
- Planet Fitness
- Mr. Hero
- O’Reilly Auto Parts
- Papa Gyro’s
- Georgio’s Oven Fresh Pizza Company
Plans for several additional businesses are underway and include:
- Hibbett Sports
- Family Farm and Fleet
- Hampton Inn
- Old Carolina Barbecue Company
In addition, the west end of town offers Walmart as well as Carnation City Mall, which houses a movie theater, food court, several department stores and a number of specialty shops.
For those who enjoy the outdoors, Alliance is a hub of activity. Residents enjoy attending events or taking nature hikes at Mount Union’s John T. Huston- Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center, a 162-acre nature center located six miles south of campus.
Other local outdoor nature sites include:
- Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve
- Walborn Reservoir
- Deer Creek Reservoir
- Mahoning Valley Trail
The city also offers a number of public park areas that provide opportunities for picnicking, recreation and enjoying nature.
Downtown Arts Scene
Downtown Alliance is becoming more of a hot spot as well with revitalization efforts underway, led by area residents, businesses and city officials. Mount Union is a committed partner in this effort. The downtown area offers a number of antique and specialty stores, entertainment opportunities, galleries and special attractions including:
- Carnation City Players
- Jupiter Studios
- Troll Hole Art Emporium
- Cat Fancier’s Association Foundation and Feline Historical Museum
- Alliance Farmers’ Market
- Downtown Concert Series
Celebrating the State Flower
Known as the Carnation City, thousands descend upon the town for the annual Greater Alliance Carnation Festival each August. The festival, which lasts more than a week, is packed with activities including a queen’s pageant, parades, a Rib Fest, a hot air balloon liftoff, a fire truck pump-in, a vintage baseball game and tours of historic homes.
Learn A Little History
The city is home to a number of historic landmarks, including Glamorgan Castle, which is located just minutes away from campus on Union Avenue. Other well-known buildings in town are the Haines House, a former underground railroad site, and the Mabel Hartzell Historic Home.
Worship and Serve
The Carnation City also is home to churches of various denominations and a large variety of non-profit organizations that work to improve and maintain a good quality of life for Alliance residents.
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