In the 1820s, Franklin Mills was included in the route of the Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal (P & O Canal).

When construction began on the canal in the mid-1830s, land speculation was rampant in many areas of northeast Ohio along the canal, including Franklin Mills.

It is located along the Cuyahoga River in Northeast Ohio on the western edge of the county.

state of Ohio and the largest city in Portage County.

Marvin Kent had started his own railroad company, the Franklin and Warren Railroad, in 1851 after Franklin Mills, already home to several Kent family ventures and properties, was bypassed by the Cleveland and Pittsburgh Railroad that same year.

Kent was also successful in getting the village named as the location of the railroad's maintenance yards and shops in 1864.

A lock and attached arch dam, however, was completed in 1836.

In the era leading up to the American Civil War, Franklin Mills was an active stop on the Underground Railroad, giving fugitive slaves shelter on their escape to Canada.

The population was 28,904 in the 2010 Census and was estimated at 30,071 in 2016.

The city is counted as part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area and the larger Cleveland–Akron–Canton Combined Statistical Area.

As a result, an industrial and business region was established along the east side of the river in what is now downtown Kent.