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Small-Town Cadiz Produced Big-Time Residents

March 28, 2013
By TYLER REYNARD - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

CADIZ - While it has a history for embracing its "small town" status, the village of Cadiz produced some recognizable and influential Americans, including a Hollywood legend and an infamous Civil War-era soldier.

With a population at about 3,300, Cadiz is the seat of Harrison County and the county's courthouse sits on Market Street.

The Harrison Hills City School District is also headquartered in Cadiz, and the Harrison Central Junior High/High School is located in the village.

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Cadiz is the county seat of Harrison County, and the county’s courthouse is located at Market and Main streets.

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The Harrison County History of Coal Museum in the Puskarich Public Library recalls the history of the mining industry in Cadiz. Today, the rolling hills on the outskirts of the village are dotted with barns and farmhouses where cattle, horses and even buffalo wander and graze between fences.

Cadiz is the site of the annual Harrison County Fair, and the expansive Sally Buffalo Park offers plenty of fishing, camping and outdoor recreation.

In 1938, a local newspaper entered the village into a contest promoting small towns in America. Cadiz won the content and was selected as "Proudest Small Town In America."

Cadiz is the birthplace of screen icon Clark Gable, who was regarded as the "King of Hollywood." Gable was an Academy Award winner and star of "Gone with the Wind," one of the most popular films of all time.

A replica of the home Gable was born in was constructed on the same plot of land where it once stood in Cadiz. The building is operated as a museum and gift shop, full of memorabilia from the actor's career.

George Custer, one of the most notorious officers in U.S. military history, spent his childhood in Cadiz. Custer and his men were killed by Native American tribes at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in a battle that has come to be known in American history as "Custer's Last Stand."

Also making his home in Cadiz was attorney and politician John A. Bingham, who prosecuted the co-conspirators in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Cadiz native Matthew Simpson, a bishop in the Methodist Church, gave the funeral oration at Lincoln's entombment.

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