History of Akron

Akron began as a small camp along the railroad, halfway between McCook and Denver.  It became a settlement, and soon was named Akron by the wife of a train engineer.  She was fond of the name Akron, based from her hometown in Ohio.  The name came from a Greek word meaning “an elevation”.  At the elevation of 4,662 ft, Akron is the highest point from Denver to Chicago along the BNSF Railway.   As the county seat for Washington County, Akron has much to offer to both the residents and travelers passing through.