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Cleveland was the original Metropolis. Literally. When Clevelanders Jerry Siegel (who came up with the idea for Superman) and Joe Shuster (who drew him) introduced Superman, the world's first superhero walked the streets of their hometown, not the more auspicious-sounding fictitious city he lived in later.
Mansfield, Ohio, is a prison town: There's the Mansfield Correctional Institution, Richland Correctional Institution, and Ohio State Reformatory. The last one closed in 1990 (to make way for Mansfield Correctional), but it's by far the most famous thanks to its connection to The Shawshank Redemption. This is where director Frank Darabont shot the 1994 film about a wrongly convicted man serving a life sentence.