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Russell Township, Geauga County, Ohio
Township
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Location of Russell Township in Geauga County
Location of Russell Township in Geauga County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Geauga
Area
 • Total 19.4 sq mi (50.2 km2)
 • Land 19.2 sq mi (49.7 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation 1,086 ft (331 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,188
 • Density 271/sq mi (104.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44072
Area code(s) 440
FIPS code 39-69232
GNIS feature ID 1086160

Russell Township is one of the sixteen townships of Geauga County, Ohio, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 5,188, down from 5,529 at the 2000 census.

Geography

Located in the western part of the county, it borders the following townships and villages:

  • Chester Township - north
  • Munson Township - northeast corner
  • Newbury Township - east
  • Auburn Township - southeast corner
  • Bainbridge Township - south
  • Chagrin Falls - southwest, south of Chagrin Falls Township
  • Chagrin Falls Township - southwest, north of Chagrin Falls
  • Moreland Hills - west, south of Hunting Valley
  • Hunting Valley - west, north of Moreland Hills
  • Gates Mills - northwest corner

Two villages are located in Russell Township: part of Hunting Valley in the northwest, and South Russell in the south.

Name and history

It is the only Russell Township statewide. Another name for the area is Novelty, from the name of the post office located in the township. The origin of the name Novelty is obscure.

The first five inhabitants — Gideon Russell and his family, who came in 1818 — settled on what today is Chillicothe Road. In 1827 the township was named Russell, although it had been previously known as the West Woods by neighboring communities. In April of that year the people elected John Lowry, Clark Robinson, and Gideon Russell as their first township trustees. It was Robinson that created the first framed building and started the first store.

Transportation

Major roads include State Route 306 and State Route 87.

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