ORIGIN: Ceredo was founded in 1857 and incorporated by an act of the Legislature passed on Feb. 22, 1866. The town was established by Eli Thayer of Massachusetts, a member of Congress, abolitionist and leader of the free-state colonization of Kansas. The philanthropist hoped to establish a manufacturing town, bring in Northern settlers and by infiltration of abolitionists, create a sentiment against the institution of slavery. The Civil War began before the town was firmly established. With the onslaught of war, Thayer's dream of a town based on equality failed.
POPULATION: 1,586 (according to 2008 Census estimates).
MAYOR: Otis Adkins.
CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Jim Billups, Bob Leslie, Steve Diamond, Joe Ratcliff, Dennis Adkins. Recorder Stanley Fink.
CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS: First Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
CITY HALL: 700 B Street, 304-453-4675.
POLICE: Ceredo Police Department, 304-453-1411.
FIRE/AMBULANCE: Ceredo Volunteer Fire Department, 304-453-4808 or 911.
TRASH COLLECTION: City service, pickup on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
AREA IN MILES: 2 square miles
BOUNDARIES: The corporate boundaries were defined as: "Beginning at the mouth of Twelve Pole River, thence up said river forty rods to the old military line, thence due west three hundred rods, thence north to the Ohio River at the old Morgan Mill, thence up the Ohio River to the place of beginning."
SCHOOL DISTRICT: Wayne County Schools, 304-272-5116.
ZIP CODE: 25507.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: None.