Today Dover is a quiet small Midwestern town on the banks of the Tuscarawas River. Dover, like most small American towns, has grown and progressed in some ways and declined in other ways as time has moved on. Large employers like the steel and iron mills that gave the “iron valley” its name and before that the small businesses that provided goods and services that depended on the Ohio and Erie Canal have all vanished and left Dover as a community holding on by a thread as far as population growth and job creation are concerned. People have come and gone moving away to take jobs at factories either seeking other opportunity or retiring to a warmer climate to live out their golden years.
There is a silver lining though. As the population continues to age health care services will continue to become both more important and, though it can be difficult to imagine, more lucrative. Dover is home to Union Hospital Tuscarawas County’s largest employer. There is also a high chance that Dover city schools will soon be able to either build a new school on the outskirts of town or remodel the existing Dover High School building in the near future. In addition a new high way exit opened two years ago at the north end of town and changes have already begun to occur. A gas station was built and opened last year and a brand new rest home has been constructed and is now nearly ready to open. This progress has prompted some to suggest the city should build a Dover Fire Department satellite station somewhere in the north end in order to better serve both the new businesses and citizens moving in, and the traffic and perspective accidents on Interstate 77. All of these changes make Dover and the greater Tuscarawas County area more attractive for businesses and for people with more expendable incomes.