Nitro is known as a "Living Memorial to World War I.”
Many famous faces have ties to Nitro. The city was the birthplace of Major League Baseball player Lew Burdette in 1926, actor Clark Gable briefly called Nitro his home around 1920, country singer Kathy Mattea graduated from Nitro High School in 1976 and baseball player James Rodger "J. R." House played football at Nitro High in 1996 and 1998.
From family-fun attractions to the thrill of the nightlife, Nitro has much to offer for residents and visitors alike. Enjoy great fishing opportunities and picnicking at Ridenour Memorial Park, or visit the Nitro City Park, which offers picnic shelters, children’s playground, baseball fields and swimming across the street. History buffs can visit the Nitro World War I Museum for pictorial histories, military memorabilia and video footage of Nitro during 1918. Those looking for a sure bet in fun should check out Mardi Gras Casino & Resort as it offers table games, live greyhound races, video slots and more.
- Boom Town Days, a celebration of the burst of growth of Nitro during World War I, offers fireworks, live entertainment, parade and food. This annual event is scheduled in July. www.cityofnitro.org
- Sponsored by the Nitro Police Department, the Halloween Hoedown offers a safe alternative to celebrate this fun holiday. Games, contests and food are just a few things in store during this October event. www.cityofnitro.org
A shortage of gunpowder during World War I sparked the birth of the town of Nitro as a place to manufacture nitrocellulose. Although the war ended shortly after the first shipment of explosives, the town continues to thrive today as a center for chemical production.