As the county seat of Muskingum County, Zanesville is unique in part because of its Y-shaped bridge. But the city has been known for more than the bridge. After the Civil War, the city gained prominence in manufacturing and textiles. During the Prohibition era, bootlegging made the city notorious. Although the Downtown Zanesville area has been on the decline since the 1970s, the city continues to work on its image and business potential. A growing artists' colony is located throughout downtown Zanesville, and the monthly First Friday event is a popular event celebrating the local artists and their work. Galleries and outdoor murals depicting the city's heritage are proof of the city's artistic bend. Old railroad and other structures offer unique settings for diners and shoppers, and Secrest Auditorium offers a variety of performers each year.