Archive for the ‘Historic Sites’ Category

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Lots of Walking

June 16, 2011

Lots of Walking.

Walked over 113 blocks in Downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine neighbor, part of which was touring the historic brewing district, going up to the top floor of old brew buildings, then down a couple of levels into the cellar.

http://www.otrbrewerydistrict.org/

 

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Buckeye Trail – Oakwood to Defiance

April 27, 2009

The Buckeye Trail around the state of Ohio crosses through Oakwood, a small town in NW Ohio.

I decided to follow the trail up to Defiance. Along the way, I started to see the famous “blue blazes”.

One of the cool things that I quickly came up on was a lock with an intact prism along side of road T-163.

After collecting a few shots, I continued on up to the community called “Junction”.  This is where the Wabash-Erie Canal joined up with the Miami-Erie canal and then proceeded on up to Defiance, then further to Lake Erie.

It was cool to observe these remnants of history, that formed the transportation corridors through Ohio just prior to the railroad age.  Many of the artifacts are now gone, as are the towns and villages that once blossomed next to these transportation hubs.  This none more apparent than the village of Junction, Ohio, said to have once rivaled Ft Wayne in size and growth in the 1800’s, but now nothing more than a collection of homes, trailers, and debris.

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Friends of Little Miami State Park Trail

November 17, 2008

The Little Miami State Park is unique as far as State Parks go.  It is a linear park that is 60 feet wide by approx. 60 miles long.  This presents opportunities for maintenance coverage, and even funding.  Most State Parks can gather additional funding for projects and such via camping fees and concessions.  LMSP has none of these, so is limited to the state funding it receives.  This, among other challenges like bridge repair, are why a vision for a friends group modeled after what some other state parks have was conceived.

Last night was the kick-off meeting for the new Friends of “Little Miami State Park Trail” group.  The turn-out was incredible, drawing people from many walks (and rides) of life, including former Governor Bob Taft.

The primary agenda was to inform everyone of Simeon’s thoughts on what the group should be focused on, and then elect an interim Officer core to get the ball rolling.  This would enable the group to start writing by-laws and apply for 503-c status.

Simeon didn’t lobby for the position, but with all the leg work he’s vested in this kick-off, he was unanimously elected as President. Even when there was more than one person interested in a position, compromises and graciousness were very apparent with the group.  The first steps of this group are off to a very promising start.  I wrote down some areas where Penny and I would be willing to help out, and I’m looking forward to working with a group that has such a great “can-do” attitude!

Simeon started an information page on his Corwin Peddler site.
http://www.thecorwinpeddler.com/Friends_of_the_LMSP.php

I also created a Facebook Group for the Friends of Little Miami State Park Trail.
(I’ll turn this over to a webmaster or group IT rep when they desire, or help maintain this page myself).

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Touring Boldt Castle

August 8, 2008

Many of the Zendiving group arrived Thursday night, so they had planned a dive out to the Kingshorn, just off the shore of Rockport.  We’d been wanting to find the time to tour Boldt Castle, so we opted out of the dive since we had done it earlier in the week.

Leaving out of Rockport, the 30 minute boat ride to the castle was a pleasant one, with some commentary about things like the “Shortest International Bridge” between the U.S. and Canada.  It runs between two small islands owned by a family.

Once at the dock, we had to clear through U.S. Customs, buy a ticket, then started touring the grounds of the castle.

The castle has a tragic story of love and unrealized dreams attached to it.  George Boldt had started building the castle as a present to his wife.  Four years into the project, she died at the age of 45 in 1904.  Boldt had all work ceased immediately, and never returned to the site.

The castle suffered much disrepair and vandalism over the years, but in 1977, the local Bridge Authority took over the property and started maintaining and finishing what had never been completed.  The castle grounds and many of the rooms in the castle, especially the first floor, and quite stunning now.  They also have many of the unfinished rooms open for viewing, and even with evidence of vandalism, the incomplete rooms are quite spectacular.

Penny took over 350 pics with her new camera, and many of the are very nice.  Hopefully when we get back home, I’ll be able to upload a couple of them.  It was definitely worth the trip over to the castle!