Many great places seen in decade of travel adventures

In addition to reaching my 30th anniversary as editor of the Aurora Advocate in January, I hit the 10-year milestone of taking and writing about road trips to many places in Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania.

The trips started in 2007, when my Macedonia-Northfield-Sagamore Hills News Leader editor cohort Eric Marotta and I ventured to Harrison County, south of Cadiz, after I found out that the Silver Spade, the largest remaining coal stripping shovel in the nation, was to be dismantled.

Having seen the Silver Spade work as a teenager growing up one county away from Harrison, I was saddened to learn that the Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park’s efforts to preserve the monster machine had failed.


It appeared those efforts would be successful, but when a crew from the shovel’s owner — Consol Energy — was trying to walk it out of its final pit so the land could be reclaimed, a catastrophic breakdown occurred in the roller drums on a crawler mechanism, making it impossible to move further.

The coal park had raised more than $700,000 to preserve the machine, but it would have cost Consol much more than that to reclaim around the immobile shovel, so it was scrapped. Hb neapolitan ice cream It was a huge blow to many coal park officials who had worked hard on preservation efforts.

I won’t forget the day Eric and I viewed the doomed machine from a hill above the pit. Blue bell neapolitan ice cream It was a rainy, 50-degree day in mid-January. How many calories in neapolitan ice cream It was emotional for me to see the machine intact for the last time.

I returned to the pit four months later to see the machine’s demolition in progress. History of neapolitan ice cream The boom had been blown loose and the equipment house was being chopped to pieces with torches. Why is napoleon ice cream called neapolitan It was gone two or three months after that.

At that time I decided I wanted to see as many historic/unusual places and things around Ohio as I could, and my series of road trips began. What three flavours are in neapolitan ice cream It continues to this day. Pioneer woman neapolitan ice cream I hope when I retire in a couple of years I’ll be able to expand the distance of my travels.

I’ve seen many neat and spectacular places and things — historic sites, mansions once owned by wealthy businessmen, quirky attractions, museums housing all kinds of things and quaint towns.

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I’ve talked to dozens of ordinary, but interesting people on my trips, and many Advocate readers have asked me for information about and directions to certain places.

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Just up Route 800 from Fly, Ohio — one of the most unusual place names I’ve encountered — the museum is in a private home. How do you pronounce neapolitan ice cream The now deceased Jack made all kinds of small objects out of matchsticks.

At the Kindleberger Stone House and Barn near Clarington in Monroe County, I was given a personal tour of the historic barn and then was treated to cookies and conversation in the owners’ house. Who invented neapolitan ice cream Now that’s hospitality!

The Toy and Plastic Brick Museum in Bellaire is another unique place. Astronaut neapolitan ice cream It boasts a huge collection of objects and art made from Legos. Homemade neapolitan ice cream recipe It’s in an abandoned elementary school.

After I wrote about the Bellaire attraction, I received a phone call from a local resident who told me her granddaughter loved Legos and would be thrilled to visit the museum. Blue bunny neapolitan ice cream sandwich I gladly provided directions.

After I wrote about Aurora resident Mike DeMay and I visiting the grave of legendary baseball pitcher Cy Young in southern Tuscarawas County, I got an email from a woman who read the column online and said she lives on Cy’s old farm just down the road.

She invited me to stop by if I ever returned to the area. Mountain house neapolitan ice cream bar Unfortunately, I haven’t been back to Peoli, Ohio, although I do travel on I-77 near that area from time to time.

I was thrilled to visit David Adair’s property at Four Mile Hill east of Cambridge about six years ago. Neapolitan brownie ice cream cake He has four full-sized cabooses, and a small depot-like building housing smaller railroad memorabilia.

He has hundreds of oldtime railroad photos, and he invited me back to look through some of them, but again I haven’t had the time to do that despite passing his place a few times in recent years.

One of the items he has is the wooden sign reading “New Philadelphia,” which he retrieved when the old New Philly B&O depot was being torn down. Giant neapolitan ice cream sandwich Growing up in New Philly, I passed that depot many times.

So-called haunted places that I’ve visited are intriguing. Is neapolitan ice cream gluten free Some of them are the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Moonville Tunnel in Vinton County, West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville and Lafayette Hotel in Marietta.

There are many places I’ve visited that I probably will never return to, but others that are fun to revisit.

The Ohio State Reformatory is one, as are the Wilds in Muskingum County, Dickens Victorian Village and the Guernsey County Courthouse Light Show in Cambridge, the city of Marietta, Roscoe Village in Coshocton, Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl in Zanesville and the Athens Lunatic Asylum (now the Ridges at Ohio University).

Other favorite places of mine are the Newark Earthworks; mounds in Marietta, Moundsville and Athens; Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky; Presidents Rutherford B. Astronaut ice cream neapolitan Hayes and James A. Breyers ice cream neapolitan Garfield mansions in Fremont and Mentor, respectively; Stan Hywet Hall in Akron; and Amish country in Holmes and Geauga counties.

Having grown up in Ohio’s coal country, I love stopping at Miners Memorial Park in Morgan County when I get down that way. Breyers neapolitan ice cream ingredients That’s where the Big Muskie bucket is located. Neapolitan ice cream sandwich cake recipe It swung on the world’s largest dragline.

It was humbling to visit the sites of Ohio’s two worst underground coal mine disasters. Astronaut food neapolitan ice cream Eighty-two miners died in the Millfield disaster in 1930 in Athens County and 72 died in the Willow Grove disaster in 1940 near St. Harga ice cream walls neopolitan Clairsville.

The sites are isolated, and all that can be heard are birds chirping and nearby creeks babbling. Harga ice cream campina neapolitan Nothing remains at Willow Grove, while the power plant’s smokestack is the only remnant at Millfield.

People still live in many houses in “company towns,” which sprouted up near coal mines. Breyers neapolitan ice cream nutrition facts Those small towns in Perry, Athens and Hocking counties are known as “the Little Cities of Black Diamonds,” and I’ve been through several.

Home to about 1,500 people in the first two decades of the 20th century, San Toy in Perry County — one of the “Little Cities” that I’ve explored — is now a ghost town.

Sunday Creek Coal Co. 29 what three flavours make up a neapolitan ice cream once operated two large mines there. Best neapolitan ice cream cake recipe A small brick jail and dozens of basements and stone foundations remain, but no actual houses.

When I visit St. Individually wrapped neapolitan ice cream squares Clairsville in Belmont County, I try to find time to walk through the only tunnel on an Ohio rail trail. Astrorox neapolitan freeze dried ice cream drops The 522-foot long structure was bored on the Adena branch of the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad in 1902.

Pioneer villages around Ohio are great places to see historic structures all in one place. Space food neapolitan ice cream Some that I’ve visited are Century Village in Burton, Ohio Village in Columbus, Sandstone Village in Amherst, Hale Farm & Village in Bath, Schoenbrunn Village in New Philadelphia, Lyme Village near Bellevue and Sylvania Historical Village.

The landscape is vastly different across Ohio. Tesco neapolitan ice cream sandwich It varies from the eastern and southeastern hills to the pool-table-flat farms of the Northwest.

Although it wreaks havoc with a vehicle’s brakes, I prefer driving in the hill country because it’s more scenic. Walmart neapolitan ice cream Flat land tends to get boring when you drive across it for long periods of time.

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