At last we have come to the final post for the month of April. I want to thank all of you for reading, liking, and commenting on this blog. Your willingness to share my work with friends and family through email, word of mouth and social media is, and has been, greatly appreciated.
I have especially enjoyed getting to know you through your own blogs and websites – many of which I never would have found without your visits. Thank you for inspiring me and for sharing your creativity and struggles and humor.
Although the 2016 Blogging A to Z Challenge is almost finished, today is really just the beginning for this, and my other two blogs (Creatzart.com and SinclaireMonroe.com). The coming year is already bursting with day trips, mini-excursions, and a few week-long adventures.
I am looking forward to long days of research, late nights of photo editing, and happy hours spent interviewing county historians, public document recorders, and local people – all of whom have the longest memories and the best stories!
Please continue to travel with me from the misty Appalachian Mountains to the expansive Western Plains. There remains so much to see and learn and celebrate – and to share.
The story of the Ohio River has never been straight and clear. Like the waterway itself, the history of the river meanders and rolls, falls and loops about again. This is a river alive with the spirit of Native Americans; moving with the enterprise of frontier families, yet still learning to balance the demands of commerce with the fragility of nature.
Be forewarned – there is a robbers’ lair tucked into the banks of the Ohio River. Named Cave-In-Rock by notorious pirate and murderer Samuel Mason, this once violent site is now a peaceful addition to the Illinois State Park system. Visitors often stay in comfortable cabins while exploring the nearby iron furnace, or the Garden of the Gods.
Located in Clarksville, Indiana, the once impressive 26 foot drop in elevation along two and one half miles of the Ohio River is now an educational site where fossils more than 390 million years old are preserved. Due to the fluctuating water levels of the Ohio River, the Falls of the Ohio State Park is best visited in late summer and through early winter.
The public is invited to learn more about the Ohio River where it flows through Southeastern Indiana when independent filmmaker Dennis Neary presents his film, Take the River, at the Lawrenceburg Public Library on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 6:00PM.
Just a short stroll from South Miami Avenue in the Southwest Ohio town of Cleves is tucked an often overlooked piece of history: the Cincinnati – Whitewater Canal Tunnel.
Now a mere mere hint of what it once was and what it once promised for the region, this silt-filled tunnel had been used by canal boats for just thirteen years. Sold to the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Railroad in 1863, soon locomotives thundered through the often flooded tunnel until being abandoned in the late 1880s.
Built during the years of 1839 – 1843, the Whitewater Canal Tunnel linked Hagerstown and Connersville, Indiana to Harrison, Ohio before entering Lawrenceburg, Indiana, until reaching the mighty Ohio River.
One of twelve canal tunnels in the country at the time, today only four such tunnels remain. This nearly forgotten structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.
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Shrill whistles, clattering tracks, rhythmic rolling cars … imagine the train depot as it used to be.
I have wonderful memories of feeling the approaching train before hearing the whistle or seeing the blinding light.
I have seen the mail bag tossed and caught, have seen the stationmaster extend notes to the engineer, watched as a working man’s arm reached from the window, catching the note, but never the hook.
As a child, I tried to push the heavy baggage trolleys on their iron wheels across uneven planks. I’ve ridden in steam trains and diesel trains, looked from the uppermost windows of a caboose, and I have stood probably too near the track as freight trains thundered past, feeling a surge of terror and excitement and longing to travel as fast, as far into the unknown.
On this beautiful Earth Day, look up – the sky is always a work of art!
It happens to all of us – this overlooking, neglecting, ignoring. Life is too busy, time is too short.
But in the rush to accomplish and do and become, all too often we forget what made living so exciting and happy and fresh …
The overlooked might be funny …
Might be lovely …
Might be silly …
Might be cool …
Might be meaningful only to one person.
But still, very important.
The world is always-growing, changing, updating. As a result, it can be more than a little challenging to keep up with technology, politics, Wall Street – and what’s on sale this week at the local grocery store.
Fortunately, there are such things as libraries. Whether a Carnegie classic or a neoclassical delight, these public buildings are free and available to everyone.
Inside every library are newspapers and atlases and escapism reading – but oh so much more!
Stop in on any given day, and you might find a passionate discussion on current affairs, a plastic brick building competition, a writers’ support group, a fairy garden class, a cookbook club, a local history presentation …
And the amount of information and guidance tucked within the pages of those books on the shelves or inside the free-to-use computers is really quite astounding.
These libraries are free, welcoming, and alive with curiosity and exploration – well worth a visit on a rainy day or as a date night adventure.
For photos of some special library touches, please visit Creatzart.com