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Visits to Chillicothe & Marrietta


Hi Y'all;

Here's hoping I can get this out to you on this new travel site.

While my extended stay here was not planned I have tried to make the most of it. As I said before, the campground-Lake Snowden RV Park- is a lovely place to be 'stuck' so things could be a lot worse. The rental car that my insurance co. provided has allowed me to explore the area.

On Thursday I drove north to Chillicothe, OH, the site of the first capitol of the Northwest Territories in 1800. The first capitol building was built there in 1803. In 1816 the capitol was moved to Columbus where it is now. Today, the city of Chillicothe is busy with commerce, boasting 16 industries, three of which are major companies. Kenworth Truck Manufacturing, Pittsburgh Plate Glass, maker of automobile windows, & Glatfelter Co., a paper manufacturer whose immediate expansion will create the US's largest toilet paper mill. Quite a distinction!

My AAA Tour Book recommended the Old Canal Smokehouse restaurant for lunch. BBQ was my choice and it was a good one. Located across the street from the old Erie & Ohio Canal which connected Lake Erie to the Ohio River via the Scioto River which flows through Chillicothe. It is the site of a beautiful park and trail system now.

There were several venues of choice to visit and I decided on the Ross County Historical Society's Heritage Center. My decision was a good one for I was assigned a docent whose name was Richard Rutherford. He gave me a personal, 3 hr. tour of the building giving me information on Ross Co. beginning 14,000 B.C. through WWI. It was interesting but laboriously painful. My back and legs were aching when I left. In all fairness, Mr. Rutherford was a great guide who attempted to tie all the periods of local history together, in 3 'short' hours, instead of a semester! Chillocothe was the site of Camp Sherman, an Army post of WWI vintage which housed 40,000 troops and became the 3rd largest training camp during WWI. Its rapid expansion during the 1916-1918 period had a lasting influence on this county. Mr. Rutherford is the co-chair of the upcoming Centennial celebration of the camp and included many references to the facility and its history during my tour.
It was a day well-spent.

Posted by dixter 06:11 Archived in USA Tagged history tour chillicothe

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