Road Trip!

Sundays during WYSO Weekend, Mondays duing Morning Edition and Excursions

In 1940, the Federal Writers Project produced a massive book detailing the scenic treasures and everyday life along Ohio’s roads - roads that went through the big cities as well as through farmland and tucked-away places. Seventy years later, the roads have changed and the pulse of the people is different – in some places. Picking up where the Federal Writers Project left off, the Ohio Humanities Council has announced the launch of the Road Trip! radio series and The New Ohio Guide Audio Tours at This new guide takes those older routes and gives them a 21st century twist, recreating them as free downloadable audio tours, and the Road Trip! radio series.




Road Trip Series
10:35 am
Sun August 26, 2012

New Ohio Guide: Ft. Meigs - Defending a Young Nation

Fort Meigs
Flickr Creative Commons user Dakota Kingfisher

Fort Meigs is the largest wooden fort ever built in North America…and it’s easy to see why they built a fort here – Marching up this 40’ bluff from the Maumee River seems like suicide for the enemy army. Especially if the ground is wet as it is today.

That’s probably what the fort’s builder, Eleazar Wood, saw as well. And it’s a good thing he did.

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Statewide News
10:35 am
Sun August 19, 2012

New Ohio Guide: Neil Armstrong Museum

Gemini spacecraft at the Neil Armstrong Museum
Aileen LeBlanc

Ohio has flight in its veins. The Wright brothers began experimenting with planes in Dayton and the state claims 24 astronauts. Wapakoneta is the home of Neil Armstrong – the first man to step foot on the moon – and one of the most private people on earth. The museum here on Apollo lane is shaped like a moon.

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Road Trip series
10:35 am
Sun August 12, 2012

New Ohio Guide: Logan

The arch at the Old Town creek
Sandra Sleight-Brennan

Today we're traveling along Rt 33 and our first stop is in the town of Logan. Logan has a long produced clay products. There were once a number of clay companies here. Those clay products - and others that were locally produced, once left town one way, by the Hocking Valley canal. Built in the 1830s the canal ran from Athens to Carroll. Dr David Mould of Ohio University has studied transportation routes in the Hocking River Valley.

"The canals had been the first major public works project for the state of Ohio, a massive investment to open up the state to commerce," says Mould.

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Road Trip series
10:40 am
Sun August 5, 2012

New Ohio Guide: Little Italy

Residents of Cleveland's Little Italy playing bocce.
Karen Schaefer

Take a walk up the steep, narrow streets of Cleveland's Little Italy and you may wonder if you're still in Ohio. The sounds of Italian opera spill from a corner restaurant, while across the street, patrons at a sidewalk cafe munch cannoli with their cappuccino. Cleveland native and Italian tour guide Diana Maiola Cirino says the location of Little Italy was a perfect fit for Italian immigrants who began arriving here in 1885.

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Road Trip series
10:35 am
Sun July 29, 2012

New Ohio Guide: Birthplace of a President

The birthplace of Ulysses S. Grant

There’s a quiet, but distinct charm about Pt. Pleasant. Maybe it’s the name. Or it’s location at the mouth of Big Indian Creek. It’s small enough that it might have disappeared from the map by now except for its claim to a bit of very important history. Ulysses S. Grant was born here on April 27, 1822.

Grant’s Birthplace, an Ohio State Memorial, is a little white cabin that sits in the middle of a handful of other houses. Loretta Fuhrman has been caretaker here since 1966.

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