Road Trip!

New Ohio Guide: Ft. Recovery

Sep 30, 2012
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After the Revolutionary War, the frontier was Ohio. Crossing the Ohio River from Kentucky was crossing the threshold to the new land. The pull of the unknown territory was vast fertile terrain, ownership and possibilities for the new country of America to expand and gain power. But there were several nations of Indians who were not all for these plans.

"We had two major Indian battles. One was in 1791 and the other in 1794," says Helen LeFevre, president of the Ft. Recovery Historical Society.

New Ohio Guide: Oak Openings

Sep 23, 2012
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Just west of Toledo is the Oak Openings MetroPark, a 4000 acres site that preserves an amazing ecosystem of oak savannahs, abundant wildlife and extremely rare plant species.

"The Oak Openings to the untrained eye, looks an awful lot like a regular oak forest or perhaps just a wet area, the beauty of the Oak Openings is up close. Its not the first glance to get you it’s the second and the third and the fourth that draws you in," says nature photographer Art Weber.

New Ohio Guide: Cleveland

Sep 16, 2012
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You can still see the industrial history of Cleveland. Start at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River where Moses Cleaveland stepped ashore from Lake Erie in 1796. That natural resource had already been long used for transportation inland by Native Americans. But George Washington had an idea on how the country could expand West– build a canal that could link to the Erie Canal. With that, farm produce deep inside Ohio could be shipped to markets back East.

New Ohio Guide: Art and Utility

Sep 9, 2012
Sandra Sleight-Brennan

From the outside the National Museum of Cambridge Glass doesn’t look out of the ordinary. It’s in an old 1960s era building that could have been a bank. But once you get inside, the museum sparkles.

Sharon Miller and Lindy Thaxton volunteer at the Museum in Cambridge, Ohio. They filled me in on the history as they gave me a tour.

"What I think is really neat about the Cambridge Glass Company and their colors is that as history evolves, as people change, the colors change," says Miller.

Scott Spears

Zane’s Trace was one of the earliest roads in the state but the site we’re visiting today predates that early road. The Hopewell Culture National Historical Park traces a culture that goes back  12,000 years.

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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.

New Ohio Guide: Neil Armstrong Museum

Aug 19, 2012
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.

New Ohio Guide: Logan

Aug 12, 2012
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.

New Ohio Guide: Little Italy

Aug 5, 2012
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.

New Ohio Guide: Birthplace of a President

Jul 29, 2012

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.