Category Archives: Ohio County Project

The Chateau Laroche. A Castle In Loveland, Ohio.

The Chateau Laroche In Loveland, Ohio.

As I continue with my Ohio County Photo Project, I found it inspiring to continue such an undertaking after visiting the Chateau Laroche. It’s a hand built castle in Loveland, Ohio.

The Chateau Laroche. A castle in Loveland, Ohio.
Chateau Laroche in Loveland, Ohio.

The castle is located in Hamilton County, just north of Cincinnati, Ohio. It’s located at the bottom of a steep and winding road. The road was difficult to navigate with my Goldwing motorcycle. I don’t suggest this visit for new motorcycle riders.

The castle was the result of Harry Andrews having a deep interest in medieval times. He shared this interest with his Boy Scout troop and willed the property to the troop when he died in 1981. It’s inspiring that one man could do this and spark the interest of so many others.

Ride to Geauga County

Geauga County, Ohio Added To Ohio Project

Geauga County is now added to the Ohio Photo Project.

Geauga County Courthouse
Geauga County Courthouse in Chardon, Ohio.

The motorcycle ride to get this photos was pleasant. First up to Coshocton, Ohio on the backroads to get to State Route 514. Then we picked up 93 north through the Amish country. In Waynesburg, we picked up State Route 44 to Chardon, Ohio.

After a visit in Chardon, we went to Burton. The historic downtown was worth a visit. Then onto Blazin’ Bills Barbecue, a popular motorcycle stop. Then a ride back home.

I enjoyed the ride on 93 more than the rest of the trip. It was interesting to find so much agricultural activity so close to the Cleveland Metro area. Maple products, cheese, and of course – corn. The Amish community is larger than I expected too.

Geauga County really doesn’t have any large metro areas, just smaller cities. The county seat, ¬†Chardon, is beautiful to walk around, but most places were closed on a Saturday afternoon. Like most old Ohio small towns, the rent is cheap and much of the downtown area is just antique and specialty shops.

Plymouth, Ohio Drive-In

The Plymouth, Ohio Drive-In Movie Theater

I found this drive-in theater on a poker run with the Loudonville, Ohio American Legion Riders. It’s in Plymouth, Ohio on the northern edge of Richland County.

Plymouth, Ohio Drive-in Movie Theater
Plymouth, Ohio Drive-In Movie Theater

The theater sits on State Route 61, just on the southern edge of Plymouth, Ohio.

It is used as a salvage yard now and there is a for sale sign out front.

I find it incredible how long these old drive-in screens stay standing after they’re abandoned. I would think a giant flat area like this would be easily torn down by a strong wind. There must be more to their design than meets the eye.

Fulton County, Ohio Added To the Ohio Photography Project

Fulton County, Ohio Added To Project

Fulton County, Ohio is now added to my Ohio Photography Project.

This was the first county in the project that I did on my Honda Goldwing.  Another milestone in this very long project of photographing the 88 Ohio counties.

For me, the Northwest Ohio counties are difficult. I am finding nuances though. For example, the historic buildings and downtowns are abundant in these counties.

I hope you visit the links and enjoy the photos.

Putnam Hill Park In Zanesville, Ohio

Putnam Hill Park In Zanesville, Ohio.

This is a short video showing the view from Putnam Hill Park. The history and unique Y-Bridge, the converging Licking River and Muskingum River, and Downtown Zanesville are the highlights of the view.

I would like to go back to shoot this again in the early morning. The light would be better and there would not be so many visitors. My street smarts told me that there were some things going on in this park that weren’t right, so keep this in mind if visiting in the late evening hours.

Honey Run Waterfall Near Howard, Ohio.

Honey Run. Rained Out.

We took an evening motorcycle ride up to Honey Run. The plan was to video the falls, then hike. My wife’s phone blared out a storm warning and we had to leave early.

We dodged a serious hail and thunderstorm all the way home. That’s how it goes if you’re going to ride in April in Ohio. It made for an adventure, but the video could have been better. Still the best one to date. I’ll keep trying.

Frampton Road One Room Schoolhouse

One Room Schoolhouse On Frampton Road

One Room Schoolhouse in Licking County, Ohio.
One room schoolhouse in Northeast Licking County, Ohio

I found this while riding motorcycles on the backroads of Licking County, Ohio. It’s one of the better preserved one-room schoolhouses that still stand.

I sat there on a very modern motorcycle wondering what it must have been like when this was built. The comparison of provisions given to today’s children are so much different, but of course, so is everything about their educational requirements to succeed.

At first I thought this may have been a small church. The steeple is missing,. I’ve reconsidered when I took the size of the building into account.

A Walk In Holmes County, Ohio

Super Bowl Alternatives

While the rest of world was pre-gaming for the Super Bowl, I was out taking these photos. It was very nice weather for early February. The walk was good for the bones.

Holmes County Bicycle Trail
Holmes County Bicycle Trail

This is the bicycle trail near Killbuck, Ohio. I walked a few miles of it and found it relaxing. Being winter and Super Bowl day, the traffic was light.

Swamp on the Holmes County Bicycle Trail.
Swamp on the Holmes County Bicycle Trail

The birds around this swamp area of the trail were abundant even on a winter day. I have to remember to get back here on a Spring day.

During the game, I made these photos. I picked them out of many that I took and processed them to what my mind’s eye saw.

Monday brought long winded discussions of a few Super Bowl plays, few mentions of players or even team names, and a long focus on the half-time show. The show starred a lady with a name that sounded like a character for toddlers, but grown men were talking about her. I never did look up who played the game.

I don’t care about about millionaire’s playing a child’s sport or a Satanic lady with a name that would appeal to toddler. I care about the real world and the beauty it provides. Disconnecting even further seems like a smart thing to do.

A Foggy Day For National Road History

National Road History On 1/2/2017

National Road History peaks my interest. Every year, less and less evidence of the old road exist. More vanishes and gives way to newer things. Today I rode from Route 13 to Columbus, Ohio on Route 40 to have a look.

The Jack Town Pub Is Gone

The Jack Town Pub On The National Road in Jacksontown, Ohio.
The Jack Town Pub On Route 40 in Jacksontown, Ohio.

Today, 1/2/2017, The Jack Town Pub is gone.

Jack Town Pub Leveled
The Jack Town Pub is now gone.

I heard so many rumors about the demise of The Jack Town Pub that I wouldn’t really know the exact cause. What replaces it will tell me more about what really happened here. The end result though, a missing piece of Licking County, Ohio history on The National Road. Not all of it can be saved. We can hope something promising replaces it.

The Shamrock Is Falling Into Severe Disrepair

The Shamrock Motel in Etna, Ohio on route 40.
The Shamrock Motel On The National Road

Old historical buildings tend to turn into rummage sales, antique stores, and flea markets before their demise. It’s as if they are recalling better times and spewing out remnants from those days.

Rural decay on The National Road.
The rural decay of The Shamrock Motel on The National Road.
Motel room office for The Shamrock In Etna, Ohi.
The office for the motel rooms at The Shamrock on Route 40.

National Road history is so interesting because it’s still alive. You can drive out to it and touch and feel it. The modern day equivalent roars loud nearby on Interstate 70.

The road stretches from the middle of Illinois to Baltimore, Maryland. Where it starts and stops depends on what level of National Road purist you are.

Today’s foggy January 2, 2017 visit was just another witness to the state of the road. As for so long, it just slowly rots away and occasionally headway is made and new businesses arrive.