Category Archives: Ohio County Project

Goll Woods Trail

Goll Woods

Goll Woods was the most interesting part of my recent ride to explore Fulton County, Ohio. It was an old growth swamp. The area is part of Ohio’s Great Black Swamp which was drained a long time ago by settlers.

Goll Woods Trail in Ohio's Black Swamp
Path through Goll Woods

More photos and video of the ride are in the editing stages now. The ride there on the Goldwing was scenic.

Goldwing nezt to a covered bridge.
Goldwing parked next to a covered bridge in Fulton County, Ohio.

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.

Preferences. Red, White, Or Blue.


Red, white, and blue trucks.
Red truck with red trim and the blue truck with the blue trim house.

Color preferences in small town America. Red, white, or blue.

This scene caught my eye when I noticed the trim of the houses matched the pickup trucks out front. It was taken in Murray City, Ohio, a nice little town with a great American Legion that’s well worth a visit.

Granville, Ohio In Snow

Tonight I went for a little ride during a “level 1 snow emergency”. Yes, that’s what they call it when you can still drive without problems, very few accidents on the road, and only spotty power outages. I’m not sure how the fit “emergency” into that equation, but I do know it drives milk and bread sales.

To me, a level 1 snow emergency meant to grab my camera. It was so beautiful out.

This photo is of the historic Granville Inn.

The Granville Inn.
The historic Granville Inn.

I’m not a medical person by any stretch of the imagination, but I have to wonder if they may be misdiagnosing Seasonal Affective Disorder to some degree. From my observations, depression and anxiety greatly increases in people around me with the bullshit calls to weather alerts that are nothing to be alarmed about. They provide no reassurance that very few people will die from a few inches of snow and that if you take the time to venture out into it, you’ll experience a beautiful world that you haven’t seen for quite a few months.

Exploring The Abandoned HPM Building

I’m old enough and smart enough to know that entering an abandoned factory could be a really bad idea. There is no telling what is in there or if the law will charge you with breaking and entering. There are many things that can happen, so even though it’s trendy on YouTube channels, I wouldn’t do it.

Just looking at the outside from a safe distance though, I’ll do that. It’s interesting what you can find. In this case, it was the old HPM factory near Mount Gilead, Ohio. This place may still be functioning as a warehouse or at some low level, but for the most part, it’s dead.

HPM stood for “Hydraulic Press Manufacturing” and the company started in 1877. I remember going there as a boy in the 70’s when my Dad worked there for a short period.

Watching how nature takes over anything man builds is interesting. That’s what caught my eye when I passed this place while out riding my motorcycle. I noticed the missing windows right off. The roof’s probably leaking too. That will speed up the rot and decay in any structure.

The abandoned HPM factory in Mount Gilead, Ohio.
The abandoned HPM factory in Mount Gilead, Ohio.

This stop sign for incoming trucks at the guard shack is still good enough warning for me. I’m not going further in. I’ll take my photos from outside of the gate.

An old stop sign.
Old stop sign at the guard shack.

My motorcycle was parked out by the road, but it’s nice to know they gave the option back in the day. Least they could do for the low pay this place was reputed to have.

Abandoned motorcycle parking spots.
Abandoned motorcycle parking.

This arrangement of the no trespassing sign with a zip tied cosmetic mirror and scrub brush still puzzles me. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s just random and means nothing or it’s some sort of homeless code to others.

Mirror, scrub, brush, and a cord next to a no trespassing sign.
Odd collection of stuff zip tied to the fence.

The flower below is called fleabane. It was once rumored to ward of fleas and pests. Today, I’ve heard that it’s a sign of contaminants in the soil and that it helps start the process of cleansing the soil. It’s one tough flower as it grows right through the asphalt.

Fleabane flowers.
Fleabane flower breaking through asphalt at an abandoned parking lot.

When I stepped in front of this security camera, it was about a minute later the police showed up. I wouldn’t guess it to still be in operation, but there’s a possibility.

Front of abandoned HPM Factory in Mount Gilead, Ohio
Front door of the abandoned HPM factory.

The police and a large sedan that I would assume to be a caretaker or owner showed up right when I lowered the camera to take a photo of this old tire tread that I found interesting.

An old tire.
An old tire that saved me from further questioning by the police.

The police officer was nice enough. I explained that I was just an amateur photographer and showed him the photos. I explained that I wasn’t out to touch a thing and that it would be a little tough to steal anything because I was on my motorcycle. I also pointed out that I hadn’t went past any no trespassing signs.

The civilian though – that was funny. He was screaming to the point he didn’t make any sense. I pointed to the rotten old tires and asked if he’d had any trouble with complaints about mosquitoes or anything. I told him he might want to be careful because a complaint like that could open up a can of worms around this mess. He shut up.

The officer told me to have a nice day and good luck with the photos I took. I rode away laughing at my first “abandoned building” shoot and how it went wrong right away. I still might try another one sometime. If I’m calling you for bail, this is most likely what went wrong.

Don’t get me wrong here on building exploration. This is not a primary interest of mine. I hesitated to put this out because I know I’ll get many┬ámessages telling me where every abandoned building in Ohio is. This is NOT what I do. If you tell me where abandoned buildings are in hopes of reading my adventure of it, you’re wasting our time. Video cameras are cheap though, don’t let me steal the limelight. Take a video of your adventure in these places instead and send me the link to enjoy!

The Woodward Opera House In Mount Vernon, Ohio

I finally had the chance to see The Woodward Opera House in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The theater operated from the 1850’s – 1920’s. What an interesting experience to stand in a theater vacated since the 1920’s! It’s likely that I had ancestors that visited this theater.

Part of the reason that this incredible building is standing is that it was part of a building that had many other uses. While theater might have only been used for storage, the rest of the building remained active.

The Woodward Opera House in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
The stage of The Woodward Opera House in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
The balcony of The Woodward Opera House.
The balcony of The Woodward Opera House.
The remains of an old poster in The Woodward Opera House.
The remains of an old poster.

Here is a video with a detailed explanation of the history of The Woodward Opera House.