Putnam Historic District is one of the oldest settlements in Ohio. I just never paid attention to this part of Zanesville, Ohio before. Now that I’ve found it, I will be back with the camera frequently.
Age brings interesting textures, colors, and shapes that only time can make happen. In this section of an old painted brick building, the windows are not square, the paint peeling from the bricks with this blue color is unique, and the makeshift metal work would never happen in any other way other than a make-do repair.
There are streets full of interesting old houses too. Many are in need of serious repair.
Same with the houses as the blue brick building; nothing is square. Everything in a structure collapses at a different rate depending on so many different variables. It’s interesting. There is always the hope that somebody will save the old building.
I discovered there is an effort to revive the area with arts and entertainment. This is common in the historic areas of Ohio. It’s a heroic effort, but a gamble. The results of the efforts vary depending on public support and much of that support is forced by government grants with complex strings attached.
The Historic Russell-Cooper House In Mount Vernon, Ohio.
The Russell-Cooper House is a bed and breakfast in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The home was built in 1830’s and remained in one family until the current owner.
I remember this being referred to as “The Birthday Cake House” when I was younger. Mount Vernon was safe enough then that I was free to roam the east side of town on my bicycle and explore. As a boy, I often wondered why anyone would need such a huge house.
Most of these large house have been maintained. Some are converted into apartments. They all have “carriage houses” in the back where horses were kept.
The Elbow Is Now A Health Hazard In Downtown Newark, Ohio
I was never in it. I hear that the city isn’t missing much with it gone. All that matters now is that it’s a health hazard. Bricks are falling off of it and it’s a temptation for a break-ins and the usual problems that come with abandoned buildings.
According to an old newspaper article I found, the county bought the property quite a while back. Still, other than the added fence around it, not much has been done with it.
The ghost advertising shows that it was once called The Kern Hotel.
I’m learning something about photography and that is that if you want the really cool shots, you have to keep returning to the really cool places. Everytime I return to Shawnee, Ohio, I meet more people and learn more things.
This Winter I went to Shawnee a few times. I met Jason, a friendly native of Shawnee a few times. He keeps a good an eye on things and is quick to direct you to whoever you need to talk to if you want more information. He said he left Shawnee for a while, but returned and bought the house he grew up in. Then there’s Charlie and his friendly(and very large) Burmese Mountain Dog. This last visit, there was George Biggs. He gave us the grand tour of the interior of The Tecumseh Theater.
George Biggs gave me so much information that I’m not sure I got it all straight. A can refer you to the Tecumseh Theater website or the Tecumseh Commons Facebook page for more information. The rest of this post is a collection of photos I took of the interior.
The first big site George showed us was the old marquee for The New Linda Theater.
The Tecumseh as a lot of antiques from around the town too. There is a wall of bottles that were from the drugstore that closed across the street. Corby’s Whiskey was probably a stable of the working man then too.
As we entered, the antique remnants of the film days were displayed. These are the old film reels and canisters. Each one could hold about 20 minutes of a movie. The plastic reels were used for shipping for cheap shipping weights and the metal were used during the operation of the projector.
This is an old Peerless Magnarc movie projector. The “arc” in the name Magnarc comes from the fact that the old movie projectors operated by arcing 2 welding rods together to create light for the projection. The pipe on top was needed to vent out the gasses from the burning welding rods.
I thank George Biggs for his hospitality and the tour. The Tecumseh Theater is an ongoing project that history buffs may want to take more interest in. George explained that the geographic location of the town kind of keeps it off the radar for many and they’re working to change that.
If you’re in the area, stop and do some exploring of your own in Shawnee. The Tecumseh is just one building in a group of that are worth exploring.
Here’s an interesting hero in history that I never learned about in school. Congressional hearings revealed a plot to overthrow the government with a military coup that would be financed by major corporations of the time.
I can understand where genealogy research can bore some people. If you catch the bug though, I highly recommend following through with the project. My research led to many ancestors being buried in this simple church yard in Condit, Ohio.
This was the church of my ancestors and many of them are buried here. All of their farms were nearby.
According to the historical records of these folks, the new revisionists version of history missed them somehow. Not much white privilege were they bestowed. The were simple farmers and a few found their way to the battlefields according to the tombstones.
This is why I find genealogy to be important. When you see the records and get to know your real history, you see the lies their selling you today.
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