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Newark, Ohio Air Pollution. You Should Know What’s In It.

This post isn’t going to be what you think. I’m not just another wild-eyed commie looking to force air pollution controls on you and shut down a factory with no consideration of the consequences. This isn’t completely about the consequences of air pollution. This is about knowledge and being aware of your surroundings.

Air Pollution Over Newark, Ohio.
Plume of smoke over Newark, Ohio.

I have seen and smelled this pollution from the same factory in Newark, Ohio for many years. I wondered what might be in that cloud, but never really investigated. It turns out that the emission from this factory include:

  • Fermaldyhyde
  • Lead
  • Ammonia
  • Chromium
  • Manganese Compounds

That’s substantial and it’s enough to be one of the major polluters in the state. It’s something that I should know.

I will leave this here to let others think for themselves. I am the wrong person to get into the details. I would just be parroting what I read. What I am saying is that we shouldn’t be just casual observers of major situations around us. Use the awesome tools we have today to quickly answer questions like this.

The media makes information concerning these things political too. With this one, politics don’t sort it out for you. If you’re on the left, you’re usual dialogue is done for. This is coming from a factory that makes material that greatly reduces energy usage. If you’re on the right, you can look at that increased rates with health problems that these pollutants and the amounts are well reported. Denial is a problem.

If you live near this thing and don’t know what it’s spewing out, you have no voice at all. You have no idea that’s it not allergies making you sick, it’s the factory down the street. Can you think of some people who enjoy so many no even thinking about it?

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.

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.

A Lot Full Of Junk Jaguars

Growing up in Mount Vernon, I was around many eccentric people. My best guess is that the combination of Kenyon College, farmers, and industrial types of people brought in the inventors and other types of intelligent people that had their own ideas about what would work.

I was happy to find this Jaguar collection. It let me know that the eccentricity was still alive, even though much of the industry is leaving or gone and the farming has left the hands of many private farmers.

Antique junk Jaguar car.
Junk Jaguar sits rusting in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

I have to wonder how many city ordinances he would be breaking in so many other places in the country.  It’s a great thing where you can still do want on property that you “own”.

Collection of Jaguars in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Row of rusting antique Jaguars.
Old 4 door Jaguar awaits restoration.
Antique 4 door Jaguar awaits restoration.

I found these cars to be inspirational. I’m not sure what he’s doing with them or what the future plans are. Right now, the collection is just intriguing and interesting.

Spring Calves Grazing

Calves grazing in the Spring
Calves grazing in the Spring.

It was getting read to rain on a late Spring evening. I came across these calves grazing as I was riding down an old gravel road. This was in the northwest part of Licking County, Ohio.

They get so curious. I suppose any approaching human at all means a high possibility of food to them, so it doesn’t take much to spark interest.

The Tecumseh Theater In Shawnee, Ohio.

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.

New Linda Theater Marquee Sign In Shawnee, Ohio.
The marquee sign from The New Linda Theater in Shawnee, Ohio.

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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.

Antique Corby's Whiskey Bottle.
Old Corby’s Whiskey bottle.

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Leaving the main floor, we headed up a flight of stairs to the ticket booth. 35 Cents per couple for admission.

The ticket booth at The New Linda Theater in Shawnee.
The ticket booth. 35 Cents per couple.

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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.

Old movies film reels.
Old movie film reels.

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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.

Peerless Magnarc movie projector.
An old Peerless Magnarc movie projector.

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The RCA Photophone Super Simplex soundhead worked with the project to play the soundtrack with the movie.

RCA Photophone Super Simplex sound
RCA Photophone Super Simplex sound equipment.

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The stage was in bad shape. The curtain is stuck half way down. Props were still there and an old antique sign were laying around on it.

Stage at New Linda Theater in Shawnee, Ohio.
Stage at the New Linda Theater

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It wasn’t hard to imagine events in the theater when I turned around to look at the balcony. Movies were only part of the theater’s use. Basketball and dancing were common too.

Balcony of The New Linda Theater in Shawnee, Ohio.
Balcony in The New Linda Theater in Shawnee, Ohio.

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The balcony view gives a good feel of what a show might have been like so long ago. It also shows more detail of the work that needs to be done and the work that has been done.

Balcony view of the New Linda Theater.
Balcony view of The New Linda Theater.

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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.

The Wesley Chapel Church. Built In 1848.

The Wesley Chapel Church is located in the Hocking Hills area of Ohio. Some may find it sad that this old church is falling apart. I found it interesting.

There are many churches still standing built in the same time period all around Ohio. They are giant churches made with stone and brick masonry and they probably will be there for 100’s of more years.

Wesley Chapel Church in the Hocking Hills
Wesley Chapel Church in the Hocking Hills.

This church is just a clapboard building that poor homesteaders put together in the rugged Hocking Hills. With this construction in mind, it’s a wonder that it’s still standing today.

The pioneers that attended this church were a different breed and this church was likely one of the most cherished places in the area.

The interior shows the serious signs of impending doom. You cannot tell in the photo, but there is a giant bow in the middle of the floor. The cross has been vandalized with paint and windows are broken out. The long altar makes you wonder how many prayers were prayed and what they were praying for so many years ago.

Interior of Wesley Chapel Church in The Hocking Hills.
Interior of Wesley Chapel Church In The Hocking Hills.

Most who attended this church have either passed or moved on to much more modern amenities. Most of the property in the area is for recreation with campgrounds and rental cabins surrounding the area. I don’t feel much sadness for it’s decay, but I’m happy I was able to see it.

Rural Winter Beauty

This photo is one of my top favorites for the Winter of 2016.

Old barn leaning from weather and age.
An old barn leaning from age and weather at a Knox County, Ohio farm.

I’ve spotted it while driving by many times before, but the snow and the evening sky made it perfect. I had my wife watch for traffic coming behind us, grabbed the camera and shot  out the drivers window.

It was exciting to see the capture come to life as I opened it in Photoshop and began to manipulate it into what my mind seen.

Another Visit To Shawnee, Ohio

Shawnee, Ohio is an old boom town that went bust in the “Cities Of Black Diamonds” area of Southeast Ohio. There’s a lot of history to it, but I have yet to talk to a true expert on the subject. A Google search will give you the history. I’ll tell you my experience from what it’s like now.

As you can imagine, a ghost town is susceptible to trespassers of all sorts. It wasn’t surprising to see signs warning visitors away. The place had deteriorated so far that I wondered if the sign was really needed anymore.

Keep Out sign in dilapidated stairway.
An eerie “Keep Out” sign posted on a makeshift door on a fire escape.

I didn’t find anything to lead me to believe the place was haunted. I would say that it was haunting. There were so many things that were just out of place.

There were children running around playing, then they would disappear. They weren’t harming anything, but they didn’t speak when I greeted them. It just seems that children would face a lot of dangers in the area and that you wouldn’t see them.

There were many things out of place. Store windows were loaded with antiques as if at some point, the owners had tried to recreate what the stores would have sold. Kind of a museum effect. The thing was, the museum style setups had also got really old.

Broken glass was common, but it was not from vandalism. The buildings had settled so bad that it was popping out of the frames.

A look up gave this view of a somewhat intact porch with windows and a door, but no building behind it.

Sky seen through the windows of empty buildings.
Sky seen through upper floor windows of Shawnee, Ohio buildings.

For reasons unknown to me, a broken statue of Jesus was kept in this store window. The peeling paint revealing red and the missing arms  made it very odd and haunting.

Broken statue of Jesus Christ in a storefront window.
Broken statue of Jesus Christ in an old storefront window In Shawnee, Ohio

Someday I want to talk to a person who really understands the history. I’m curious about the future of a place like this too. It would seem the entire town fits the bill for historical significance.

For more photos of Shawnee, there are a few from a past visit in the Perry County Section of my Ohio Photography Project.