Religion In America – Zoar Village Ohio

    I will start off this series of religion in America with the latest place I visited and that is Zoar Village in central Ohio.  I visited here last summer on one of my frequent micro-RV trips.  As is common in many historical religious settlements it is on the National Register of Historic Places. […]

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A Particular Face…

This shot was taken in the Youngstown Historical Center a while back.  Whenever I look at it I seem to zero in on the face I circled for this post. I don’t know why but I would like to see more about him….

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American Ingenuity..

Youngstown, OH – Creativity Lets look at another pic from my Youngstown Historical Center visit. It isn’t immediately obvious what you are looking at so I will explain it. Working in the steel mills is dirty business so when the workers started their shifts they changed out of the street clothes into their work clothes. […]

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Youngstown History…

Youngstown, OH – The Mill Steel mills were an important part of the Industrial Age of a century ago and Youngstown was very much a part of the legacy. If you are ever in the area I would highly encourage you to spend some time touring this facility. It tells a story of a very […]

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Steel Mills..

Youngstown, OH – Steel Town Let’s spend this week on ISOA looking at one historical center. This is a picture of a picture found in the Youngstown Historical Center of the conditions in the shantytowns that were close to almost any steel mill of a century ago. I can’t imagine having to live in such […]

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Being Amish….

Lancaster County, PA – Amish Country This is a pic of a postcard we bought there. There are many things about the Amish that I admire but their shunning is not one of them.They should not feel so insecure about their faith to have to turn their backs on the sons and daughters who choose […]

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Emporiums….

Cleveland, OH – Emporium This emporium in downtown Cleveland while pretty much vacant now was once a vital part of the city. These were the first shopping malls in America. Like this one they are pretty much abandoned now because everyone now goes to the modern ones in the suburbs.

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The Printed Word….

Columbus OH – Newspapers Newspapers were essential in the formation of the new American nation. Now they are dropping like flies it seems. I recently saw where e-books now outnumber the sale of printed ones. Yeah I have my share of e-books but still cling to the printed page for some things.

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Youngstown Re-visited – One Last Time…

Youngstown, OH – All the faces… I am visiting Youngstown one final time to give you this picture of some of the workers there from a century ago. One of my hobbies is taking snapshot of these type pictures and trying to imagine what was in the minds of each individual shown.  These guys formed […]

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Youngstown – Re-visited

Youngstown, OH – The time clock Most workers in the Youngstown mills likely worked six days a week and lived in company provided housing. I don’t think anyone of today in American would begin to put up with the conditions these guys faced.

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Youngstown – Re-visited

Youngstown, OH – Steel Mill Safety While they were much more dangerous than today the steel mills of the Youngstown days were not without concerns for safety.

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Youngstown – Revisited…

Youngstown, OH – Steel Mill They were dirty places to be but they provided a job for the locals.

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Steel…

Youngstown, OH – Steel Anybody with much study of America knows that Youngstown was one of the premiere cities for steel production back a century ago.  The “Ohio Historical Society Youngstown Center of Industry and Labor” does and excellent job of giving you an idea of what those times were like.  Since I am going […]

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American Food…

Cleveland, OH – Guarinos I know the hot dog is supposedly very American but I kind of think our food, like our population, is a melting pot of different ethnic varieties.  In reality I don’t think of our population so much as a melting pot but as a stew; maybe I should think that way […]

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WKRP in….

Cincinnati OH – Fountain Square Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati reminds me of the TV show from the 1970s entitled “WKRP in Cincinnati”. It was an off-the-wall comedy but so was I at the time. The fountain above was always prominent in the opening credits. One thing about America is that we certainly have our […]

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Who Doesn't Need A Basket…

Dresden OH – Longaberger Basket Factory Who doesn’t need a basket once in a while. The Longaberger basket factory has been in Dresden for over one-hundred years and they make a very “American” basket. It is nice to see somethings are still made here.  Actually the factory is not really a “factory” more than hundreds […]

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Youngstown

As noted in yesterday’s post we spent the day at Youngstown. It was everything I expected it to be. The Youngstown Historical Center was of course all about steel. I took about forty pictures of the exhibits and will give you a few of them here.  I didn’t realize that there were actually seven mills […]

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