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"Urban Exploration", "Haunted Cemeteries", and "Road Geekery"

Mediterranean Sold

I just received an email link to a Belmont County news paper that states that the Med was sold.  It looks like Belmont County no longer owns the property.  The new owner owns a drilling company that is adjacent to the Med.  He plans to use the building for storage and warehouse.  I only hope the cemetery on the property doesn’t get destroyed.

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Just Checking In….

Wow, I missed all of spring, summer, and most of fall. I’ve been very busy in my personal life, and have not had the chance to do much exploring. The long and the short of my absence is, my twins are 13 months old & I moved into a house about 3 months ago. Those two things have kept me very busy.

On a bright note, I picked up a Jeep last Feb, so I can extend my explorations into places that my car could not reach. I’m looking forward to using the extended capabilities.

Anyways, I just wanted to drop a note to let everyone know that I have not dropped off the face of the earth, or abandoned the site.

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Two of my Favorite Things

Over this this long weekend, I’ve been working on two of my favorite things. That would be historical research and being a computer geek. Quite awhile back, I was given the url for some scans of turn of the 20th century
Topographic Maps. The catch about the maps is that each one was so large that when scanned, they were scanned as 4 parts.

For some time, I’ve been looking for a program that satisfied all of my requirements (good quality and free). I had tried out several programs, and wasn’t really happy with any of them. This weekend, I started playing with a program from Microsoft called ICE (Image Composite Editor). This program does a great job of stitching pictures together.

One of the cool things that can be done with the completed maps, is that they can be uploaded to a GPS unit and overlaid over modern maps. This means you can see your position in relation to the turn of the century maps.

After getting the hang of this program, I stitched afew maps together. Here are some that I’ve already done.

1905 Survey of St. Clairsville, Ohio
1901 Survey of Cadiz, Ohio
1901 Survey of Wheeling, WVa
All 3 maps are clickable for larger versions. I also have even larger versions that I am doing research from. For the sake of bandwidth, I have kept the images small.

The only problem is that some of the scans of the maps don’t completely line up. So this means that some maps are unable to be stitched back together.

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Too Cold for Exploring :-(

While, it’s been too cold to go exploring, I’ve been trying to make up with it by doing some research. Recently, I received an email from a lovely lady named Helen. She provided me with some great information about western Belmont County, Ohio.

Our conversation covered many topics about Belmont County. Below are a rough copy of my notes from a conversation we had on the phone. She has given me some insight and ideas about new topics of research and new locations to try to photograph.

  • What I have been calling the Belmont County Indigent Cemetery is the County Home Cemetery. The old County Home is down the road on the other side of the road. The last I heard, the OSU extension office was located there, among other county offices.
  • There is a barn that is sitting on the old US route 40 right of way (pre 1930′s WPA project to move/widen the road. This right of way is the original “Lady Bend Hill“. They were moving the barn and it felll or dropped and it was decided to leave the barn where it sat.
  • The Mediterranean sits on the site of a Baptistm church. A coal company cleared the top of the hill for the building and parking lot. Due to the way the hill drops off, it is possibly that part of the cemetery was destroyed.
  • There is an Indian Graveyard in Egypt Valley. This information was provided to her by a gentleman who says he knows exactly where it is.
  • According to the maps I’ve seen, Pasko rd in Blaine could be the old pre 1930′s WPA US Route 40 right of way.
  • Belmont county owns The Mediterranean, but the township trustee’s are in charge of it. Prisoners (possibly from the Belmont Correction Facality) tried cleaning up Moore Cemetery, but township trustee’s nixed it.

I can’t wait until it is warm enough to go exploring in Belmont County again.

Because of all of the new information I have, I’ve decided to start an update project on the site. I’ve updated that relate to the information I have. I’ve also written pages for Armstrong Mills Cemetery & the Belmont County Children’s Cemetery.

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Awhile back I created a Facebook page for the site. Feel free to check it out and become a fan. Also, feel free to friend me if you like.

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Belmont County Childrens Home Cemetery & Armstrong Mills Cemetery

Over Thanksgiving weekend I got a chance to do some exploring in Belmont, County Ohio. I wanted to hit afew other sites, but the weather conspired against me. I did manage to visit the Belmont County Children’s Home Cemetery in Tacoma, Ohio. This cemetery is a very very small cemetery that is literally right behind Friends Township – French Cemetery. If you travel up the small road, you will see one newer house and then a 2 rows of stones that are fenced off in the same fence as Friends. Click here to see the full gallery.

The other cemetery I visited was the Armstrong Mills Cemetery in Armstrong Mills, Ohio. I was under the impression that Armstrong Mills was a ghost town so I was looking for old buildings to explore and possible sites to metal detect. I found quite afew of old buildings, but more occupied houses than I felt comfortable poking around. I did swing by the cemetery though. The cemetery is still active, but has an old section. I was amazed by the size of the cemetery for such a small village. The site was triangular shaped and several acres. On one side was the old section, and in the middle (between the old section and the new section), was an equally old section that had a low fence around it. All of the names on the stones indicated that their last name was “Armstrong” or they were related to the Armstrong family. This makes me want to research the town’s history a bit more. Click here to see the full gallery of pictures.

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Got out and did some exploring today

My girlfriend and I took advantage of the awesome weather in Columbus, Ohio today to do some exploring. We ended up visiting 3 cemeteries so I could photograph them. The cemeteries were Brown Pet Cemetery, Primitive Baptist Cemetery, and Silent Hill Cemetery.

My favorite was the pet cemetery. I was amazed at how expansive the cemetery was. I left a bit sad thinking of how many loved family members and friends were buried there.

I hope to get the HTML written in the next few days.

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Metal Detecting

This post will be cross posted between my personal blog and the Midwest Lost blog.

This last weekend, I went out with Ron (Carrie’s father) to go metal detecting. The event was put on by dfxonly.com metal detecting club, and was held at Camp Tuscazoar in North East Ohio.

This was my first adventure in metal detecting, although I had always wanted to try it. I have to say I greatly enjoyed it and cannot wait to be able to go out again. I met a lot of great guys (and ladies), and had a lot of fun. The stuff the group found was awesome. Personally, I found some old rifle shell casings (there were a lot of these just laying on the surface, as the camp had been used by the US military at some point for training), a silver plated spoon, this really neat twisted tent spike that I suspect may be wrought iron, and a 1944 Walking Liberty silver half dollar. I would have been very very happy with the other things I found. The Walking Liberty was just icing on the cake. Ofcourse I would have been equally happy with any coinage. Be it a wheat back penny, a buffalo nickel, or really anything. Being my first coin, I’m very very excited.

I’ve spoken with Ron, and we are discussing other sites to visit and explore. We are starting to discuss other places we can go and we may go out next weekend for afew hours.

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More Changes

If you poke around the site, you sill see some minor changes. I’m actually (once again) performing a rewrite of the site. Usually I try to ensure there are no broke links, spelling and grammar are corrected, generally clean up, and and make minor changes. Most of the changes are behind the scenes. You will notice the link colors have changed. This is because I have started adding style sheets to the site.

With the “upgrades” to the site, it only took me a matter of hours (rather than days) to update all of the HTML. Moving forward, the changes I made will allow me to write new pages faster. This is a very good thing because I tend to drag my feet in writing the HTML after I have the photographs up.

I’m very very satasifed with the site. Please let me know of any comments or feedback you have. Also let me know if I missed any broke links or pictures.

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Wow….I didn't know I was behind

I’m sorry for not getting the HTML done sooner, it seems I forgot to write pages for Agudas Achim Jewish Cemetery and Mitchell Cemetery. This is an error I have corrected tonight. I also did some clean up on the West Virgina pages. Let me know if you find any broken links or anything else that needs corrected.

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