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"S" Bridge in Blaine, Ohio

I’ve had these pictures of the “S” bridge in Blaine, Ohio online for atleast a year and realized lately that I never wrote any HTML for them. Today I took the chance to write up an HTML page for the “S” Bridge, and do some house cleaning on my Belmont County page.

I also visited the bridge the weekend before last. I just didn’t have my camera to get some shots. I plan a visit to Belmont County very soon and get pictures of the bridge along with afew other things.

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Silver Spade Gone

Per Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park, they failed to raise the required amounts to save the Silver Spade. As of the Fed 9, 2007, explosives were used to lower the boom. By March, 1st, 2007, much of the machine was gone.

I was unaware of this until I visited their website today. I cannot say how sad I am that this piece of machinery, this piece of (dare I say)….. history is gone.

Another link to the past of Eastern Ohio and coal mining is gone. A piece of my history and the history of where I am from is gone. At least in my mind, this is a very sad day indeed.

Today is truly a day where a piece of the Midwest was lost.

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New Blog

Being as my webhost was holding my old blog hostage with their “included blog”, I decided to move away from it to something with a bit more features and options. I had wanted to do a direct export from the old blog to this one, but was unable. Luckly I dual posted all of my entries on myspace. I was able to recover all but 3 or 4 of my posts.

Atleast with this platform for my blog, I can export the data and back it up at will.

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Silver Spade Gone

Per Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park, they failed to raise the required amounts to save the Silver Spade.

As of the Fed 9, 2007, explosives were used to lower the boom. By March, 1st, 2007, much of the machine was gone. I was unaware of this until I visited their website today. I cannot say how sad I am that this piece of machinery, this piece of (dare I say)….. history is gone.

Another link to the past of Eastern Ohio and coal mining is gone. A piece of my history and the history of where I am from is gone.

At least in my mind, this is a very sad day indeed. Today is truly a day where a piece of the Midwest was lost.

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Site Down

I know the site has been looking screwed up the past few days. And that is my fault. I was working on another website that is on the same web hosting package as this site. I accidentally uploaded files for that site to the wrong directory and made the website go away. To compound the problem, I had a backup, but kept forgetting to upload the files to fix the problem when I was home and had access to them.
But all is fixed. It took me all of about a minute and a half to restore the backup last night and put the website back the way it should be.

On a slightly different note, I found some other UE blogs that I wanted to provide links too. I found them a fun read. Here are the links, and I will be also posting them on the links section in the lower right corner of the screen.
http://www.neueu.org/blog/
http://www.undergroundozarks.com/blog/

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RSS Feeds

I always kinda knew that this blog had an RSS feed, but I also find out that my gallery has an RSS feed setup too. So today’s post is going to be about providing the url’s to access the RSS feeds of both of these features of my website.

In addition to this little discovery, I’ve also been doing some cleaning up to the site and modified the code for my contact page. After submitting your message, you can either go back to the page you came from or go to the homepage. Before all you could do was go to the homepage.

Expect more updates to the site as the weather is kind of crappy and makes going out a hassle.

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Finally, some updates

I know I havn’t done much the last 2 months or so.  Due to the holidays and some personal issues, I have not had a chance to go exploring or do any work on the website.  But over the past week, I have started working on writing HTML for places I visted on November 11th, 2006.  I’ve also started doing some house cleaning on the website.  Most of it is very minor, just like spelling and grammar.  But I did modify the email me script to allow you to return to the page you clicked “contact me”, rather than just forcing you to go to the home page.

Below is a list of new HTML pages I created:

I have a good feeling about 2007.  There’s alot I want to do.  Both in exploration and with the website. If you have any suggestions for either, feel free to drop me a line and I’ll be more than happy to look it over and discuss it with you.

So far for 2007, the sites I want to visit are:

  • Warren Harding’s Tomb in Marion, Ohio (along with afew other cemeteries in the area)
  • Greenlawn & Mt. Calvary Cemeteries in Columbus, Ohio
  • President Ford’s Tomb in Grand Rapids, Mi
  • William Henry Harrison’s Tomb in North Bend, Ohio
  • Rutherford B. Hayes’s Tomb in Fremont, Ohio
  • William McKinley’s Tomb in Canton, Ohio

Once again, if you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to contact me.

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More Belmont County & WVa

Last weekend I did some more exploring with Beth (from Grave Addiction), and another friend I met from beth’s message board. I’ve been searching for a grave yard that is near the eastern end of US 40, and Justin (from the GA message board) stated that he knew of one that fit the description that I had. He had also heard that they had closed off the road to the Circle Cemetery, and we wanted to check that out. Beth, Justin, and myself agreed to meet and do some exploring.

I got to the meeting site (eastern end of US 40) early, and snapped some pictures while waiting. After meeting up with Beth & Justin, we headed to Moore Cemetery (on the property of The Med). This cemetery is one of the coolest. It’s so stereotypical of the old abandoned cemetery in the woods.
After taking pictures there, we decided that we needed to verify the rumor about the Circle Cemetery. The rumor was false. We parked at the bottom of the hill (incase the road was closed, and walked up. We walked up far enough to see where the road goes around the cemetery and that it was not blocked off.

Being as no visit to Egypt Valley is complete without a stop at Salem Cemetery, we decided to make a quick stop. At first, I didn’t really want to stop. But I am very very glad I did. While Beth & Justin were inside the cemetery, I took a walk across the road where the church had stood. While looking down over the hill, I saw what appear to be a gob pile (waste material from mining coal). It also appeared to be some small chunks of coal. I kicked one of the larger ones and realized that it was sandstone. The top surface appeared to be charred, while the rest of it seemed to have clean edges like pieces had been chipped off over time. I have no way of proviing it, but it’s *possible* that the chunk of sandstone I found was part of the foundation of the church.

When leaving Salem Cemetery, we decided to hit the Indigent Cemetery on SR-331 across the road from Belmont Technical College. I was not aware, but this still appears to be an active cemetery, with the newest marker (a wooden cross) being from earlier in 2006. While we were here, I took them to see the covered bridge near by.

After that, Justin wanted to hit Union Cemetery to check look around for some relatives of his and Beth wanted to check out the English Baron’s grave. While in St. Clairsville, I took Justin & Beth to visit the cemetery where Thomas Carr is buried.

At this point, it was getting late, and we decided to run to Wheeling, to check out some sites. When we got to Wheeling, we first stopped at Mt. Wood Overlook (the concrete castle). We then crossed the street and checked out the Jewish Cemetery and Mt. Wood Cemetery (which are adjacent).

By this time, we had been out in the rain all day and decided to call it a day. We plan to go back to Union Cemetery, and hit some more sites in Wheeling when the weather allows.

I hope to have the HTML done for those new pictures this weekend.

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Camp Chase

I realized today that I had not done an HTML page for Camp Chase.  This quick entry is to note that I have corrected that error.  Click here to view the page.

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Tombstone, Az & other sites

Some people I know just came back from a vacation in Az.  They were kind enough to bring me back some pictures.  I figured I’d share them.  They went to Tombstone, Az and visited Boot Hill Cemetery while there, visited Hoover Dam, and saw the London Bridge on Lake Havasu.

Enjoy the pictures.

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