Saturday, November 24, 2007

Lime City Quarry, Wood County, Ohio

HERE'S a website devoted to beautiful mineral specimens, from the Lime City Quarry. There's another, along with a map,HERE .

Rutherford B. Hayes

The presidential inauguration of Northwest Ohio's Rutherford B. Hayes, on March 5, 1877. Hayes had secretly taken the oath of office two days earlier, in fear of unrest. He lost the popular vote to Democrat Samuel Tilden by about a quarter million votes, and lost the electoral vote as well. However the results from four states were contested and the Republican-controlled Congress set up an Electoral Commission to decide the winner.
Needless to say, the Republican Hayes became president, in spite of having lost the election.

Norwalk, Ohio

Norwalk seems to be well fixed for good houses, in spite of the recent barbarism shown by the Episcopal congregation in the destruction of their rectory.
This one had a fire, recently, but is being restored.
Photo by Alex Fries

Detroit's Comerica Tower

Magnificent building. HERE are some details.
(Photo Credit)

The Edmund Fitzgerald

I've been meaning to post on the anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, on November 10.
Captain McSorley and several members of the crew were from Toledo.
HERE'S a very good website about the ship.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Stay Tuned

More posts this evening.

Courthouse Square, Downtown Toledo

Photo: Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

The Maumee

The High Level Bridge didn't block the view of Downtown when this was made.
Photo: Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

Cherry Street Bridge, Downtown Toledo

Unfortunately, the columns that were to house the lift mechanism were never built.


The Toledo Symphony will present a Christmas Concert at Augsburg Lutheran Church, 1342 Sylvania, on December 12, at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $17.00.

The Historic Vistula Foundation will have a Victorian Christmas Tea at the Casey-Pomeroy House. For the details, click HERE .

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, Carey, Ohio

Photos by Alex Fries

Walbridge Park

Old South End Houses

Notice the way the roofline flares outward at the bottom. That little trick was popularized by Toledo architect Harry Wachter.

Wheeler's Opera House, Downtown Toledo

This was one of Carl Schon's designs. It was built in 1870-1871 and burned down in 1893. The place attracted a high class of performers, including Buffalo Bill Cody, Lillie Langtry, Edwin Booth, and Sarah Bernhardt.
Notice the eagle on the roof. It was made of iron and had a nineteen foot wingspan.

First Congregational Church, Old West End

Round and octagonal churches rarely work. This one does. Magnificent. Notice the porte cochere at the back.

One of Toledo's great treasures. The place has several Tiffany windows.
Photos: Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

Wood County Courthouse, Bowling Green, Ohio

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Old West End

The congregation prides itself on being "welcoming", but this monstrosity is about as welcoming as the average county jail. One of the most butt-ugly churches I've ever seen. It would have been only slightly better if they'd finished it.
Photo: Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

Fostoria, Ohio

Photos by Kevin Hammer

New London, Ohio

Photo by Alex Fries

Oak Hill Cottage, Mansfield, Ohio

(Photo Credit)

Monday, November 19, 2007