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Remarkable Ohio Update

There are now 252 photos of Ohio historical signs with the tag “remarkableohio” posted on Flickr (click here for the background on this story). Since there are 1205 signs, most with two sides, this means that over 10% of them are now tagged and mapped on Flickr!

kent-historical-marker.jpgkent-historical-marker-1.jpgI thought I would be posting 4 more signs yesterday, but it turns out that one of my signs was an imposter. It took me half an hour to figure out why this sign was not listed on the Ohio Historical Society‘s website. It turns out that if you look closely at the top, you’ll see it’s not actually an Ohio Historical Society sign at all! It was posted by the Kent Historical Society to commemorate Kent’s participation in the underground railroad movement. It’s a neat sign and surely worthy of recognition and reading, but it’s not an OHS sign.

Keelgahan Quest – Part 2

So…a quick recap of our story thus far (or just read Part 1 here):

* Fall, 1999: We hear the James Keelaghan song “Rebecca’s Lament” live in concert with its accompanying story about Rebecca Galloway and native leader Tecumsah where we hear the Rebecca’s family’s cabin still stands.

* December, 1999: We go looking in Chillicothe, Ohio for Rebecca’s cabin, said to still exist, then realize it was supposedly in Xenia, Ohio, NOT Chillicothe.

And now, the rest of the story…

After the trip to Chillicothe, the quest languished for 5 and a half years. We saw James Keelaghan in concert several times in those 5 years and thought about the unfinished quest, but we were never near Xenia and the timing just wasn’t right.

Then in April 2005, John surprised me with a weekend trip to our alma mater, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. On the way home in John’s GPS-equipped Acura, we realized that Xenia wasn’t too far off our track home, so the quest sprang to life again.

The only info we had was that the cabin was behind a K-mart in Xenia. Luckily, John’s GPS quickly located the only K-mart in town. When we discovered this intersection of Main and GALLOWAY streets just in front of a giant K-mart, we KNEW we were close!

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We kept driving, trying to get behind the K-mart, which was apparently built right in the middle of Galloway street. Rounding the final corner, we found the cabin!

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It felt SO GOOD to have completed our quest. We didn’t even care that it was raining!

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We walked around, learned that you can actually enter the cabin, though not on Sundays. We took a picture of the Ohio Historical Marker, and after 15 minutes, proclaimed this leg of the quest completed. I hope someday we’ll be able to return and tour the inside of the cabin!

our-quest.jpgWe next saw Mr. Keelaghan in Lemont, PA on June 11, 2005. We presented him with photos of Rebecca Galloway’s cabin and a summary of the quest his song had inspired. The whole quest was a memorable and fun experience we will never forget!

Remarkable Ohio

My involvement in blogging started with reading other people’s blogs. One of my favorites blogs is Alvin Trusty’s. Back in March 2007, he wrote about his new interest in geo-tagging and a project he started to document all the historical markers in Ohio.

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The idea is for people to take digital pictures of Ohio historical markers (like the one above) and upload them to Flickr with the tag “remakableohio.” Anyone going to Flickr who enters the tag “remarkableohio” will see all the historical markers on one map. Best of all, you can zoom in to read any of them.

This is not only cool, but handy if you grew up as I did with an historically interested mom who wanted to stop and read every sign and an historically indifferent dad, who was the driver and sped up past every sign. As a result, I’ve read the first few words of lots of these signs, as we drove by at high speed!

This project is open to the public, but according to Alvin’s research in the Flickr help files, your signs will only show up on the public map if you upload 5 acceptable photos. At that point, your account will be approved for public searching.

Last weekend, I entered my 5th and 6th remarkableohio photos, so the photos I’ve taken are now visible to the public. The signs I photographed were in downtown Cleveland on Wade Oval, in downtown Zoar, and in downtown Xenia. The map is sadly devoid of signs in Northeast Ohio, so go to the Ohio Historical Society’s website to find out if there are any markers near you and get those camera clicking!

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