Fishin’ for dirt

Mining 101.  When harvesting from the earth solid fuel like coal, surface mining is preferred to subsurface, for both cost and safety reasons.  Surface mining falls into two types; open pit, and strip mining.  Open pit is used when the target fuel, mineral, or ore spreads over a wide area …

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Living railways

Faith, hard work, sweat and blood built the railways; the railways connected the length and breadth of the country – east to west, north to south.  Generations of young Americans have been inspired by the railways, inspired to travel, to dream, to put talents and time to good use.  But …

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Well!

Picture it – it’s the early 1800s.  The United States is less than fifty years old, her population about five million; there are 16 states (17 after 1803, when Ohio achieves statehood), and most people live within fifty miles of the Atlantic Ocean. The south is developing agriculture, the north …

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Giant Geode

Hold it in your hand – it doesn’t look like much.  A rough-edged, roundish rock that isn’t very pretty to look at.  But inside – oh, inside – all the world sparkles in the colored facets – blue, pink, purple, white, gray. Crystal Cave near Put-in-Bay, Ohio, is a life-size …

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Y? Because.

Appearing on the National Register of Historic Places, this Y-shaped bridge has spanned the Licking and Muskingum Rivers in Ohio since 1814.  The first bridge (wooden trestle and stone piers) across the two spans was a toll bridge, with the toll house on the center pier – foot traffic 3 …

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Peace and Joy? Maybe next year…

It’s tradition – a present earnestly desired. It’s absurd – a tacky lamp won as an award which becomes a point of contention and embarrassment. It’s hauntingly familiar – have you ever been Triple-dog Dared? It’s an icon of childhood:  It’s A Christmas Story.  And Ralphie’s house in Cleveland, Ohio, has …

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