posted by M. | 8:53 AM
Having spent much of my youth on the river bank and RR tracks from the Newell bridge to the WV/PA line, those pics bring back alot of good memories. There are similar stone bridges below the First Energy dam and, although it's been awhile since I looked, behind Northern Hancock Bank in Chester. I'm still impressed with way things used to be built, compared to today. Even a simple structure never meant to be seen.
Looks like a great outing. Quality od photos would indicate that you got some great shots.Kind of wish I could have been with you. Well that is life.Thanks for sharing them with us.
Doug--You are absolutely right. In the past, it would never occur to people to intentionally build an ugly thing. Aesthetics were always part of it, even when, as you say, it was never meant to be seen.Larry--It was a wonderful outing indeed. Most people haven't learned (or have forgotten) how to see our beautiful city.
Where is the Jethro District?
M. Thanks for sharing.
Jethro Hollow is down river from the West End. You get there by taking the street between Patterson Field and Dairy Queen off Rt. 7. It's a short walk to the RR tracks and the river. Jethro was a residential/industrial neighborhood on the way to Wellsville. With the construction of Rt. 7 and the widening of the RR tracks, the floodplain that Jethro sat upon is no longer there. The area was famous for flooding in the old days. The group was searching for the old Walker sewer pipe plant. We did find it about half way to Wellsville, but all that's left are foundation stones and a lot of old clay sewer pipe strewn around. It was a very enjoyable walk.
Wow. Never knew about it. And a walk is enjoyable no matter where it is.
Very cool pictures. I'm now annoyed that I didn't spend much time exploring such areas when I lived near ELO (just down the river in Wellsville).Yes, there was an era when industrial objects also had beauty. I now live near the Thomas Viaduct on the B&O railroad, which took this idea to extremes.
In a couple of the pictures here you can see that on the river side of the railroad tracks opposite Jethro the land juts out into the river little. The neat thing about the was if you walked all the way out to the end and took pictures you find you had created an illusion of standing in the middle of the river. It was pretty neat.For those who don't know much or anything about the community of Jethro or the community of Walker's there is an article that covers both on the East Liverpool historical society website. Just look for the name Walker.There will be other walks to various places throughout the spring and summer as well as internal photographing of some of the remaining buildings in the downtown we didn't get last summer this spring and summer. Anyone who is interested is welcome come along. Let Matt know or contact East Liverpool historical society through their website.
I was born in East Liverpool, in 1969. My folks lived in Jethro Hollow. It flooded in 1970 or 1971, I believe... Dad and mom moved everything to the second story of our house. My brothers and sisters played out on the railroad tracks, and in what we called "The Tunnel Creek" where the little stream came out.
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