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US 20 Journey 2010
Day 7 - May 19
A wonderful stay at the Bank Street B&B compliments of the Morley Library. Stephanie and Matt were great hosts. Good conversation, excellent breakfast and comfortable surroundings.
Left Painesville a little later than I intended. A beautiful, sunny, pleasant day.
First stop was at the Garfield House in Mentor, just down the road a few miles. Was a quick, interesting stop. From what I learned, he might have been a pretty good President if he had not been assassinated so early in his Presidency. I didn't know much about Garfield beforehand, other than that he was the second President to be assassinated. It was a good learning stop.
The information on the right made me think of the recent political climate in this country
Willoughby, OH. A pleasant town square at the end of the Main Street. Willoughby is the only place in America with that name, someone at my reading in Painesville told me. It was named after a Medical Educator who lived in Herkimer County, NY. A medical college was started here in 1834 and the town changed its name, from Chagrin, to honor the doctor who was one of the founders of the school.
Routes 6 and 20 on the east side of Cleveland. A concurrence of the two longest US Highways. 6 runs from Provincetown, MA to Bishop, CA.
Dunham Tavern on Euclid in Cleveland. This is the oldest building in Cleveland still in its original location. The museum was closed but I got a quick peak inside when someone there went in to give me a brochure.
Dunham's was a stagecoach stop in the 1800s. Again, how many western traveling pioneers maybe stopped here?
20 through downtown Cleveland. Would have taken more pictures but no easy place to just park and walk and I didn't have a lot of time. Cleveland looks like a city I might want to explore a little bit sometime.
The closest 20 gets to Lake Erie is in Cleveland, as it skirts Edgewater Park. I stopped to get out on foot a little bit.
Passed an extensive area of Greenhouses near Kipton, OH. Acres and acres of greenhouses. I have never seen such an extensive collection of them.
Old arch bridge over the Vermilion River, Wakeman, OH just parallel to US 20.
An interesting building in Bellevue, OH that caught my eye. J. Oehm on the top.
Another interesting sign. Railroad tracks are just beyond the picture. Guess trains block the road somewhat regularly.
Fremont, where I had a reading at the Birchard Library.
Pam and Nancy from the library gave me a tour of the area in the library van. The next few pictures are from that tour.
If you ever used Heinz ketchup this is where it came from.
First ever Presidential library.
Not in service, but recently restored by an old car aficionado.
Smaller audience, but a good reception and a few books sales. Afterwards I drove on the Toledo for the night.
One of a few mileposts from 1842 still standing along 20. This one was in Woodville. These were erected between Lower Sandusky (a former name for Fremont) and Perrysburg along what was then the Maumee and Western Reserve Turnpike.
I was warned to be very careful driving through Woodville as it is known to be a speedtrap. And at the edge of town was the Speed Trap diner. I was especially careful not to exceed the 25 mph limit through the town.
1946 theater in Maumee.