Sunday, May 18, 2003

Bicentennial Notebook


Rail club shows role in history

By Randy McNutt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

An Ohio bicentennial-related program on the advancement of railroads will be displayed this spring at the old Union Terminal.

The Cincinnati Railroad Club's program will show the progress made by rail companies from the early 1800s to the present.

"The display, called Short Stacks, will honor what the railroads did for the state of Ohio," said Sheridan E. Yelliott, club historian.

""I realize the river did a lot for Cincinnati. But as far as bringing foodstuffs into the city, the railroads served with distinction. That's the reason behind Short Stacks."

It will be held in Tower A of the terminal from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and on the first and third Sundays from July through Nov. 30. It is free.

The display will include many pieces of locomotive memorabilia. The group has one of the largest rail libraries in the Midwest.

Mr. Yelliott said the terminal itself is worth the trip.

Information: 651-RAIL.

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COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bicentennial Commission will salute higher education this spring by dedicating 15 historical markers.

The sites are: Lorain Community College, Miami University, Ohio University, Hiram College, Ursuline College in Cleveland, the defunct Franklin College in Harrison County, Otterbein College in Westerville, Kenyon College, Gambier; Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati; the old Coonskin Library, Amesville; Wilberforce University, Greene County; University of Cincinnati; Antioch College, Yellow Springs; Oberlin College, and Muskingham Academy (Marietta College).

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CROSBY TWP. - Crosby Day will be held at Stricker's Grove on Ohio 128 from 1-8 p.m. today .

It will feature antique tractors and cars, live music, picnics (bring your own basket; no alcohol), rides and clowns.

"It will be a great way to celebrate Crosby Township's 200th birthday," said Maurice Hornbach, one of the organizers.

Information: mmhornbach@msn.com.

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OXFORD - The grand opening of Oxford Community Park will be Oct. 4-5.

The first phase of the 113-acre park has been finished in time for the bicentennial. The park has four lighted baseball fields, soccer fields, a shelter, a small playground, basketball and shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, a gazebo and natural areas.

The old-fashioned celebration will include a re-enactment of baseball as played in the 1800s. The Ohio Historical Society's ball team, the Muffins, will appear.

The park is at 6801 Fairfield Road.

Information: 523-6314.




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