In Focus By On December 20, 2016

The Longaberger Basket

The Longaberger Company is a manufacturer of handcrafted maple wood baskets based near Newark, Ohio. At its peak in 2000, Longaberger boasted of sales at over $1 billion annually with thousands on the payroll. Today, the company has $100 million in sales and just 35 employees.

Explorations By On December 14, 2016

East Liverpool, Ohio

East Liverpool, Ohio, once lovingly referred to as the “Crockery City” and the “Pottery Capital of the World,” is the classic definition of the Rust Belt.  Much like Pittsburgh with its reliance on steel mills and Cleveland with its manufacturing plants, East Liverpool was dependent around the pottery industry because of ample natural resources, access to newly laid railroads, the Ohio River, and an untapped market.

Explorations By On October 19, 2016

The Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad

Coming fresh from a visit to Vermont, I ventured on the back roads around upstate New York. The country was far too beautiful to pass up with rolling, overcast skies for as far as the eye can see. Autumn colors were plentiful. Rounding the corner, I look over and out of the corner of my eye, I sighted derelict locomotives. I did a quick turnabout in the car and hurried back. This was too photogenic to pass up.

In Focus By On September 29, 2016

Revisiting the Jefferson School

There are times when I revisit an old friend and discover something new, such as the case of the long-abandoned Jefferson School in Wheeling, West Virginia. I had not discovered much about the historic structure other than coming upon its demolition in 2013.

Explorations By On September 1, 2016

The Dennison

When the Dennison Hotel on Main Street in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio closed in 2011, it marked the end of a hoteling era. The single room occupancy extended stay facility once competed with the Browne Hotel, Fort Washington Hotel, Fountain Square Hotel, and others — all of which are long closed and demolished.

Explorations By On August 21, 2016

Another Dying Mall: Century III

America is not unique in having desolate shopping malls, but the sheer number of underperforming, closed, and abandoned malls should give cause for alarm—including the mammoth Century III Mall near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Explorations By On July 19, 2016

Exploring Crowell-Collier

Several years ago, I was able to visit the former printing operation for the Crowell-Collier Publishing Company, once the world’s largest magazine publishing house, in Springfield, Ohio.

Explorations By On July 8, 2016

Visiting Detroit Harbor Terminals

Before the completion of the Detroit Harbor Terminals complex along the Detroit River in Detroit, Michigan, most of the commodities and raw materials used in Detroit were shipped first by water to Cleveland, Chicago, or Toledo and sent to Detroit via the railroad.