Today, Tuesday June 11, we toured the area with Rich Bryer to see the local sights. Rich grew up in this area and thus we had the perfect guide. The area around East Liverpool, Ohio where Rich grew up was teaming with pottery factories along the Ohio River. His father and Uncle owned one of the pottery factories until the property was sold for an interchange for US highway 30. All that remains is a bottle kiln right in the middle of the interchange.
Here is the kiln, as it appears today, all that remains of the pottery factory.
We visited one of the few remaining pottery factories, Homer Laughlin. It is where Fiesta pottery is made.
We also toured downtown East Liverpool and visited the Lou Holtz and Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame.
This was a very impressive exhibit of much of Lou’s memorabilia from his days at Arkansas, Notre Dame, South Carolina, etc.
Rich standing among some of the Lou Holtz exhibit.
Also included in the Hall of Fame are noted celebrities from the Ohio Valley including; Dean Martin, Regis Philbin, Clark Gable, and Robert Urich to name just a few.
Rich is a contributor to the Hall of Fame. Here’s Rich pointing out his name.
We crossed the Ohio River into Wellsville, OH, to view the floodwall for the Ohio River, placed in a low area in town. Painted on the wall are scenes of the history of the area including the bottle kiln (same one as shown above) and a scene with the Delta Queen on the Ohio River.
That’s another trip Kathy and I want to take some day.
Tuesday was another great day learning more about the back roads of America and a friend’s childhood.
Today Tuesday, June 12, we met Rich for lunch and went to the Spread Eagle Tavern & Inn. It was once part of the underground railroad in this part of Ohio.
This will be the last update from Guilford Lake. Tomorrow Kathy and I travel to Niagara Falls for 5 days. Another grueling 238 miles, all in one day!!