Replica of the Santa Maria, Columbus, Ohio
On July 1, 2013, I checked a major item off of my bucket list.
My son and I were in Ohio doing some work, and we finished earlier than expected. We were closer to my 96 year old grandfather in Pennsylvania than we were to home. As I had not seen him in 10 years, we headed to Allentown. The night before we left I recalled that Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Falling Water, was somewhere in Pennsylvania. Looking at the map it was not far from our route, so we decided on a quick detour.
Finding places like this and exploring them can be fascinating and sometimes a bit eerie….
Sope or Soap Creek was an industrious little area in the middle 1800’s. Near intersection of Paper Mill Road and Sope Creek are several old industrial ruins. These ruins used to be the center of an industrial center based on the waterpower that the creek produced. During the period from 1850 to 1940, a paper mill, twine plant, flour mill and hydroelectric power plant occupied an area about one mile long. At one time a wooden covered bridge spanned the creek here, but was lost on March 29, 1964 when it burned to the ground leaving behind only the steel shanks and masonry.
Working in Ohio for a week, I came across some things I did not expect to see or actually knew where there. The birthplace General William Tecumseh Sherman was one of those things. We did not go inside, it was early in the morning and not open yet. (June 29, 2013)