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Falling Water

Falling Water
Falling Water

On July 1, 2013, I checked a major item off of my bucket list.

Frank Lloyd Wright  June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959
Frank Lloyd Wright
June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959

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.

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Sope Creek Paper Mill Ruins

Old Paper Mill Rd Bridge at Sope Creek
Old Paper Mill Rd Bridge at Sope Creek

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.

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Birthplace of General William Tecumseh Sherman

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)

Birthplace of General William Tecumseh Sherman, Lancaster Ohio
Birthplace of General William Tecumseh Sherman, Lancaster Ohio

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