Ohio is also known as the Buckeye State and it got its nickname because of the many buckeye trees that once covered its hills and plains. Ohio State may not be famous for tourist attractions compared to Washington, D.C or New York but it also offers different experiences. Some of those experiences are weird such as tourist spots within the cemetery or even a deserted tunnel. Here are the compilations of weird but amazing places I have visited anywhere in Ohio.
The Y bridge which is in Zanesville is unique and only one like it in the world. The bridge spans the area where the rivers of Licking and Muskingum intersect. The Y bridge was rebuilt several years ago. It is used to be called as the National Road or US 40 and has made Zanesville, ‘the most recognizable city in the country’ as remarked by Amelia Earhart. It has been added to US National Register of Historic Places.
By going to Putnam Hill Park, from this high vantage point, there is a fantastic view of the bridge and city that a picture is not worth to capture its beauty.Since I was already in Zanesville, so, I visited some other places within the city.Additional facts: Zanesville is known to be the second capital of Ohio as what the historical marker states.
McKinley National Memorial
In Canton, Ohio, there is this famous memorial for a late president of the United States. The tomb of the late President William McKinley was built for more than 6 years. It resembles a giant beehive on top of a hill, and from the look of its size, nearly ten stories to the top. People might think that McKinley was one of the greatest Presidents ever. But according to historians, ‘that’s doubtful, but he had the serendipitous timing to die at the height of his popularity, and to be murdered by Leon Czolgosz, a thoroughly unlikable anarchist’.
William McKinley served the nation as president, the people of Ohio s governor, and the citizens of his congressional district as a representative. McKinley was shot by an assassin in Buffalo, NY in September 1901 and died several days later. The McKinley National Memorial, funded by children’s donations, was dedicated in 1907. It is the burial site of the 25th President. First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley, and the two daughters Designed by architect Harol Van Buren Magonigle, the pink Milford granite structure was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975.’
Everyone knows about Dr. Frankenstein and here is a story I got for everybody. It is very interesting but this is what I’ve read why his grave is here in Canton, OH. In West Lawn Cemetery, it was always rumored to be the final resting place of Dr. Frankenstein. Rumor has it that a Timken family member in Germany wrote to his successful cousin in America and told him how the grave site of Victor Frankenstein was being defaced and spit upon in their small town. The American Timken and founder of Timken Roller Bearings paid for the remains of the body to be flown to Canton to give Dr. Frankenstein a peaceful resting place. That is the reason that the Frankenstein has a grave site in Ohio.
Indeed interesting, right? But, it’s up to you if you believe it or not.
Senecaville Dam and Lake Park
Going further south near Cambridge is a village called Senecaville. Senecaville is famous for recreation and fishing enthusiasts due to Seneca Lake. Seneca Lake is actually a reservoir where a dam is located at the northwestern end of the lake. It is a man-made lake and has been a popular site for boating, swimming, camping, and picnicking and of course, fishing.
All I can say with the attractions I have visited were bizarre but definitely informative. I have never thought that a cemetery can be a tourist venue and some man-made buildings and infrastructure which appear unconventional can get so much attention from the public. With those trips I had, I can summarise it to:
-Zanesville – the second capital of Ohio
-Canton – the resting place of the 25th U.S President and the famous Frankenstein
-Senecaville – a dam turned to a popular lake for recreational site
Those are just the three locations (city, town and village) I have visited. There are still more to explore and that is anywhere in Ohio.