Thursday, March 19, 2009

More of East Liverpool's Best Kept Secrets.

Riverview Cemetery is one of the biggest cemeteries I have been in. I am just learning about it. I talked with a woman named Joan Witt on Tuesday and she told me lots of things I can't wait to tell you. Of course, I have to track down some pictures and story details first, but know that a lot more is coming. Anyway, besides the fact that Riverview

Cemetery is the home of the Roving Sentinel, and one of the coolest soldier memorials ever, it also has some impressive grave markers.

To the left is my mom, Gloria, standing beside a treestone. Shaped like a tree, they were popular from 1880 to about 1905. To the right is an open book. An open book can be compared to the human heart, it's thoughts and feelings open to the world and to God. This particular stone is etched with Bible verses.

Again, to the right is my mom, standing beside a stone made for someone named Croxall. I do

not have a story for it yet, but I am sure it has one.

And finally, I come back to the beginning. When I came here before, looking for the Roving Sentinel, I had noticed this ring of grave stones. It is over in the section for veterans. The Roving Sentinel faces this ring, in fact. I wondered why the stones were put in a circle and, how that many coffins would fit like that. To my surprise, Joan told me that was a mass grave and the soldiers are from the Civil War. There is no sign there telling the story. Just the quiet, simple, ring of stones, each stone having a name on it.

I can only assume that maybe these bodies could not be identified individually by the time they were returned home. Buried together, perhaps their spirits guard the memorial, while the Roving Sentinel silently watches over them.

Once Upon A Time In Chester West Virginia There was a Place Of Great Adventure!

Rock Springs Park was in Chester, West Virginia. It was an amusement park. It had a roller coaster called the Cyclone. That is what I remember. Seeing the Roller Coaster. It was white. By the time I saw it though, it was a ghost of its former self.

It is, unfortunately, one of those way cool things we HAD in the area. To the left is the entrance, around 1910. To the right, what the entrance looks like today. See the Worlds Largest Tea Pot? (I want to investigate that too.) That is about where it was. You would never know Rock Springs ever existed, were it not for pictures. There is nothing left of it today. I wonder if Chester kept anything from the park, even as a souvenir. Not that I don't appreciate the giant Tea Pot. We are lucky to have it and I have an article coming up on it alone.

But putting in the new bridge completely erased Rock Springs Park.

Hey, there is one of those signs, like in East Liverpool, that tells you what you had. Now, of course, all you have is this sign. Not a fair trade.

Give me this any day. Rock Springs Park was worth a moment of your time. If you know anything about it please share your memories or knowledge with those of us who never got to experience this Place of Great Adventure.