Thursday, April 28, 2011

Locks 27, 28, and 29

Lock 29
Lock 27
Lusk's Lock

On Easter Sunday, my husband Mike, my brother Shane, and I went mushroom hunting. I love finding wild mushrooms in the early spring.  We went searching around Lusk's Lock.  It is such a beautiful area.  This one is in awesome shape.  We walked down the stairs on the right.  I am not sure why is is called Lusks Lock, but I know it has two stories connected to it.  One has an unknown worker being killed when it was being constructed.  He is now said to haunt the locks.  A true historical  character named Simon Girty was also said to have loved this area in the late 1800's and was often found here.  Simon Girty had been adopted by Indians when he was 14 and lived with them until he was 21.  He loved the Native American way of life and supported their right to the land.  He would not fight for the Americans, but chose the British instead, believing them to have better intentions toward the red man.  He even watched a Col. Crawford was brutally burned to death by  some tribes in Northern Central Ohio.  Col. Crawford was slowly roasted to death over the course of about 5 hours.  He begged Simon to kill him but Simon felt he deserved his fate, Col. Crawford being responsible for the massacre of over 400 tribesmen. 
I know nothing about locks 28 and 29.  The walk to get to them was somewhat long, but the scenery was well worth it.  All along the way was evidence of human occupation like stairs in the hillside and walls along the creek. 

Lock 28
I was surprised to find water in two of them.  They are slowly falling in , but the moss makes them so beautiful.  Well worth a moment of your time.

Friday, April 22, 2011


 As we continue to investigate Beaver Creek State Park around the Pioneer Village, we ventured across the creek to the other side of Beaver Creek.  I personally have not been over there since 2008.  There are

shadow persons over there and the ghost of a little girl who seems to worry for the safety of other children.  She warns them not to go near the water.  She even sometimes tries to prevent them from going over at all. 

Last night was only our first adventure in that area. We have all summer to work there and see what else we can find.  If you have had any experiences on that side of the creek, we would like to hear them.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


 This is the remaining stone abutment of Bever's Covered Bridge.  It was built around 1809 by John Bever  who also helped found the first paper mill.  It was the first wooden covered toll bridge in Ohio and the Northwest Territory.  Bever was also helped by a man named Thomas Moore, the postmaster at Smith's Ferry (Now Glasgow).  Sometime around 1833 the bridge was turned over to Columbiana County as a gift by Bever.

There is a canal right beside it.  It is Lock #55.  There are 57 locks for the Sandy and  Beaver Canal System, #55 is the last one you can see in the line.  #56 and 57 are gone, though I have heard rumors that #57 is simply submerged under the creek waters, it having risen when the dams were built on the Ohio River. 
There are a dozen other sights along  Beaver Creek I have yet to see from an era long gone. I can't wait to show you what we find.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The West Point Power Plant

 Once upon a time there was a power plant in West Point.  West Point was once or twice even called Power Point because it was the first town in the County to have electric power.  The smoke stack behind this building is the only thing left today. 

I have driven passed this cement tower for years and never knew what it was.  I thought a barn silo or maybe the remnants of an old pottery once sat here.  
I talked to some of the residents of this quiet and tight knit community and they said they fought to keep this old smoke stack.  It is all that is left of an era. 
West Point or Power Point has many other stories about coal mines, a volunteer fire department, and the D.A.V.  But those are for another day.

Monday, April 18, 2011

April 15 Thompson Park Adventure

Jon getting ready to lead his team.
 We had an awesome night at Thompson Park on Friday.  We split up into two groups.  Group one was lead by Jon.  They went around the circle starting with the Time Capsule.  My group started with the fountain. 
"Alex at the amphitheater."

Jen and Sammi

Jon had Jen,
Sammi, Alex, Becky,
Will, and Amber on his crew.  They did an awesome job!
If there are any spirits here, please get in the picture!
 I had Dave, Teresa, Jackson, Mike and Alan.  Again, awesome job everyone!  It was pretty windy but not too cold.  We had about 30 people show up to help us hunt for ghosts!

Becky in for support!
 Because there was a lot of wind, we stuck to having Ghost box sessions. That worked just fine.  We got plenty of responses all around the park.  Especially at Pavilion #1 and the Time Capsule. 

Amber telling tales.

Jackson and Teresa after a long night of fun and ADVENTURE!
When asked to name the color of our thermometer, orange came out of the box and everyone was amazed.  Including me!

Everyone having a great time at Thompson Park!
 Our next tour at Thompson Park will be May 18 at 7pm!  Come join us for an adventure!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Other Columbiana County Legends Videos Coming Soon!

THE LEGEND OF ESTHER HALE As we develope the costumes and characters for our Columbiana County Legends Tour we will be making videos of their stories.  Here is one for Esther Hale.  We are working to make them real videos rather than slide shows.  Keep you updated!

Jake's Lock Walk Canceled

Due to the huge amount of rain we recieved yesterday, Beaver Creek is very high and a portion of the path we use to make our way back to Lock 39 is under water.  There is no way to make it back there safely.  We have rescheduled this event for MAY 1 at 2pm.  If you have any questions, please email me at  :)

Friday, April 15, 2011

G12P's April 9 Hill View Manor Trip! An Awesome Adventure!

This is the break room where we stored all our geer and where
some people would rest for the evening. 

My Tech crew for the evening was Will, Jon, and Amber.  They did
an awesome job!

Amber is sitting on the same stool that Zack sat on from Ghost Adventures!

Here we are standing in the embalming room.  Mary, our new sensative,
 was sometimes overwhelmed by all the
activiity inside Hill View!

Alex and Karena stand in little Jeffrey's room
looking at the toys that have been'
left by other visitors to Hill View.

Penny uses a livewire, one of our favorite
ghost hunting tools to look for

This room just gave me the creeps.  The paint was peeling EVERYWHERE!

Mary Virginia's room is a favorite for visitors.  They leave here sparkly jewelry!

This X was left by the Ghost Adventures gang!

Hill View Manor as we were first entering the building!

ON of the many long hallways to be explored
at Hill View Manor.  10 hours just wasn't enough
time in this awesome place!

Remains of a Time Long Gone

 Across from the Lock 57 park is an old Coal Tipple.  It has been there for years.  I hear  a couple people drowned trying to dive from it.  Walking out on it was a little unnerving.  I was pleasantly surprised to find the remnants of this message on the side.  It says:
No Trespassing
Private Property of
The P,L, & W Railroad Line

Pittsburgh, Lisbon, and Western Railroad actually. 

Looking around we found the remains of the rails from the tracks.  The train could just stop right there at the tipple and unload. The coal would be put down this chute.....
 Something I would not want to slide down myself, ever.  The coal would be loaded onto barges or maybe even canal boats. 
There is a really nice trail to walk back , which I believe used to be where the train tracks ran, at least one set of them.  We walked over a mile when we came across this awesome site!  It isn't a canal.  I realized I was staring at the remnants of the first bridge ever built in Columbiana County.  You can find pics of it on the Sandy and Beaver canal picture site by Jerry King.  I felt like a kid at Christmas!  It is one of those things I expected to have to take a canoe down the creek  to see.  This just totally made my day perfect!

The scenery in this area was just beautiful.  I am greatly looking forward to exploring the other side of the creek very soon.  The rock out-croppings are amazing and I can't wait to crawl all over them.

Very close to the old bridge abutment is another canal.  I am not sure yet which one, but I can't wait to get a closer look at this one either.  Perhaps it is number 56 or 55.  Not sure.  But excited to find it down there!

We also ran across this old cut stone wall along the Railroad tracks.  I am not sure what it was used for however.....
Lock 57 is a great park to visit.  It has swings, a boat dock(not in the water yet, but great to hunt ghosts on!) and a nice picnic area!  The remains of Lock 57 are actually still there, but when the dams
were built, the water levels rose in the river and the creeks.  The lock is simply submerged in the water at the mouth of the creek.  G12P will be doing several other investigations in this area along with looking for the remains of Mile Run, a small oiling town a view miles up the creek.  It was in walking distance from Hells Half Acre and there used to be a well traveled path between the two.  It was a path that was even the site of a murder in the 1920's.  Brother against brother, over a woman.  But that is also another story.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Looking for East Liverpool's "Hells Half Acre"

Hells Half Acre was a wild place in its day.  I think it thrived in the 1920's and 30's.  It was a bar owned by Jenny Eckert.  It was right on the Ohio-Pennsylvania border, which was convenient for the outlaws of the time.  Legend has it that when the PA police went in to arrest someone, everyone went to the Ohio side of the bar.  When the OH police went in, they went to the PA side of the bar.  And I also heard there was a tunnel for the truly desperate to get away.

This bar was frequented by the likes of John Dillinger and Charles Arthur Pretty Boy Floyd.  I also heard Baby Faced Nelson and Al Capone, but who know for sure.  Considering Mr. Floyd's demise so close to this site, it is possible he may have visited here.

There are actually several foundations up in those woods, including one right by the road, and Jenny's bar could be any one of them.  Just walking up in there was like walking into history, even for just a few minutes. 

There were several old dumps up on there.  Most of the bottle are broken, though I wish they were not.  There were a lot of old and broken glass milk bottles up there.  Lots of broken pottery too.

It is history nearly erased.   Just the ghosts of memories remain now.  Soon, that may be gone, too.  

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Briana is standing on yet another Montour Railroad
Bridge, this one on Pancake-Clarkson Rd.
Briana and I had an errand to run in Lisbon on Tuesday, and when we were done, we decided to track down a bridge Dave was telling me about on Pancake-Clarkson Road off of Rt 170.  I love old Bridges and this one did not disappoint.  He also said there was a Montour Train Bridge(another story) in the same area.  This is the best time of year to explore.  No flora or fawna to get in your way.  Everything is bare for you to see.

As we were exploring the train bridge, w
And then we found this little stone bridge.  A true little treasure of
our past.
e heard what sounded like a waterfall and decided to check it out.  I had no idea we would stumble onto this!   I found myself staring at this beautiful little bridge, feeling like we had just discovered buried treasure! 
There are treasures like this just waiting to be found in our own
back yards. 

you can see the remainder of a road, though it has not been used for many decades. I am sure it's original destination no longer exists.  I found myself marveling at the bridges construction also.  I can't see any cement holding the stones together.  It seems to be the way the stones are fitted together that keeps it standing.  Awesome!  I crawled all over this thing, taking pictures at every angle. 


My main question right now is whether we are in Ohio or Pennsylvania at this point.  I know we are very close to the state line, but not sure if we crossed it.  We didn't see any signs saying we crossed into PA.  But with these little side roads, it may not have been  marked.  We are currently looking for any history we can find about the area.  And we look forward to going back and visiting again!  

Monday, April 4, 2011

Respect~The Most Important Word In The Ghost Hunter's Vocabulary

 This aggravates me to no end.  Why would anyone want to destroy some one's grave site?  I just don't understand it. 
This is a beautiful example of a possible Table Top Tomb or Chest Tomb.  The stone is inscribed with the information about the person under it.  In this picture, taken in early spring, 2010, you can see it is cracked in many places, but still in one piece. 

This is what it looks like now.  It looks like some one tried to look inside.  GRRR!!!  I hate that.  It is a beautiful grave marker.    RESPECT is one of the most important words you have in the ghost hunters vocabulary.  Respect the area you are investigating. Respect other ghost hunting crews.  Respect the entities you are choosing to interact with.  With out it, you won't go far in this field.