Salt & Queer Creeks part 1 Logan Daily News June 10, 1961

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Salt & Queer Creeks part 1 Logan Daily News June 10, 1961 - Naturalist Traces Salt, Queer Creeks BY CHARLES...
Naturalist Traces Salt, Queer Creeks BY CHARLES GOSLIN Daily News Nature Columnist Three roads lead eastward out of Laurelville, a village established established in 1871 at the west boundary of Hocking County, where Laurel Pun empties into Salt Creek Of these three roads, one follows the valley of Laurel Run where mountain laurel is in bloom during late spring Another road climbs to Dumm Ridge where the panoramic view is magnificent during early fall, when the foliage has turned to reds and yellows. The third road goes southeast toward South Bloomingvillc and follows the valley of Salt Creek for several miles, until Salt Creek turns south through the Narrows. Many roads converge at the town square of Laurelville. To a stranger these roads are rather confusing, but since we were not strangers we had no difficulty in following this highway toward South Bloomingville, known today as Ohio 56. As we drive south over Highway 56 we arc going down the Salt Creek valley. South has not always been down stream Before the advance of the lllinoian glaciation which took place some 250 thousand thousand of years ago, the stream through this valley flowed northward. This preglacial stream, which geologists call Laurelville Creek had its beginning near Hue at the Hocking Vinton County line and flowed northward toward Laurelville and Tarlton. Blocked by the ice during the lllinoian glacier period the water of Laurelville Creek formed a lake Wafer continued to raise in this blocked stream until it covered the valley to the 900 feet elevation above sea level. At this level, the water found a notch in the high ridge to the south. Water pouring through this notch in the ridge carved out the valley we now know as the Narrows. Sand and gravel deposited by this glacier, and the Wisconsin ice sheet which followed 200,000 years later, filled the ancient creek bed to such an extent that the water in the valley remained reversed. Haynes Postoffice at junction of Big Pine Rd. and Rt. 56. From Laurelville to almost South Bloomingville (where Salt Creek enters the Narrows) Rt. 56 follows a reversed stream valley. Not only is this Laurelville to Hue road interesting geologically, it's of historical interest too. Parts of this highway follow an old Indian trail that led to the old Indian town of Chillicothe. Many unfortunate unfortunate prisoners of the Wyandotte Indians walked this trail on their way to Chillicothe Town. One of these prisoners called this "The Road to Hell". In the early days of Hocking County this was a toll road. One of the toll houses stood at the south edge of Laurelville where the road to Adelphi meets the highway. Toll could be thus collected from travelers on both of these roads. As we drive south from Laurelville we see slight traces on one side of the road, then on the other side, of what appears to be a levee This slight elevation was not a levee but the bed of the Columbus Columbus & Wcllston Railroad, which after many financial problems finally reached South Bloomingville in 1896. It got no further. The original plans for this railroad, which later was known as the Columbus & Southern Railroad, was to pass near Ash Cave on its way to Wellston. The backers of this railroad had hoped to open up the Ash Cave as a resort area. Two engines traveled between Wyandotte, near Amanda, and South Bloomingvillc, until the year 1911 when one of the engines was lost when the trestle over Big Pine Creek at Haynes gave way. After this disaster the remaining engine plied between Laurelville and Wyandotte. A mile or so below Laurelville, a mound of earth can be observed to the west of the road. This is an Indian mound, one of several along Salt Creek. The valley of Salt Creek, named such because of had in to Boston the it other of of w Plcukharp's Store filling station. at South Bloomingvillc, now replaced with a the salt works which once operated along its banks, was a favorite haunt of the early Indians. As we go down the highway toward South Bloomingvillc there is California Hollow on our left, then Sam's Creek Valley to our right. The next road is to our left. This road we cannot tell you about; it is one of the few we have yet to explore. Salt Creek approaches the highway and soon we are at Haynes where Big Pine Creek empties into Salt Creek. Here, Highway 56 crosses Salt Creek. A post office was established at Haynes which originally was called Pincvillc, probably because of Big Pine Creek. D. L. Davis was the first postmaster and this was a station on the Columbus & Wellston Wellston Railroad until the trestle failed. We remember well the Smith School which stood along the highway highway where the Conrad Branch and the Jimtcwn Rd. join the highway. From here it isn't far to the road up Blue Creek, and then the road through the Salt Creek Narrows, where Rt. 56 again crosses Salt Creek. Just east of this Salt Creek crossing the highway cuts the bed of the abandoned railroad Now the remains of the railroad are to our right (east of Rt. 56]. Where the railroad and highway crosses was once called Reed, probably a flag station along the railroad. Now the highway is going up a valley, for now we are in the valley of Queer Creek, the headwaters of which are at Old Man's Cave. The next road to our right would have taken us to Greenbrier Ridge, the high elevation between the Narrows of Salt Creek and the valley of Goose Creek, a stream which empties into Queer Creek at South Bloomingville. We reach South Bloomingville, a village laid out by John Chil- (Continucd on Page 2)

Clipped from The Logan Daily News10 Jun 1961, SatPage 1

The Logan Daily News (Logan, Ohio)10 Jun 1961, SatPage 1
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