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PLSJC Director Alan Hall writes a weekly column discussing library and community news, history, and other interesting subjects.

Tips & Trips for Tourists in Steubenville

By Alan Hall, Director, PLSJ
Publish Date - Sunday, September 28, 2008

A brochure entitled, "Tips and Trips for Tourists in and around Steubenville" landed on my desk recently.


It was published by the H.C. Cook Co., of Steubenville and was compiled and arranged by W. Elza Scott.


Although it contains no date, I am guessing that it was published between 1947 and 1953.


The brochure provides information about 11 sites around the Steubenville area for tourists in the area.


It is interesting to see what was being promoted for tourism 60 years ago.


The first stop is the site of Fort Steuben, between High Street and Lake Erie Ave.


Today, the Fort has been reconstructed, and High Street is now State Route 7 and Lake Erie Ave. in that area is gone, replaced by the Fort.


A tourist is then directed to the foot of Market Street for Site No. 2 where Dr. Joseph Doddridge held church services in the "early 1790s."


The third stop is south on High Street to the "location and original main building" of the old Steubenville Female Seminary.


Today, State Route 7 goes through the site of the main building near Adams Street.


This dates the brochure, as the old Seminary buildings were still visible in the 1947 Sesqui-centennial photos, but were demolished around 1953 for the construction of the four-lane "High Street Thoroughfare" for Route 7.


Site No. 4 is the birthplace of Edwin M. Stanton at 526 Market Street, today remembered by a plaque at 5th and Market Streets.


The "site" of the first "United States Land Office" is No. 5, noted to be on Third Street, but the actual building had been moved to Sunset Blvd. at this time in history.


The final downtown site is No. 6, the location of the home of Bezaleel Wells' home at South and 3rd Streets.


Although the mansion was given that address, its physical location was further south and closer to the Ohio River.


It find it odd that this is even mentioned, as the home was demolished in 1905 to make way for the Pope Tin Mill, later the Steubenville Works of Weirton Steel Corporation.


Numbers 7 and 8 are a tour of Union Cemetery followed by "scenic drives" over Sunset Blvd. to either Cadiz or Richmond to see the "beautiful sunsets."


A trip to Mingo is No. 9 to see where George Washington landed in 1770 is next on the brochure.


No. 10 involves traversing the county to the north to Yellow Creek to see Chief Logan's home and the place where pioneers entered the Ohio Country.


This site has disappeared completely from today's historic destinations.


The final stop is a return to Steubenville to the foot of Market Street to see where Abraham Lincoln addressed the crowd as he journeyed to Washington, D.C., to be inaugurated as President in 1861.


Today an historical marker in the Court House lawn commemorates that.


It is interesting how things change as time passes.