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Article: The Return of Wilderness to Ohio Hanging Rock

From Arc Newsletter Winter 2017. Over the past two years, we’ve been working to save an unbroken 600 acre forested tract in Scioto County known as Ohio Hanging Rock. It is rare to have such a large block of forest come up for sale at all, and even rarer to think we might actually be able to afford it. In the end, it was only because the Seller offered the Arc a substantial bargain sale that our purchase offer on Ohio Hanging Rock became a reality. That outcome in itself was a miracle, but when a second 147 acre tract came up for sale this year, located right next to the first 600 acres, and this owner also offered a bargain sale, it seemed too good to be true. Read More.

Article: The Rise and Fall of Industry at Ohio Hanging Rock

From Arc Newsletter Winter 2017. With the establishment of the Northwest Territory in 1787, pioneers floated down the Ohio River and began to settle in Ohio, using the Scioto and Little Scioto Rivers as their entry points into the Ohio Hanging Rock Region. The industrious settlers noticed iron and clay deposits exposed on the sandstone slopes of local rock formations, and limestone buried below the sandstone. These, along with forest resources, would become the predominate natural resources that would propel commerce in the region. Read More.

The old refractory clay mine entrance for small rail transport cars still stands at Ohio Hanging Rock. Pictured is Craig DeAtley. Photo by John Jaeger.

Article: Photo Gallery of the Past

From Arc Newsletter Winter 2017. Brian K. Fenton is a neighbor of Ohio Hanging Rock with family roots preceding the operation of nearby Scioto Iron Furnace. His great grandfather was Albert B. Fenton who was the superintendent of Buckeye Steel Brick Factory in Scioto Furnace, OH, working at the plant from 1900 to the factory’s closure in the 1930’s. Read More.

Lumber-filled flat cars leaving Frederick Road sawmill in 1974. Vast numbers of trees were harvested to convert wood into hotter-burning charcoal. Photo by Brian K. Fenton.