A few miles doen the road we happened upon Zanesville.
Located on Interstate 70 fifty miles east of Columbus, Zanesville, Ohio is the county seat and largest city (population 25,586) in Muskingum County.
Zanesville was founded in 1797 by John McIntire on land deeded by his father-in-law, Ebenezer Zane. It was Zane who led a party of men to cut a road (Zane’s Trace) from Wheeling, WV southeastward to Maysville, KY, leading to the establishment of Zanesville, Lancaster and Chillicothe at major river crossings.
At one time know as "Clay City" and "Pottery Capital of the World," Zanesville has a rich history in the production of utilitarian and art pottery, traditions that continue to this day.
Zanesville is also noted for its unique Y shaped bridge which spans the confluence of the Muskingum and Licking Rivers. The current structure is the fifth Y Bridge since 1814. Amelia Earhart called Zanesville "the most recognizable city in the country," referring to the Y Bridge’s usefulness as a navigational aid to pilots.
"Open to All" on this building gives a kind welcome to visitors as it sits above the door on a building across from the Welcome Center for Muskingum County. The Visitor's Center gave us driections to the "Y" bridge and some information on the Longaberger Homestead (fine basket weavers). The Center had a beautiful wall mural that Scrabble Queen snapped she liked it so much.
We left the parking lot going South and hung a right as Main Street in time to see a huge crane in front of the Historic Muskingum County Courthouse.
After a few blocks we went across the "Y" bridge and to a park that overlooked the bridge for some more pictures.
The park also was a good place for one more picture of the courthouse
And this beautiful tree
After a long drive north (we had no idea it was 20 miles) we arrived and the Longaberger Homestead to check out the baskets.
Beautiful grounds and shops laid out within a crisp clean brick building. As you leave the entrance area you come to an outdoor concourse with a big white barn to the left,
and a huge basket filled with giant apples.
We went into the shops and Sharyn went shopping while I sat and watched some very talented young people perform some songs for the visitors. Afterward they graciously posed for a picture for me.
They are (from left to right) Michael, Laura, Megan and Jay.
We went back outside just in time to listen to "The Great Longaberger Pajamas and Suspenders Band" playing some great tunes and having fun.
We bade farewell to Ohio and reached Wheeling, West Virginia and went through the Wheeling Tunnel.
and yes there is a light at the end of the tunnel we are back East in Madison, Pennsylvania.
Sorry no scrabble game today ......... called on account of drowsieness
The quote of the day is from Zane Grey (1872 - 1939)
Photograph: Zane Grey and his horse, Juan Carlos.
The Quote "What subtle strange message had come to her out of the West? Carley Burch laid the letter in her lap and gazed dreamily through the window."
~ Zane Grey The Call of the Canyon