Sunday, April 20, 2008

Knox County Poorhouse

It is funny how you can live in one place for 30 odd years and only be moderately interested in whats going on. I had to take Arizona history in High School so I know a bit about the state's history, and honestly at this point I know very little more than a few vagues snippets.

This whole "moving to Ohio" thing is interesting twist on local awareness. I have researched Ohio, Mount Vernon, Gambier, and Knox County quite a bit. The web provides so much information that moving provides a person with a convenient hobby of researching the destination to death. I read mountvernonnews.com daily but haven't looked at the East Valley Tribune or AZ Central more than half a dozen times since the new year.

Anyway, on to the point of this particular post. I was flying around the globe with the new Google Earth 4.3 today and came across an interesting historical fact about Knox County. There is an old Poorhouse just west of town. In the late 19th century, 1877, the Knox County Infirmary or Poorhouse was constructed. It served this purpose until 1953 when structural problems forced it to close due to structural problems.



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The building was soon pruchased and repaired by the Mount Vernon Bible College, and operated until 1987. There has been talk of it being HAUNTED!!!!! In fact there was a tragic event involving an elevator while it served as the Bible College. There are several website that have photos and some history, most of which I have reviewed here.
The photo I came across was on Panoramio by user TheBobBlog. I think it originally came from the Rejected Memories website above.
PoorhouseOnce I have relocated to Knox County I may try and get some photos of my own.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Moving to Ohio

Everyone probably knows already that Cara and I will be moving to Ohio this July. We have found a house and purchased it. It is close to Kenyon College [wikipedia] where Cara will be teaching. Most exciting of all, the house is right on the river! So I will be able to fish and canoe right off my front lawn.

I have uploaded some photos to my flickr account.



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I also added some pictures from our trip to Knox County in February ...



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The county we will live in is Knox County . The school is in the Village of Gambier [wikipedia]. Really, the village and school are the same thing. The nearest larger town is Mount Vernon, Ohio [wikipedia]. We have been keeping informed about the area with the local newspaper's great website, the Mount Vernon News.