Oddball Ohio: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places
This off-the-wall travel guide presents an Ohio odder than
imagined. It wastes no time describing Cedar Point or suggesting
scenic bike rides through the Hocking Hills; instead, this
entertaining travel companion directs out-of-state adventurers and
Buckeye state residents to the home of the world's largest
cockroach, an Amish SUV, Egg Shell Land, a two-headed calf, and the
Accounting Hall of Fame. Ohio is depicted as the birthplace of bar
codes, Airstream trailers, televangelism, Paul Lynde, Alcoholics
Anonymous, and the banana split. Odd stories abound, and tales of
Ohio as the only state where Jerry Springer has been elected the
mayor of a major city, where a brick outhouse is on the National
Register of Historic Places, and where Buster the Dog voted for
president accompany the site-seeing suggestions. Plenty of photos
and maps ensure that this guide is as practical as it is wacky when
seeking out wonders such as the Great Pumpkin Watertower,
Goodyear's World of Rubber, and Bogart and Bacall's wedding
site, then relaxing with a brew at the World's Longest Bar.
"An interesting read, full of trivia, facts and unusual destinations." -- The Columbus Dispatch. "Great guide to offbeat sites around the state." -- The Buffalo News. "If they ever make bookshelves for automobiles, reserve a slot for Oddball Ohio." -- Ohioana Quarterly.
Jerome Pohlen is the author of "Oddball Colorado", "Oddball Florida", "Oddball Illinois", "Oddball Indiana", "Oddball Minnesota", and "Oddball Wisconsin". He is a regular travel commentator for "848" on WBEZ, the Chicago affiliate of National Public Radio, and was the recipient of the Illinois Broadcasters Associated Press Award for Best Essay 2002. He lives in Chicago.
Preface Introduction: Ride the High Country or "They Went Thataway" Cowboy Codes: Straight & Pure & All Boy When We were Young: Nostalgia & the Cowboy Hero Arms & the Man: The Friendly Gun Give Me My Boots & Saddles: Camp Cowboy Tall in the Saddle: Romance on the Range White Hats & White Heroes: Who Is That Other Guy? Virgin Land: Landscape, Nature, & Masculinity Corporate Cowboys & the Shaping of a Nation Postscript - The Frontiersman (1938) List of Films Mentioned References Index.