Author: Jerome Pohlen
Table of Contents
1. The Northwest
Map of the Northwest
2. The Northeast
Map of the Northeast
3. Cleveland Area
4. The Southwest
Map of the Southwest
5. Cincinnati Area
6. The Southeast
Map of the Southeast
7. Columbus Area
8. Guy Tour
Index by City Name
Index by Site Name
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.
Hard as it is to believe today, Ohio almost went to war
with Michigan in 1835 . . . over To l e d o. Yep, because of a
misdrawn map used when Ohio was admitted to the Union in
1803, a six-mile-wide strip of land stretching from Lake Erie
at Toledo to the present-day Indiana border was in dispute.
Michiganders pointed to the boundary laid out by the Northwest
Ordinance of 1787, which clearly gave them Toledo.
Soldiers from both future states were headed for Toledo to do
battle when President Andrew Jackson stepped in. He forced
Michigan to relinquish its rightful claim to the land, and in
exchange Michigan received the Upper Peninsula and statehood
in 1837. If Ohioans consider the case closed, some Michigan
residents do not. As recently as 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court
heard 170-year-old arguments as to which state owned the
land. The justices sided with Ohio.Whichever state you sympathize with, one thing seems clear: a
lot of outsiders still want a piece of northwest Ohio. And why
shouldn’t they? It’s home to the first man to walk on the moon,
the bathtub from the USS Maine, a couple of dead presidents,
and the first outhouse to be placed on the National Register of
Historic Places . . . and that’s just for starters!Jealous, Michigan?Archbold
Bathroom MuseumFirst things first: did you remember to visit the Bathroom Museum?
Because we’re not going to stop once we get on the road. . . .Actually, the Voight Collection of antique
bathroom fixtures at
Sauder Village isn’t so much a museum as a display within a museum,
but it’s got a lot more on historic plumbing than you’re likely to see anywhere
else in Ohio. There are 954 artifacts in the collection, including
sinks, tubs, faucets, piping, sitz baths, toilets, and more. It’s kind of like
going to Home Depot, but a century ago.There’s more to Sauder Village than the toilets. This working
community is filled with costumed guides who will show you how to
weave a broom out of broomcorn, churn butter by hand, shoe a horse,
and make a dress out of a flour sack—skills that will come in handy if
the economy keeps going the way it has recently.Sauder Village, 22611 Rte. 2, Archbold,OH 43502
(800) 590-9755 or (419) 446-2541
Hours: May–October, Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 1–5 p.m.
Cost: Adults $11.50, Kids (6–16) $5.50
Directions: Head north out of town on Rte. 66/2, then east onWauseon-Perkins Rd.
(the continuation of Rte. 2) for one mile.
Jerome Pohlen is the author of the Oddball series. 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.
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