Did you know that portions of the NBC-TV Mini Series Centennial was filmed in Historic Roscoe Village in Coshocton Ohio in June of 1978?
The movie was based on James Michener's book of the same title. In order to create a more realistic setting, Universal Studios brought in tons of dirt to cover the paved street, barrels and packing crates to camouflage telephone poles and brick sidewalks, frosting lacquer for electric 'gaslights', and sign painting to convert Roscoe's Whitewoman Street to a street in Lancaster, PA in 1844.
Several key scenes were filmed in Roscoe Village including a Conestoga Wagon race, a wagoneers' fight outside the White Swan, and the young hero's purchase of the wagon that will take him to Colorado. Starring in the film were Gregory Harrison, Chad Everett, Richard Chamberlain, Stephanie Zimbalist, along with many others. The film originally aired on television in October of 1978.
Roscoe Village returned to the 'good old days' of dirt streets, wagon traffic, and watering troughs for a week back in June of 1978 when Universal Studios came in and created the 'old look' for the filming converted Roscoe Village's Whitewoman Street into the Hell Street of Lancaster, PA as a setting in James Michener's Centennial.
At one time, Coshocton, Ohio had more per capita artists than any other city east of the Mississippi River except for New York City. Coshocton, Ohio, is considered by many to be the birthplace of the advertising art industry.
It started in 1889, in a little downtown building on Main Street, in Coshocton Ohio. The economy then was dismal. For Jasper F. Meek, the publisher of the local weekly newspaper, The Coshocton Age, keeping his flatbed press running was vital to his company’s survival. After seeing a child drop his schoolbooks on the sidewalk, his idea was born, printing custom advertisements on burlap schoolbags. His first client was Cantwell Shoes, who passed them out as giveaways bearing the slogan “Buy Cantwell Shoes”. Meek’s ingenuity lead to other unique items. One of the most popular was his muslin horse blanket, imprinted with a company’s advertisement as a sort of “walking billboard”. Meek’s creativity not only saved his business but also grew it into a multi-million dollar industry and triggering a worldwide movement in advertising. Two other companies formed during these early beginnings, The Beach Company and Novelty Advertising (America's Oldest Promotional Products Distributor, est. in 1895) which are still in business today here in Coshocton County.
Want more information? Visit the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum to view their collection of advertising art.
Some folks think I'm crazy to pull some of these stunts. That's why they call me Mad Marshall. -Marshall Jacobs
Can you imagine living on top of a flagpole for several weeks? Would you get married on a flagpole? Marshall Jacobs of Coshocton, Ohio, did just that and many other crazy stunts in the 1940s, oftentimes to raise money for charity.
In 1946, Jacobs decided to break the flagpole sitting endurance record. "I was working as a steeple jack painting church towers and flagpoles," Jacobs said. "I started thinking of the time 'Shipwreck Kelly', back in the 1920s, made history sittin' on a flagpole, so I thinks to myself, it's about time I start another era in flagpole sitting."
Did you say Flagpole Sitting?
Jacobs constructed a 176-foot flagpole and set it up in the Coshocton County fairgrounds. He planned to stay at the top of his flagpole from Memorial Day until July 4. On May 30, 1946 at 5:00 p.m., he hosted a 'farewell to the earth' program. National news cameras captured the action as he pulled himself up to the top in a boatswain's chair (the same kind of seat that sailors use to hoist themselves up a ship's mast).
Gospel Hill Lighthouse
27610 TR 45
Warsaw, Ohio 43844
The country's largest inland lighthouse - 65 feet to the top of the dome.. Built by Gospel Hill Ministries, the lighthouse is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Other hours by appointment. Free admission.
If you want scenic views, then this attraction is a must! Located at the top of a hill on County Road 24, the lighthouse stands overlooking the surrounding valleys and forests. A prayer room is also located in the lighthouse that anyone can use.
Unusual Junction has been a popular stop for visitors for over 30 years. Beginning in an old barn selling antiques, Jerry McKenna and his family have seen the business grow to include a restored railroad depot and several train cars. "We've added on to the original depot building numerous times to accommodate all the new items we've added over the years," said McKenna. "Our name truly describes what we are—unusual. We have a gourmet deli, including locally-made cheeses and trail bologna, over 100 different kinds of hot sauces and a great little restaurant that my son runs, called Lava Rock Grill." That's where you'll find the original 'Price Is Right' sign that was used during the Bob Barker days, signed by Barker himself. Unusual Junction is also home to Universe Bridal and Prom Superstore, one of the largest stores of its kind.
Unusual Junction is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Unusual Junction is located at 56310 US Route 36 in West Lafayette, Ohio. 740-545-9772. It is approximately a 90 minute drive from Cleveland to Unusual Junction.