Governor James Rhodes brought the dream of the Appalachian Highway to life with a lot of political capital earned over the span of a long political career. Born and raised in Southern Ohio, his efforts on behalf of the people and the economy of Appalachian Ohio are still remembered. Jimmy, as the old timers call him, is a local hero.
Appalachian Highway, Wikipedia.
Others traveling through the region might read the roadside sign dedicated to his memory. As one newspaper reported:
On its long, empty stretches, the James A. Rhodes Appalachian Highway gives drivers green vistas of southern Ohio’s rolling hills. This is not the green that planners had in mind.
The need for connecting roads was felt long before Governor Rhodes. H. R. Wylie, the owner of the pottery in Huntington, was very active in politics on the West Virginia side of the Ohio River. Mr. Wylie lobbied for support, invested a great deal of money to effect change and even entertained the idea of running for state office. Roads were essential for commerce – which as every school boy knows is good for the people.
A Railroad Tunnel Built in the Late 19th Century, Moonville, Ohio.
Tonight, our good neighbor here at Eclipse Company Town, Kiser’s Barbecue will not only have a band, Time Machine, but is holding its first Bike Night! Sounds like fun – even if you prefer a bike without a motor – if not too cold, you can eat, drink and listen under the stars! If it is not too cold, we will be sitting on our front porch next door!
We had been thinking of a storefront for awhile; well actually, since the first time that the barn leaked. Or maybe, it was the moment that I realized that critters like to eat cardboard. Two years later, we finally found a place that just seemed just right . . . restaurants, the bike path, plenty of parking and a peaceful but lively country vibe.
We had a history of good times at Eclipse – watching Eliot and Ezra work in the kitchen at Zoe’s (well, mainly they washed dishes) but they loved (and hated) their work! A little later, a family friend tried the restaurant business – we loved the food – but turned to a different career. Eliot and Katie celebrated their wedding (after stopping to help with a car accident on Route 33) at the newly renovated Company Store.
Best of all for our vintage storefront, Eclipse Company Town is a fine example of historic preservation. We admired the vision – and fortitude – of the owners who restored the old buildings (ca. 1900). And they rose to the challenge after a tornado devastated the building that we call home!
Perhaps, most importantly, we liked our neighbors – both private residents and our business neighbors. For reservations and special events follow their links here: Rickshaw Thai and Kiser’s Barbecue.
A Historic Moment – Beer Comes to the Barbecue.
Last but not least, the Hockhocking Adena Bike Path is amazing . . . we are an easy ride from Athens!
Bike Path Near Eclipse
We are happy to be here!
Ride your bike or drive your car – stop by and check us out! We can’t wait to meet you!
For a brief article about the Hocking Valley Coal Company see The Post.
Article about Hockhocking Adena Bike Path is here.