On the Street Where You Live…

by Ken Mueller on March 15, 2013 · 12 comments

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2013 03 14 07.31.34 300x225 On the Street Where You Live...If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that I recently moved from one end of Lancaster to the other. I went from representing the West Side to living on the East Side. With the move, I discovered myself in a neighborhood that I’d never really traveled or explored. Each morning when we take Shadow for his daily walk, we go a slightly different way and we are discovering some cool little areas and businesses.

A few days into our stay at the new house on East Ross Street, I discovered an interesting monument just a block down the road. Situated on an empty lot, tucked in between a house and a church, and surrounded by a wrought iron fence is a monument declaring that the land was once the site of a house owned by George Ross.

Who’s George Ross, you ask?

Well, apparently he was a local lawyer who also happened to be one of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence. While he died at the young age of 49, not only does he have a street named after him here in Lancaster, but there is also an elementary school and an apartment complex that bear his name. Oh, and he was also the uncle to that other famous Ross, Betsy.

Lancaster is quite rich with history, so there is a lot of this type of thing in our area, but the thought that one of the signers of the Declaration probably walked on the land on which I live, is pretty cool.

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So for today’s edition of the Friday Blogging Experiment, I want to know what happened on the street where you live. Did anything famous happen on your street? Did someone famous (or infamous) live there? And feel free to pick any street you’ve ever lived on. If you can’t find anything for your street, stretch it a bit to your neighborhood, or if you must, your town or city.

But I bet that some of you can amaze us with some cool little historical or noteworthy events.

So it’s your turn. What happened on the street where you live?

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dbvickery
dbvickery

I got nothin' - other than my small Texas town has an annual turkey trot down Main Street with some turkey imported from somewhere in Minnesota. The football team is - after all - the Cuero Gobblers. And my high school QB went on to play in the NFL for the Browns and Eagles. So I blocked for 4 years for an NFL QB.

C_Pappas
C_Pappas

Im not sure about the actual street but I can tell you that I live in Lowell, MA in one of the original mills. Lowell was the first city in the US to use hydro power to power the mills which I think is pretty interesting and they preserved the buildings very nicely so some still have the original machinery in the lobby. What I love about my building is that my Memere worked there as a seamstress making pajamas when she came to the US from Canada. My mom also worked in the building when she was in high school. The mills have only been apartment lofts for about 3 years so it was very cool for me to invite the family over to see the building they had once worked in.

girlseeksplace
girlseeksplace

That's pretty cool. I live in a neighbor that is around 21 years old. Before it became a master planned community, it was desert. I'm guessing some pioneers or gun-slingers lived on the land.

jeremycwalter
jeremycwalter

We found out from our neighbor - who's been on our block for 50 some years - that our first home (now our rental house) was a candy shop, and our current home was a butcher shop.  I would have had no idea!  The shop owners lived in the homes, and ran their business out of the front room (both now designated living rooms).  Thought that was kind of cool.

Related note: A few years ago I was talking to Charlie Smithgall and he told me Water St (our street) got it's name because it used to be a creek, being at the lowest water grade measured by West-to-East in the city.  Kinda cool. There's also still, supposedly, an underground water passage way you can drive a car through that runs from the Fulton Theater the whole way out the southside of the city. 

margieclayman
margieclayman

We're pretty certain there is a tiny Indian mound in my parents' back yard. Not a lot happened around here except for mound building and wars, really. But when I went to Kent State I often walked by the scene where all of that horrible-ness happened, and it always struck me how weird time is.

KenMueller
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@C_Pappas I think I told you once that my brother in law and his family lived in one of those for a few years. I need to find the address and see if perhaps it's the same one! We have the same thing here in Lancaster. A lot of the old tobacco warehouses and an old cork factory have been turned into some cool businesses, including hotels. 

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KenMueller
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@jeremycwalter Wow, that's pretty cool. I wonder how we can find out about that underground passage. I want to do a lot of research on our area. We walk past the Fulton Hotel and old Fulton Market all the time, and I know there is some real history there.

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KenMueller
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@margieclayman That's kinda cool. Not sure  how you figure out if it's a legit mound or not. But it would be weird walking around Kent State or any place where that type of thing happened.

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girlseeksplace
girlseeksplace

@KenMueller I love that. I saw a show on HGTV the other night where a couple had repurposed an old mill to be their house. I think it was in Virgina. I should also mention I live in Las Vegas, land of a thousand sins.

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