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Ah, Ohio, so nice and normal. We have apple pie heroes like Hopalong Cassidy, Neil Armstrong, Thomas Edison, and Doris Day. Our state bird is the jaunty and ever popular cardinal, and our state flower is the carnation, found in the buttonholes of politicians and bridegrooms everywhere. We started America rolling by opening the country's first gas station, and we have a mus ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 25th 2005 by Sterling
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Jason
Despite having hack writer and former Decaturian Troy Taylor at the helm, Weird Illinois —a companion to this volume—makes for great bathroom reading. The production values and colorful images more than compensate for Taylor's leaden prose and inane editorializing. I love this book so much that every time I visit my best friend's Chicago apartment, I make time to secrete myself away in the john and hunch over it. I got to wondering what I would think of the book if the writing were as good as t ...more
Cornerofmadness
Aug 19, 2010 Cornerofmadness rated it really liked it
I got this signed by the authors at the Mothman festival last year. It’s one of the Weird American series. It’s a ‘travel guide’ to the weird and wacky. It’s broken into Local Legends, Ancient Mysteries, Fabled People and Places, Unexplained Phenomena, Bizarre Beasts, Local Heroes and villains, personalized properties, roadside distractions, roads less traveled, haunted places and ghostly tales, cemetery safari and abandoned in Ohio.

So for the most of the stories are of the supernatural nature.
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Ash
Sep 04, 2009 Ash rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A couple of things were inaccurate, like where the original crybaby bridge is in Rogue's Hollow. My Dad and grandfather are from Doylestown and they both said that that's the wrong one. The original burned down years ago, I've been to where it was. Also, the railroad tracks ARE still in use.

Also, I've been to "Hell Town" in Boston Mills many many times and have never seen a thing. It's a beautiful, old town and is actually quite peaceful. There is no bench in the cemetery and I've been past the
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Susan
Apr 14, 2007 Susan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ohioans, lovers of the supernatural or strange
Look, I'm biased. A dear friend was one of the co-authors of this book, and there's a big old picture of me on the first page and deep inside the book. But sentiment aside, this is a great compilation of all the strangeness that Ohio has to offer. Whether you're into spooky tales, UFOs, cryptozoology (Bigfoot, etc.), roadside attractions, or other wacky things, this book likely has it. It's pretty beautiful to boot--not flimsy or disposable, this is hardcover and packed with color photos. Perhap ...more
Bill
Aug 02, 2011 Bill rated it it was ok
A coffee-table book. No more, no less. It looks great on the bookstore shelf; the reality is a lot less exciting. Some of it's interesting and surprising, really it has little to do with Ohio; all this stuff undoubtedly exists in every state of the Union. The pictures are average, at best, and have little to do with the writing most of the time. I was surprised that there was little in the way of addresses or exact instructions on how to find many of the points of interest. But, again, there wou ...more
Chris
Mar 27, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
If you grew up in Ohio or spent a large amount of time in the state, this is a very interesting book. To be fair, you must keep an open mind and take most of these stories with a grain of salt. Some of the ghost stories are strange and laughable but still fun to read. The book is well researched and presented with many pictures. Overall, this book is a curiosity piece that will have guests leafing through it as it sits on your coffee table or bookshelf.
Brandon
Jul 15, 2016 Brandon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ohio Residents, Tourists
Shelves: favorites, ohio
Interesting read. From crybaby bridges to haunted stretches of road to roadside attractions that are a little odd, Ohio just seems to have a knack of being a magnet for unusual stuff. I am still amused with the fact that Ohio can take the cake with weird sounding town names like Knockemstiff. Just a great book that I would recommend to anyone who wants to learn about the kookie side of Ohio.
Videoclimber(AKA)MTsLilSis
Aug 15, 2012 Videoclimber(AKA)MTsLilSis rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun-read, travel
I enjoyed this book. There is much to discover in Ohio, some of it I already knew about, some I just discovered. This was really good on the scare factor. It is one of the better written "Weird" books.
Anthony Ventrello
Jun 17, 2012 Anthony Ventrello rated it it was amazing
As a boy we traveled to Ohio for its many attractions like Kings Island, Ceder Point, and Prehistoric Forrest, but this book shows that there is more to this state than having to worry about getting a speeding ticket everytime you pass through. A must read for the curious.
Bree
Sep 02, 2008 Bree rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
it's definitely fueling a trip next summer. there are amazing places that are nearby and farther away from my part of ohio that I can't wait to visit. The author listed the town and the road that is needed to visit the site. Very good and I believe there is a book for each state.
Shannon
Jun 20, 2009 Shannon rated it it was amazing
wonderful for those of you who love abnormal non-fiction and hauntings, great pictures. It includes many places i've seen like "touch down jesus" and the cemetary right down the street from where i grew up.
Lesley
Nov 21, 2009 Lesley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
LOVED this book!
Jana Denardo
Aug 19, 2010 Jana Denardo rated it really liked it
oh some of this will be in my stories for sure
Diana
Aug 02, 2011 Diana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travel-read
Great book, lots of stories of places and legends I hadn't heard before.
Clinton Roberts
Jun 27, 2015 Clinton Roberts rated it it was amazing
Great book from my home state
Jo
Apr 19, 2007 Jo added it
Shelves: 2007
I really liked the chapter on abandoned buildings. I'm not sure why.
Brian Sturtz
May 07, 2008 Brian Sturtz rated it it was amazing
A work of love co-authored by an ad agency friend of mine, James Willis.
Isabelluna
Aug 08, 2010 Isabelluna rated it liked it
It was fun. Reminded me of things I've done around this state and gave me ideas of places to go.
Cindy
Apr 29, 2008 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: odds-and-ends
Having Lived in ohio I found this book intresting. Especially if I had visited some of the sites before!
Rosa
Nov 09, 2009 Rosa is currently reading it
I have just seen the DVD version of this from the library. I have just picked this up from another library.
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