Monday, November 15, 2010

Hope Furnace

The Hope Furnace is near Zaleski, Ohio at Lake Hope.


  In the 1850’s the furnaces were used to
produce iron for the nation’s growing railroad system.
The railroads in turn provided transportation for iron
exports linking the southeast Ohio to distant markets
that could be reached by way of the Ohio River, or the
Great Lakes. During the Civil War the furnaces provided
iron for canons and other military equipment used by
the Union Army, including the iron plating that
sheathed the army’s famous iron-clad warship, the Monitor.
Hope Furnace closed in 1874 and the last of the furnaces
closed in 1916.
The forest’s around the furnaces provided  wood to
fire the furnaces and provided jobs for this area
of the state. Though it provided jobs for the area
and towns grew around the Furnaces the homes 
and stores built there  were owned by the
companies that paid the workers with company script.
The script was suppose to be used to purchase over priced
goods from the company owned stores but in fact the script
was worthless and could not be used in the stores.





Friday, November 5, 2010

Autumn Hike at Lake Hope



Lake Hope is not a wide lake but it is a long lake.


This is from the beach area looking across to the highway
which leads to the entrance of the park.Furnace_Trail

The Furnace Trail was our hiking path that day but there
are several trails to hike at Lake Hope.


Some of the hiking trails are rugged and narrow
going around the lake area and some are wonderful
for a vigorous walk.


Geese and other water fowl make the lake
their home.




Evidence of Beaver at the lake were present but none were spotted.


Beautiful textures and leaves were spotted
along the trail.



Scarlet maples glowed in the sun.


Berries were plentiful on shrubs and nuts of acorns
and hickory were falling all around us and laying
upon the ground.


Once stems of blooming flowers were now
fuzzy with seeds heads.


Persimmon’s were hanging from limbs over the water
that had not yet been eaten by critters and birds.



Ferns in the shady areas on hillsides were starting
to back for the winter.



Golden grasses swayed in the breeze.


The lake is almost chocked in the upper ends from
water lily pads which were now turning yellow.
There were just paths through the lilies where
kayakers were paddling through.


Blends of orange and yellows were all around the
lake mixed in with the pines.