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Thanks for reading! To be continued?

November 2, 2012

It has been a blast writing Interesting Akron over the past few years. I have learned a lot about blogging and my hometown. Unfortunately I haven’t had much time to write new entries and I have several new projects that I would like to complete over the next few months. Hopefully one day I will return to this blog again. Until then, thank you for reading and please do what you can to keep Akron interesting!

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Celebrate with Interesting Akron!: Tomorrow!

August 24, 2012

Come celebrate with us as we (Interesting Akron) receive the award for Best Local Blog from Akron Life Magazine.
When: August 25 at 11 a.m.
Where: Summit Mall, Akron, OH

Check out Akron Life’s Web site for more info.

Named “Best Local Blog” by Akron Life Magazine!

July 12, 2012

Thank you to everyone who voted to make Interesting Akron the “Best Local Blog” in the July 2012 issue of Akron Life Magazine. I’m glad so many of you have been enjoying the posts because they are a lot of fun to write. I’ll have a new article for you this Sunday! Thanks again!

The Doodlebug Disaster (A 70th Anniversary Post)

July 25, 2010

2641 Front St. (in Riverfront Park)
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
No phone
Hours: Dawn to Dusk

When tragedy strikes the shock of the initial story can linger on for several years, but as the decades pass it gradually becomes legend. The Doodlebug disaster was such an event. On July 31, 1940 most of the passengers on the innocently-named street car met their maker in a fiery crash that still has yet to be matched in the Cuyahoga Falls area.

The Doodlebug was a track-based, gas and electric-powered train that ran between Hudson and Akron. Many witnesses and local media couldn’t agree on exactly why it happend, but the fact remains that the Doodlebug was traveling at top speed when it smashed into a Pennsylvania Railroad FC-4 freight train.

The FC-4 had 73 loaded freight cars. The Doodlebug had 46 passengers and hundreds of gallons of gasoline. When the two collided the FC-4 almost split the Doodlebug in two and pushed it back 500 feet beyond the point of impact. Moments later the fuel ignited, incinerating almost every man, woman, and child who survived the crash. Strangely enough, there were three survivors: An engineer, a conductor, and a single passenger who all bailed before total destruction.

A memorial garden now exists at the location of the disaster. In 2005 (the 65th anniversary of the accident) a group of students from Sill Middle School helped fund a granite marker to remind locals of the event. In the above photos you can see both the marker and a set of the original tracks on which the Doodlebug ran.
You can read the full (and far more detailed) story of the Doodlebug disaster in Cleveland’s Greatest Disasters by John Stark Bellamy II.

A Word of Caution . . .

January 15, 2010

Last week an Interesting Akron reader had an overwhelmingly negative (if not almost violent) experience at one of the locations posted on this blog. As I mention on the “About Interesting Akron” page, I highly encourage you to take as much caution as possible while visiting any of these sites. I am not responsible for anything that may occur during your explorations. Some of these places are in high-crime areas and are sometimes owned, managed, and patronized by some pretty unpredictable individuals. Always take a friend with you, lock your car doors, and never leave any valuables in clear sight.

On another note, my goal is to highlight what I feel are some of the more amusing locations within a reasonable driving distance of the city. I’m not going to guarantee that you will be totally blown away by any flea market, store, or historical site. This blog is basically an experiment and a fun way to share part of my Akron experience with you.

That being said, I hope you do gain something from my posts. I highly encourage you to add comments, positive or otherwise, and also recommend your favorite things to do in the area.

Thanks for reading and enjoy.


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