Intrepid Historical Services
Kevin B. Coleman
Joy Gough originally created this some three decades ago. In 2003 I completely redrew it digitally, scanning the various images and drawing the map on my computer. It has gone through several revisions and reprintings, the latest version 7 in October 2006.
I created this to make clear the complicated series of property lines involved in my research of a very special historic house in Chillicothe. The Walke House was built probably 1812-1820 just beyond the western edge of the young town of Chillicothe, and remains now surrounded by later urban growth.
Each new property boundary is a different color, with its date and new owner labled. The bottom layer is a USGS 7.5' topo map of Chillicothe, stitched together from two quads. On top of that (visible on the right side) I overlaid a scan of an early map of Chillicothe. I had to rotate and resize both layers to get them to line up and be oriented with north as straight up.
The research illustrated two important aspects of early Chillicothe that are much different today: the old meander of the Scioto River through what is now Yoctangee Park, and the old route westward, a remnant now surviving as Allen Avenue.
A plat map from the turn of the century showed the lots newly created around the house, and also all buildings on the property. I rotated and shrank it to create a map that illustrated the current layout of the property and environs.
The origin of the design and styling of the Walke House became a great mystery to me. After detailed investigation, I figured out who the first owner and probably builder was, and looked for similar houses near where he lived before moving to Ohio. This sheet illustrates the areas in northern Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland that are associated with the first owner, and two houses that may have served as inspiration for the building.
Part of my research into this farmstead involved an 1828 map that laid out the Ohio & Erie Canal. I stretched out a scan of the map to natural proportions and redrew it on my computer. This is the result.
Other research led me 200 years into the past to figure out the historical property owners. I mapped them out, based on their descriptions, and untangled the evolution of the property. This has all property divisions, color coded and overlaid on the current property.
I used an aerial photo given to me on a CD by the county engineer to trace out the features of the farmstead. With some adjustment I used this as the property map for the final National Register nomination.
I created this in 2003 because I felt a good map of just the downtown was needed - especially one that shows historical buildings, eateries, and surprisingly, all the available parking.Front
I created this in 1999 to illustrate the history surrounding a new road planned for Ross County, Ohio. The road would connect two sides of the Scioto Valley and run near the Ross County Fairgrounds. The Ross County Engineer displayed this in his tent at the fair that year.
This 1998 map illustrates the route of Marietta Road and other associated trails and old roads in northeast Ross County, and adjacent parts of Pickaway, Vinton, and Hocking counties. I displayed it as part of the November 1998 South Central Ohio Preservation Society meeting that featured a field trip on Marietta Road.
I used a 100,000-scale USGS topographic map and traced out current roads that probably follow old routes, filling in the gaps.
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