It is, of course, quite interesting -- and more importantly, it's sent me to read everything that I can find online. And I've started to map out where some of the
|Erastus Bowe founded the 1st tavern|
I've become most interested in the even earlier story of William Crawford, who led an expedition into this area, but was captured and executed by the local Native Americans in retaliation for an American-led massacre elsewhere in Ohio. Anyway, his execution was rather gruesome (which is not to discount the gruesomeness of a massacre), and it happened within about 30 minutes of my town. Most interesting to me is that there's a monument on the site, called (appropriately) the Crawford Burn Site Monument. I'm terribly excited to go find it. Because I am morbid, apparently.