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 Little Home Histories, Part 14 -- The Clay Pike.

by Shepherd, D.O.

See previous entry: Little Home Histories, Part 13 -- William 'Black Bill' Bundy.

This road was surveyed by the State through Belmont County and other counties. It paralleled the National road and entered the county from the west, near Barnesville and extended through Tacoma, the site of Bethesda, Jacobsburg, and crossed the Ohio River at the flats of Graves Creek, which was on the West Virginia side.

It was used chiefly as a drove road after the National was macadamized or stoned. The hard road was very damaging to the animals hoofs so the clay pike was used during the 1830s for driving all kinds of stock, but cattle predominated. A number of farmers made a business of feeding and caring for these droves. The drover would start in central or southern Ohio and plan to fatten the stock by the time he reached the eastern market, with his droves.

After the railroad was completed, this road soon became just an ordinary road.

Source: Written by: Dr. D. O. Shepherd, Barnesville, Ohio.

See next entry: Little Home Histories, Part 15 -- The Francis Davis House.

For the table of contents and first entry in this series, please see: Little Home Histories, Part 01 -- Table of Contents and Introduction.

This entry is adapted from Little Home Histories in Our Early Homes, Belmont County, Ohio, which was published in 1942. Its publication was coordinated by Robert D. and Beulah Patten McDonald. This entry has been reedited for inclusion in the Pierian Press Fulltext eBooks database, and is included on the Stratton House Inn Website by special permission. This entry is licensed for use ONLY on this Website. It may be used for educational purposes and personal pleasure under fair-use provisions via this Website. Please note that the Stratton House Inn iteration of this entry does NOT include the subject headings assigned each chapter for use in the Fulltext eBooks database.

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