After lunch, we continued on OH-212, then OH-800, following the Tuscarawas River to Dover, OH. We stopped at the Warther Carvings Museum and Button Collection, located on the grounds of the Warther family home.
|Warther Carvings Museum (1963) (KSS)|
|Grape Arbor (1916) with original grape vine|
|Many of the buttons were placed in designs done by Frieda|
|Mathematically exact designs!|
|Windvane (1910) carved by Ernest Warther|
and erected on day of his wedding to Frieda
|Workshop lock, from a German castle|
|Warther House (1910-1912) built with locally-made burned brick|
|Former Calico Ditch (millstream) and beyond, now the Mooney Playground|
that was once used by all the neighborhood children, with
a steam locomotive and 1927 B&O caboose
|Vintage scooter (KSS)|
|How to display your button collection in your home!|
|Workshop (1912) is incorporated into the museum|
|The family collected arrowheads (over 5,500!),|
4,728 are displayed here in the workshop
|Example of the wooden pliers, the only|
carvings he ever sold, but usually gave away
|A working scale model of the steel mill, with the inner|
workings shown in a mirror below (KSS)
|He carved pliers out of toothpicks, and developed the triple plier|
|At one point he envisioned a plier-shaped block of wood|
(seen at lower left) that with over 31,000 cuts would
result in 511 pliers - his plier tree
Warther was fascinated with the workings of the steam engine, and at age 20, he began carving scale replicas of notable steam locomotives and historical steam engines. Exact replicas down to the nuts and bolts, using walnut and beef bone. His carvings became famous and in 1923 he agreed to travel with his carvings on a promotional train tour sponsored by the New York Central Railroad.
|The original carvings that went on tour|
Warther also made his own carving knives to better fit his own grip, with interchangeable blades. He did make money by making knives, which is still the family business today.
By age 68, Warther completed his goal of carving the history of the steam engine when he finished the Union Pacific Big Boy (1941) locomotive. When he began to be able to afford it, he made his carvings from ebony and ivory, and replaced the bone in many of his earlier carvings with ivory.
|Union Pacific Big Boy (1953), made using the stump of a walnut tree|
At the age of 72, Warther began carving replicas of trains from "Great Events in American Railroad History."
|All ivory Empire State Express, the world's first high speed passenger train|
|Technicians in the last car of the train measure|
the top speed at 132 km/hr or 82 mph (KSS)
|Lincoln Funeral Train|
Quite an impressive museum!
We took I-77 S to I-70 W and stopped in New Concord, OH. The John & Annie Glenn Museum was closed, so we wandered through Muskingum University. John Glenn entered Muskingum College in 1939, but left to enlist in the United States Army Air Corps in 1941 (having previously earned a pilot's license).
|Montgomery Hall (1921) of Muskingum University|
We drove east on US-40, following the National Road (1811-1837), the first highway built by the federal government, from Cumberland, MD to Vandalia, IL, the territorial capital of Illinois. It would later be extended east to Baltimore, MD and west to St, Louis, MO.
|National Road mile marker|
|National Road's Fox Run S-Bridge (1828)|
|Fox Run S-Bridge (KSS)|
We arrived in Zanesville, OH and accidentally crossed the Y-Bridge!
|You can only tell it is the Y-Bridge because of the sign to the right!|
|Dinner was pizza at the Weasel Boy Brewing Company|
We stayed overnight at the Holiday Inn Express in Zanesville, OH.