Early Marietta: A blog by Dave Baker – local historian and Campus Martius & Ohio River Museum volunteer – that offers facts, photos, opinions, and commentary about life in the Marietta area over the years.

  • Rufus Putnam: the early years
    by David Baker on September 3, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Rufus Putnam, one of Marietta’s founders, a millwright, surveyor, veteran of two wars, pioneer leader, civil servant - faced many hardships in his early life. But those hardships in life and military service formed the foundation for decades of leadership and accomplishment. Note: Words in bold are your author’s emphasis of […]

  • L. L. Peddinghaus, The Rambler: When Driving Was a Real Adventure
    by David Baker on July 17, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    L. L. “Lew” Peddinghaus operated a Marietta jewelry store in 1905 at 187 Front Street. He must have been successful because he was able to afford new cars every year or so. That was a big deal at the time.Driving was really an adventure then. Hardly anyone owned an automobile. Cars were not used for everyday transportation but for […]

  • Ephraim Cutler’s Journey: Westward to Ohio
    by David Baker on June 28, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    “When our arrangements for going west were completed, on the 15th of June, 1795, I left Killingly (Connecticut) and departed from a circle of friends from whom I had received every mark of friendship from my childhood, and who had bestowed on me at a maturer age many evidences of respect and confidence. Mrs. Cutler’s friends, as they […]

  • A Century of Service - The Story of the Hippodrome, Colony, and Peoples Bank Theatre
    by David Baker on April 23, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta, Ohio, was born as the New Hippodrome Theater 100 years ago in May of 1919. It was renamed the Colony Theater in 1949, then closed in 1985. In 2016, it began a new life as the beautifully restored Peoples Bank Theatre which continues the tradition of top quality entertainment for Marietta. Congratulations to all […]

  • Ephraim Cutler Dawes: A Wounded Soldier's Journey Home
    by David Baker on April 5, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    They called it the "War of Rebellion." The Civil War. Southerners used the understated phrase “The Recent Unpleasantness," as though the war never happened. Over 700,000 perished in the War from combat and illness. At least that many more were wounded - often with disabling injuries. The poignant experiences of courage, injury, illness, and […]

  • The French Doctor
    by David Baker on March 15, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Most of the settlers and leaders of early Marietta, Ohio, came from New England. But there was also a French connection as well. French explorer Celeron’ De Bienville led an expedition down the the Ohio River Valley in 1749. They buried engraved lead plates at the mouth of major tributaries (including the Muskingum River) to claim the […]

  • Man Overboard on the steamboat CARRIE BROOKS
    by David Baker on January 16, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    The sternwheel packet boat CARRIE BROOKS chugged along down the icy Muskingum River one frigid winter day in the 1870's. Engineer Cliff Crane was on duty in the engine room. Passing the Douda bar (near Malta-McConnelsville, Ohio) Crane stepped out on the fantail to oil the bearings of the paddlewheel shaft. Spray from the paddlewheel left a […]

  • Lewis and Clark on the Ohio River
    by David Baker on November 23, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    The initial phase of the Lewis and Clark Expedition began in Pittsburgh and included a stop in Marietta. Leader Meriwether Lewis set off down the Ohio River in a flatboat on August 31, 1803, laden with supplies and several recruits for the expedition. He would meet up with second-in- command William Clark at Louisville. Quotes, spelling, and […]

  • Thomas Wallcut's Journal
    by David Baker on October 3, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Thomas Wallcut (1758-1840) arrived in Marietta on October 26, 1789 - on foot. He started from Boston, enduring a rough passage of twenty-four days to Baltimore on the schooner CAPTAIN SNOW. After 4 days recuperating in Baltimore, he started walking to Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia). He walked the 280 plus miles in 19 Days, an […]

  • Brick Streets and Horse Manure
    by David Baker on August 9, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Brick Streets are a signature part of Marietta, Ohio’s small town charm. The Marietta Brick Streets Commission states that Marietta has more brick street mileage (about seven miles total) than any city in Ohio. I'm not sure how to fact check that, but it sounds good to me. Locals are proud of those brick streets as part of Marietta's […]

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