August 27 – Miami of Ohio Campus

We’d originally planned on touring the Wright-Patterson Air Museum today but decided on taking the morning off and then taking a day-trip to Oxford, Ohio to drive through the University of Miami campus, on one of our granddaughter’s (Taylor)  short list of colleges in which she is really interested.

Exiting I-77, instead of taking a left toward Oxford, we decided to head north through what was billed on a sign as “Historic Downtown Lewisburg“.  How historic is subjective, but it was a pretty town and seemingly something of a throwback to earlier times.

As we’d seen in several Pennsylvania towns, the main street had banners honoring its local veterans,

two murals,

homes with “gingerbread” architectural trim

and a couple of other building or interest.

We then reversed direction and headed toward Oxford … along a series of narrow roads and through fields and fields of corn.

On no less than three occasions, we ran into “Road Closed” signs and one spot for which no sign was necessary.

This resulted in us trying several options at intersections, one of which took us in a three mile loop … which as easily identifiable (it is challenging to tell the difference between rows and ears of corn) as we passed an underground home.

Looks like they actually have to mow their roof

Eventually, we “stumbled” on a state numbered route which took us to

a town large enough to support a Walmart.

Continuing our journey, we found ourselves back in farm country

although on wider and higher-speed roads.

A half hour drive after leaving Eaton, as we reached the outskirts of Oxford, Debbie spotted a covered bridge … which was accessible by a turn-off.

The Black (Pugh’s Mill) Covered Bridge is one of the few remaining covered bridges in southwestern Ohio and the only one in Butler County on its original site.

 It was built in 1868 to give access to a saw and grist mill owned by James B. Pugh on Four Mile (Talawanda) Creek.  Pugh’s Mill ceased to operate after two decades, and the name of the span gradually changed to Black Bridge, likely because there was a white covered bridge located downstream.  The Black Covered Bridge is recognized as one of the longest and most impressive of Ohio’s covered bridges. It is unique for its combination of two truss types – Childs and Long – within a single structure.

A couple of miles further on, we reached the picturesque downtown are of Oxford.

From there it was just a matter of following the signs …

to the university’s fairly large but self-contained campus of mostly brick buildings.

One building in particular we sought out was the Groggin Ice Center as one of Taylor’s “musts” is a school that not only has a robust bio-engineering program but one that also supports a synchronized skating program.

Next week, we plan to do a drive-thru of another of the colleges on her short list.


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