Writer’s Journal – In Search of Genesis

Looking for the Beginning of Clear Fork

origin of clear forkI spent most of yesterday scouting Clear Fork for “The Other Mohican,” my weekly Loudonville Times series on the forks and less-travelled sections of Ohio’s most popular river. Setting out mid morning in my “Canoebaru,” I drove to Ontario (Ontario, Ohio, not the real Ontario) and hiked back into the headwaters.

From there, I drove around the countryside, stopping at every bridge over the continually widening and deepening river, taking photos and notes. Not all of it can be explored by canoe. At least, not practically.

I was determined to find the origin of Clear Fork, to meet it “in person.” It starts as an intermittent stream fed sparingly by a pond north of Marshall Park in Ontario. I managed to get near the pond, which is surrounded by heavy underbrush, much of it thorny. Lacking a machete, proper clothing and time, I had to stop short of hacking my way to the pond.

Instead of rambling on here, I’ll let the photos do the talking. This installment in the series is slated to run Aug. 5. Previous articles have been posted in this blog.

In the beginning …

Clear Fork – an intermittent stream about 100 yards past its point of origin

Clear Fork – an intermittent stream about 100 yards past its point of origin

Found in the woods nearby

Pontoons – Found one twice this size nearby. Were these two halves? Would they have been used for a floating bridge. They were either left by floodwaters or dumped in the woods.

Pontoons – Found one twice this size nearby. Were these two halves? Would they have been used for a floating bridge? They were either left by floodwaters or dumped in the woods.

Also found in the woods

A section of fence. Perhaps there was a pasture here. Next photo shows wiring hardware.

A section of fence. Perhaps there was a pasture here. Next photo shows wiring hardware.

 

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A little diversion at a small pond north of the park

This and the dragon and damsel flies were in a small pond, fed by the intermittent stream, is just north of Milligan Road.

This and the dragon and damsel flies were in a small pond, fed by the intermittent stream, just north of Milligan Road.

 

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Still an intermittent stream in the park

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At Lexington Ontario Road

By the time it gets here, Clear Fork is no longer intermittent.

By the time it gets here, Clear Fork is no longer intermittent.

 

Very cool old bridge off Cockley Road

Now a private driveway. C-clamp holding the railing together. Must have been before duct tape was invented.

Now a private driveway. C-clamp holding the railing together. Must have been before duct tape was invented.

 

Self-explanatory bridge detail

Self-explanatory bridge detail

 

View of Clear Fork Valley from Orweiler Road

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Pollution is patriotic

There was a nasty chemical smell and murky looking water at Patriot Park in Lexington.

There was a nasty chemical smell and murky looking water at Patriot Park in Lexington.

 

Dam at Clear Fork Reservoir

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Potential put-in?

Kocheiser Road west of I-71. This was the first spot I found that looked promising as a put-in point.

Kocheiser Road west of I-71. This was the first spot I found that looked promising as a put-in point.

 

Benedict Road Bridge 

Downstream from Buttler. Used to be a mill here.

Downstream from Buttler. Used to be a mill here.

 

Taken from the bridge. A great blue heron stalks its prey in Clear Fork of the Mohican River.

Taken from the bridge. A great blue heron stalks its prey in Clear Fork of the Mohican River.

 

I expect to get out on the Clear Fork next week to explore it further by canoe. Meanwhile, it’s time to write the Rocky Fork article for the series. Might put it all in a book later.

 

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