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The Highest Point in Ohio and the Chief Leatherlips Monument

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Chief Leatherlips Monument by Ralph Helmick

Chief Leatherlips Monument by Ralph Helmick

If you’re into reaching new heights in exploration and climbing on top of sculptures then you really should check out these places!  I’ve had a goal for a while to travel to the highest points in every single state in the United States, as well as highpoints in Canada and Mexico, and I just recently began working toward that goal, with Ohio’s highpoint.  It’s named Campbell Hill and is currently located inside a fenced-in school area, named the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center. Now, this wasn’t exactly a big challenge, since it’s only 1,549 feet above sea level and you can park right beside the highpoint.  But hey, you have to start somewhere, right?  And it’s cool that they have a logbook and little “certificates of achievement” which you can fill out as proof that you were there.

But after I finished standing on the highest point I could possibly find in Ohio, I headed to see an eleven foot tall, stone sculpture which you’re actually allowed to stand on as well.  The Chief Leatherlips Monument was created by Ralph Helmick, in his unique way of layering things, in honor of an old Wyandot chief who was say to never break a promise, with the white man or his fellow natives.  His life might not have ended too beautifully but the park where the monument is located is said to have been the location of his final hunting camp.

Scioto Park really is a beautiful park, filled with waterfowl, which you’ll soon see when you watch the video below:


And just to be sure that you make it to the right locations, I’m going to provide you with directions to the exact spots.  As I said before, you’ll have to drive inside the fenced in area, of the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center in Bellefontaine, Ohio, to get to Ohio’s highpoint, but you can park in a lot right beside the highpoint, which you can see if you CLICK HERE.  The green arrow on the map is where you want to go, and the highpoint is underneath those trees, up and to the right of where you’ll be parking.

But if you want to go check out the Chief Leatherlips monument then you’ll want to head to Dublin, Ohio’s Scioto Park and park where the green arrow is located when you CLICK HERE.  You can actually see the monument off to the left of the parking lot, if you switch to the satellite view; it looks like a white V out in the lawn.


If you’re coming to see the highpoint during the day, then you should have no problem driving up to the parking lot, unless it’s a Sunday.  The gate you have to drive through isn’t open at all hours, but they told me that there is a gate you can walk through, at any time of the day.  So, if the gate isn’t open for you to drive through, then just park your car, walk through the smaller gate and you’re good to go!  It won’t be much of a walk, either way.

And, as with most parks, Scioto Park is really only open from dawn to dusk.  Which I don’t think would be much of a problem, since I’m sure most of you like to see places like this during the daylight hours.


If that wasn’t enough for you, then I’d like to direct you to my favorite site, when it comes to highpoints, so that you can get more information on Campbell Hill.  You can check that out here:

And you can check out more information on Chief Leatherlips here:

And check out more of Ralph Helmick’s artwork here:

And here are more pictures:


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Whispering Giants and the Grave of Frankenstein

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Rotaynah - 51st Whispering Giant

Rotaynah – 51st Whispering Giant

If you’re into huge sculptures carved out of wood or interesting tombstones, then you need to check out these places!  Peter Wolf Toth has been carving sculptures out of logs since the early 70s and has created what he calls the Trail of Whispering Giants.  They are carved by hammer and chisel and are made to look like the natives who live in that area.  So far, he has created 74 different Whispering Giants, some of which are 40 feet tall!  There is at least one in every single state of the United States and even a couple in Canada and one in Hungary; the country he was born in.

And you don’t have to travel too far from a couple of these giants to come across a graveyard which includes an interesting family tombstone.  This family may not have been that popular, but they bore a name that a very popular, yet fictional, doctor also shared… and that name is Frankenstein!  I’m not sure about the history of the family, but their family tombstone has become quite a unique “roadside attraction”, if you dare call it that.  And once you’re done searching for interesting family names, you can always head to the William McKinley National Memorial, which was constructed in remembrance of our 25th president.

It’s sometimes hard to come with things to do outside in the winter months, but if you’re just a little bit more observant you’ll come across creative and interesting things like these.  And not even the snow and wind I ran into could ruin a trip to see things like this, which is the beauty behind a little planning.  I saw the 51st and the 6th Whispering Giant on my trip, and it’s a lot different to see these things in person.  The 51st giant is so huge and detailed, and the 6th, although a bit under the weather, adds a little something special to the rest stop, where it is located.  And it was even interesting to see the creative designs and family names in the cemetery, and then to have the giant memorial right next door.

But, I don’t expect you to get too much from this text, or even the pictures, so feel free to explore these locations through the video below:


If you’re curious how to get to any of these locations, then I’ve got your back!  The 51st Whispering Giant is in a field right in front of the Fairlawn Elementary School in Akron, Ohio and if you CLICK HERE you can get directions right to the exact spot.  You can park in the preschool parking lot and walk right over to it.

If you’re interested in seeing the Frankenstein family tombstone, then you’ll want to go to section Z in the Westlawn Cemetery in Canton, Ohio, but you can CLICK HERE for directions to where you need to go.  It’s at the far end of the cemetery and, when you face the tombstone, the Mercy Medical Center is right behind it.  In fact, as you drive around the cemetery, you’ll notice how close you are to the McKinley Memorial too.

And if you want to check out the 6th Whispering Giant as well, then it’s right off of Interstate 80, heading East, in Sharon, Pennsylvania.  It’s right outside of the building at a rest stop, but CLICK HERE to get directions to exactly where you want to go.  You’ll probably need to rest a bit after a long road trip like this anyway!


The 51st Whispering Giant is right along a busy road, so be careful if you bring kids with you.  And the Westlawn Cemetery is only open during daylight hours, like most cemeteries, so be sure to get there before it’s too late, because there’s a fence around the whole area.  Oh, and don’t let Google Maps lead you the wrong way down the one way street, right in front of the cemetery.  Lawn Avenue NW is a one way street which starts at the entrance of the cemetery and heads toward 4th Street NW, so if you’re coming off of 4th Street NW then take Lincoln Avenue NW to 7th Street NW and you’ll see the entrance.


If that wasn’t enough, then here’s a handy site that shows you pictures, descriptions and locations of the Whispering Giants:

And here are more pictures:


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