Tuesday, May 12, 2015

page 60 -- Buchtel City Restaurant, vegetable seed catalog page, unidentified cards

updated 16 June 2016
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The descendents of Earl J. Arnold haven't a clue how this card found its way to Bristol CT where the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection was assembled.

Buchtel, Ohio is a village surrounded by National Forest land. In 2015, a tour through on Rt. 78 via Google Street View revealed no distinct village center. Perhaps the construction of Rt. 78 obliterated it. In 1877 it had active coal mines and an iron furnace established by John R. Buchtel. At that time, it had enough population (870) to support Dilcher's, the Buchtel City Restaurant. A search of YouTube indicated the Buchtel School named after the community's founder and built in 1931 was recently torn down.

Buchtel OH from Google Earth showing rugged terrain in 3D.
From YouTube, here's some evidence that Buchtel OH is still an exciting place to live!

Ohio Summer Storm, 2012

David Rosso's video gives visitors a glimpse
of the Buchtel countryside in March 2015

The Little Cities Archive online has a great series of photos of Buchtel OH around the time the Buchtel City Restaurant was in business. From the Archive site:
The Little Cities Archive has been established to serve as the repository for all forms of information about the history of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds area which includes southern Perry, northern Athens, and eastern Hocking Counties of Ohio.  The archives has a physical and online presence.  The physical archive is located on West Main Street in Shawnee, Ohio .  We encourage you to visit.  The Archive is open Monday thru Thursday from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
From the Archive above is a view of Buchtel in 1909:


Note the "old" frame Catholic church centered in this photo. On its right is the new brick edifice. From Route 78, which I suspect may follow the route of an old railroad bed, Google Street View returned to this scene in October 2007:


In 2009, Google Street View captured an image of a Buchtel residence similar to those seen in the row of homes shown left to right in the 1909 picture above:

As of 2015, the fancy iron fence survives (corner of Akron & Marietta Ave.).
Counting door steps, there may have been two entrances
on this side of the home at one time.
A 2015 Google Earth view of Buchtel indicates that this building has been torn down:

The only pieces of 1909 downtown Buchtel OH that remain in 2015 are the Catholic Church and
the fancy iron fence around the lot where the old home above once stood. If your eyes are really good,
you can also spot the pair of door steps that used to lead to the pair of front doors on the old house.
Color sells! We're not sure on behalf of which company, however.

Do the cards below tell a story? For whom?





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