Ohio - Ironton


The view from the former Route 75 tunnel east of town looks out over the 1908 Lawrence County Courthouse, 1892 St. Lawrence O'Toole Catholic Church, and 1893 First United Methodist Church. That gives you an idea of the golden age of Ironton.

Coming into town from the south, the 1926 Selby Shoe Company building is on the east side of 3rd Street at Ellison Avenue. Don't expect to find shoes there.

I find it unfortunate that I'm captioning this name in 2020, but the Ro-Na Theatre opened in 1950 and has been restored (with blinky lights) as a cultural center.

Two more churches for you, the First Presbyterian Church (really the first, in 1857), and the 1897 Christ Episcopal Church.

The (modern - 1972) jail is just west of the Episcopal Church on 5th Street.

Built in 1905, #202 Park Avenue now serves as low-income housing.

Up onto the new Ironton-Russell Bridge, I get another high-up perspective of the courthouse and an interesting Victorian-era mansion.

Enough stalling, here I am on the Park Avenue (east) side of the courthouse. A model of an iron furnace was erected at the corner, with a plaque commemorating the Hanging Rock Iron Region.

Architectural courthouse details, top to bottom.

I'll close on the old Norfolk and Western Railway depot on Campbell Avenue (now Bobby Bare Boulevard, named after a local country music singer and not a stripper), framed by the old Ironton-Russell Bridge in the first photo. The bridge is gone, but the depot remains (as Austyn's, a caterer and also not a stripper).

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