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|Foster's Crossing to Morrow|
FOSTER'S CROSSINGS is on the left, and takes its name from the original resident here. It is simply a house, a bridge, and a station. The Miami river is here crossed by the Montgomery turnpike, from Cincinnati to Wilmington. The situation is a very pleasant one. There are hills on both sides,-the valley being here compressed within narrow limits. The bridge, a plain simple structure, conducts to the road which you see winding up the hills on the other side. The accompanying plate represents this scene. Just before you come to Foster's Crossings, you will notice on the left hand of the cars, as you come from Cincinnati, on the west bank of the river, a large mill and plain frame house. This was the residence of one of the real statesmen of our country Governor MORROW. He entered public life in 1802, and remained in the public service half a century; in which time, he never once lost the public confidence, nor ever failed in any part of his duty. He was a member of the State Convention to form the first Constitution; was twelve years a member of the House of Representatives in Congress; and most of the time, the only Representative of Ohio. He was six years in the United States Senate; four years Governor; and several years, towards the close of his life, President of the Little Miami Railroad Company. He was one of the earliest friends of this enterprize, and one of the few, who then saw the great superiority of this mode of locomotion, and its advantages to the country. The Duke of Saxe Weimar, after visiting him in 1825, described him as a faithful copy of an ancient Cincinnatus. "He was engaged on our arrival, in cutting a wagon pole; but immediately stopped his work on our arrival, to give us a hearty welcome."
It would be well for our Republic, if the race of Morrows could be continued; if, nurtured like the mighty oaks on the soil; warmed into vigor, by the open sun; freshened by the pure air; made hardy by labor and exposure; educated to the sentiment of religion, and the love of liberty, -- they could come as Morrow did -- with the strength of frame; the vigor of intellect. the honest heart; and the clear eyed spirit, to the great work of Legislation. Then we should have wholesome laws, justly administered; and all selfishness and intrigue and corruption would disappear, before a fearless Patriotism. Alas! why cannot we have another era of Washingtons, and Jays, and Morrows? But, we must neither linger nor sigh, by the grave of Patriots! The cars roll on. Time flies! It is the Present only we possess.
DEERFIELD STATION. -- A bridge is thrown over the river here, and the old town of Deerfield is seen on the opposite side of the river; but is now only a few scattered houses. We say old; for it was settled about 1797, by the Suttons, Kelly, &c. Now fifty years in Ohio, is as much as five centuries in some countries; a town which was settled fifty years ago, is looked upon as among our antiquities.
LEBANON is four miles from Deerfield, and this is the station for the Lebanon passengers to arrive at and depart from. Lebanon is the county seat Of Warren county, the west side of which we are now traversing. It is noted -- perhaps as much as any Other county town in the United States -- for its distinguished men. Among these, we may mention JOHN McLEAN, a representative in Congress, Postmaster General, and now Judge Of the Supreme Court, who commenced his career in Lebanon, as editor Of the Western Star. THOMAS CORWIN, Representative in Congress, Senator, and Secretary Of the Treasury, a distinguished orator, lawyer and statesman; whose father was one Of the first settlers of Lebanon. THOMAS R. ROSS, representative in Congress, also an able man. JOSHUA COLLETT, the first lawyer in the county, and afterwards Judge Of the Supreme Court; and Judge DUNLEVY. In fine, Lebanon and Warren county are rich in what Rome deemed her treasures - Patriots and Statesmen. Some, like MORROW, have gone to their rest; but it is hoped that the matrons of such a land, may yet be able to produce plants of so goodly a stock.
The census tells us, that Lebanon has 2,088 inhabitants. It is a pleasant retired country town.
MORROW is 36 miles from Cincinnati, and 28 from Xenia. Morrow is one of the Railroad creations. It had no existence whatever, when the Railway commenced business. Now, it is a thriving and quite a well built village, with, according to the census, 458 inhabitants-but many more now; for it has much improved in the last three years. Morrow is well situated, at the mouth of Todd's Fork of the Little Miami, which, rising on the plain of Clinton county, (east) becomes here a considerable stream. You cross it near by, on a handsome wooden bridge. But Morrow will become a much larger place; for it has another advantage. It is at the intersection with the Little Miami Railroad, of the Wilmington, Circleville, and Zanesville Railroad- one of the most important lines of Railway in the country.
THE CINCINNATI, WILMINGTON AND ZANESVILLE Railroad commences at Morrow, and passing Wilmington, the county seat of Clinton County, Circleville, the county seat of Pickaway county, Washington, county seat of Fayette, and Lancaster, the county seat of Fairfield, unites with the Central Ohio Railroad at Zanesville. It thus makes a most important central line of Railway; and including 36 miles of the Little Miami Railroad, and 81 miles of the Central, will unite Wheeling and Cincinnati with a line of about 250 miles in length; the shortest route which will connect those cities. At Wheeling, other lines will continue the route to Baltimore and Philadelphia.
The distance from Cincinnati to the principal points on the Cincinnati, Wilmington and Zanesville line, will be nearly as follows:
These are all important places, in rich counties, and there is hardly a route 'in the Western States, which promises so much local support from the productions of the soil.
A view of Morrow, coming from the East, is on the opposite page. The bridge in front is over Todd's Fork. The Miami is on the right.