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Out of the Clock Tower

Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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Feb 03

Shoup's Station in Beavercreek

Posted on February 3, 2017 at 12:01 PM by Elise Kelly

One of the oldest and most historical townships in Greene County is Beavercreek Township. It was in Beavercreek that the early pioneers met in a log cabin to establish the county in 1803. fgyhfgh
1874 Greene County Atlas
All throughout the township, there were several schools, mills, churches and railroad stations.

Shoup’s station was located near the Shoup Family Farm and John Shantz’s mills just south of Zimmermanville or Zimmerman. (Zimmermanville was a closely settled neighborhood two miles northwest of Alpha). The station sat along the Dayton Xenia Railroad line.
                                             1874 Greene County Atlas

Today, the station would have been located along the Creekside Bike Trail near North Fairfield Road and the Little Beaver Creek. Below are some photographs of when the bike trail was being laid out.

       Laying out the Creekside Trail - Greene County Parks & Trails Collection

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                  Creekside Trail - Greene County Parks & Trails Collection

When the station was erected during the latter part of the nineteenth century, two railroad lines stopped at the station.
                           Levi Riddell's Records Vol. 1 Page 12

Having combed through several newspaper articles concerning the station, we found that in 1894, a railroad section hand was run down and injured by a D. & X. passenger train near Shoup’s station. The injured party was taken to Dayton on a train but died in the depot while the ambulance was en route.

In 1909, the Shoup family’s driving horse was stolen at Shoup’s station. The horse was recovered near Xenia the following day and was found wandering along the railroad tracks near Wilberforce Crossing.

                                Xenia Daily Gazette, Sept. 25, 1909

Shoup’s station later became a small community. However, over time, Shoup’s along with Zimmermanville and Trebeins Station have changed and are no longer around. Although these communities have vanished, we can still remember their rich history.

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: Who was Marcus Shoup of Greene County, Ohio?

Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question: What U.S. state has some of the most spectacular archaeological sites and artifacts in North America? Answer: Ohio!


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