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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 10

The Hairpin Turn in Greene County

Posted on February 10, 2017 at 11:20 AM by Elise Kelly

This week's blog was written by our intern, Erix Infante.
  For many drivers, the scenic route is not just a road to take during the fall or the beginning of spring, but is the road used every day to get back and forth from work.
Waynesville Road - south of Bellbrook
Greene County Map circa 1980s
Millennials of Greene County, may not remember a particular country road that had a hairpin turn in Beavercreek Township. Today this road has changed and part of it no longer exists. The older generations of Greene County may remember the hairpin turn at what is now the intersection of New Germany-Trebein and Trebein Roads.

This intersection is located near the border of Bath Township and Beavercreek Township. Its 90 degree turn had caused a fair amount of accidents. It could have been a dangerous curve during inclement weather.
                                        1940 Greene County Atlas

In order to resolve this issue, the road needed to be re-directed. In March 1994, the Xenia Daily Gazette posted the first Public Notice for the reconstruction, “Bid for Trebein Road at New Germany-Trebein Road Improvement.” All of the plans and specifications for the redirection were submitted by local construction companies to the Greene County Engineer. 

A local company was chosen to construct the new route. Trebein was shifted over and became a straight road. The former curve became a cul-de-sac which is now Howards Circle.
                                    Present-Day Greene County Map

Construction on Trebein Road was completed September 21, 1994.
                           Letter from the Greene County Engineer's Office

With this new road improvement, Greene County was presented with a safer, more effective intersection.
                New Germany-Trebein and Trebein Road Intersection

           Howards Circle - can you see how Trebein Road runs parallel to it?

                                Howards Circle ends with a cul-de-sac

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: What is the name of the housing development that is at the intersection of New Germany-Trebein and Trebein Roads?

Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question: Who was Marcus Shoup of Greene County, Ohio? - Answer: There were two Marcus Shoups in Greene County. The first Marcus Shoup was Greene County's Prosecuting Attorney from 1894-1900. He later served as the County's Probate Judge from 1902-1908. His son Marcus Wayne Shoup served as the Greene County's Prosecuting Attorney from 1937-1948.


Jon Teaford
February 14, 2017 at 4:04 PM
wolf ridge is the housing development

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