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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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Dec 22

From Refuse to Recreation: Greene County's Pierce Park

Posted on December 22, 2015 at 8:24 AM by Elise Kelly

Doggie Playground
 Have you taken your dog for a walk at Pierce Park/Scout Dog Park lately? Did you know that a section of the park, located on Dayton-Xenia Avenue, was once a landfill?
 Pierce Park
Pierce Park - Photo part of Greene County Parks & Recreation Scrapbook 1972-1981.

pic of gravel pit
Xenia Daily Gazette, 1969 Newspaper clipping from Scrapbook 1972-1981.
  This area, which was originally a quarry, was in close proximity to the Children's Home and the Happy Times School for children with mental retardation.

Can you see the Children's Home in the background?
At some point, the area was purchased by the County. The County Commissioners leased the land to the County Park District. The Park District used the acreage as a gravel pit and a place to deposit brush. (If you look closely in the photograph above, you will see small piles of gravel).

In 1969, the County Commissioners wanted to re-use the land since the
Park District rarely employed the area. The Commissioners believed the land could be transformed into a landfill.

During the Christmas Week of 1969, the Commissioners and the Park District Board established an agreement (See Below).

     Greene County Commissioner Meeting Minutes, Vol. 53 P. 175

 Picture of filling in landfill
Scrapbook 1972-1981
According to the agreement, the Park District would lease the land to the County's Department of Sanitation - which would use the area to deposit the County's garbage. 
One stipulation in the agreement was that once the site was filled, the land would be returned to the park for expansion.

It took roughly five years to fill in the area. By the winter of 1975, the acreage was leased to the Greene County Parks & Recreation Department. Take a look at the land after it was filled in (See Below).

                                    Scrapbook 1972-1981
filled in

After the project's completion, Parks & Recreation planned and designed a 500 - 600 foot.... (See Below).
                                           Scrapbook 1972-1981

Do you remember trudging up this hill with your sled? Do you recall that feeling of great excitement as you whisked down this steep snow slope?

They also created hiking trails, picnic areas, shelters and restrooms. More recently, some of the area has been converted to a dog park. Dogs can run leash-free through open fields and a wooded hillside. This winter, as you unleash your dog at Scout Dog Park, remember, far below the surface, are layers of rubbish.

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: Many landfills have been converted to natural preserves. Mount Trashmore is a popular tourist attraction where?

Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question: Many courthouses throughout the country were destroyed by what natural occurrence? - Answer: Fire


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