Where it ran - I
Very little left of the older part of town that lies between the river and the main highway. Many blocks of streets, brick sidewalks, gigantic sycamores but no buildings, save two or three. I'm told this was the result of flooding about 10 or 15 years ago. The newer, higher part of town looks like a typical small village. If you look closely at the map, the trolley line shows as a typical railroad running down one of the town's streets. [Pop. 540. 30 businesses are shown, ranging from billiards to coal mines. The "estimated pecuniary strength" for most of then was below the $5,000 to $10,000 range.]
An aerial view of Racine taken during a flood in 2005. The second street from the left would have been where the car line was. Note the relative lack of buildings in this part of town. Downriver, or toward Pomeroy, is at the top of the picture.
|Waid Cross's general store goes way back, and was still there as of 2004. It's one of just a few buildings left standing in the lower part of town.|
Third Street, I think, in the dead of winter. Car track runs down the center of the street.
Again, not much here either. The car line appears to have cut along the river side of Syracuse then on to Minersville. [Pop 1256. Only eight enterprises, mostly foodstuffs, although there are listings for a chemical company and an oil supplier. Again, all mostly small firms.]
Greycliff Chemical Works, mid 1920s.
At the risk of repeating myself, another wide spot in the road. As with Syracuse, there's no sign of the coal mines, salt works, brick yards and mills that once prospered in the region. [Pop. 980. Three food purveyors are the only listings. The railroad maps, however, put the Pomeroy Salt Corp. there and in White Rock.]
Aerial view of Minersville, again taken in 2005. My guess is that the car line ran along the river side of the main road. Racine is to the right; Pomeroy to the left.
Ohio River Salt Co. somewhere near Pomeroy!
Although I've found references to White Rock, no one seems to know precisely how much of an actual town was there. It was just a tad upstream from Pomeroy, and the "White Rock" name may have come from salt mining being the prevalent industry in town. The trackmap and an overhead photo of that are on another page here. [No population listed! A department store and barge company seem to be the only commercial ventures.]