Day 6 - Spencerville

I hiked 17 miles today to Spencerville. The route today was entirely on the canal tow path and will filled with lots of canal artifacts and history.

Just north of SR-219 is Lock 8 North. It is probably my favorite canal lock. It has not been restored and is in pretty good shape. It is a forgotten majestic relic in the middle of farm country.

In St Marys while in Memorial Park I was approached by well dressed gentleman. His name is Kraig Noble and he is the law director for the city. He asked lots of questions about my journey. Then he took me across the street to the offices of the local newspaper, the St Marys Leader. They took a photo of me and asked a few questions. Look in the Saturday paper. There may be a photo of me.

While leaving St Marys I was stopped twice by city workers. Both asked "are you Tom Rammel's cousin?". My cousin works for the city and told them to be on the look out for me.

I found a catfish laying in the trail. He was still alive. With a quick flick of my hiking pole he was back in the water. He swam away. I have no idea how he got on the trail. The bank was three feet high and steep.

The Buckeye Trail passes Bloody Bridge. The marker at Bloody Bridge reads:

During the canal years of the 1850s a rivalry grew between Bill Jones and Jack Billings for the love of Minnie Warren. There became hatred by Bill because Minnie chose Jack. On a fall night in 1854, returning from a party, Minnie and Jack were surprised on the bridge by Bill, armed with an axe. With one swing, Bill severed Jack's head. Seeing this, Minnie screamed and fell into a watery grave. Bill disappeared, and when a skeleton was found years later in a nearby well, people asked was it suicide or justice?

Some say the bridge is haunted. One legend tells of a headless man who can sometimes be seen on the bridge at night. Another says that sometimes when you look off the bridge into the dark water, you can see Minnie Warren’s face looking back. I was glad I was not there at night!

Just beyond Bloody Bridge is the stone aqueduct over Six Mile Creek. The canal had to cross many creeks and rivers along its journey. Aqueducts were built to elevate the canal over the body of water. It is still in remarkably good shape.

Around 3:30pm I rollled in Spencerville. My cousin arrived a few minutes later and took me back to St Marys for the night.