Tuesday morning dawned drier than the day before and a bit warmer. Model T’s were puttering around the motel parking lot as I got the ’15 ready for the day. We checked the oil and water, filled up with gas, looked it over real well, loaded up and we were off!
The name comes from a Lenape (Delaware) village established in the 1760s by chief Netawatwees also known as Newcomer. The town was used as a meeting place for the Iroquois Great Council, and English and French traders called it Newcomer’s town. By 1771 it was a thriving place, mostly inhabited by the Lenape tribe but also there were a few English and French settlers. The Temperance museum sign showed the event (above) but the museum itself was closed.
Roscoe was founded in 1816 on the theory that farmers would rather bring their wheat crops to a town on that side of the bank rather than pay the nearby ferry operator 15 cents (at the time a day’s wages) to take the ferry to Coshocton. Pretty soon the Ohio branch of the Erie canal was built and it came to Roscoe, not Coshocton. The first canal boat, the Monticello, landed at Roscoe on August 21, 1830. Above is a photo of the now unused lock near Roscoe on the Erie canal. The canal was surpassed by rail roads in the 1860’s but both continued to operate. In 1913 Roscoe was nearly wiped off the map by severe flooding in the “Great Flood of 1913”.
We decided to have lunch at the Warehouse Steak and Stein in Roscoe. Thank goodness I ordered the “small” fish and chips.