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Franklinton-An Historical Address

Franklinton-An Historical Address.        59








A few rods from where we are assembled to-day the waters

of the Olentangy unite with those of the Scioto, and together flow

down to the Ohio, thence to the Mississippi, and so onward to a

gulf of the Atlantic ocean. Southwardly from the place where the

two streams meet, there was, at the time to which we propose to

refer, a broad, handsome stretch of valley land, where good crops

of corn would follow even rude cultivation, where the wild grape,

plum and paw-paw could be gathered in their season, and whence

it was an easy matter to make forays to the higher lands in quest

of such beasts and birds as prefer not to live in close proximity

to man, whether he be tame or wild. This suggests, in brief, the

field about us as our fathers saw it, but not the incidents, marvel-

ous and otherwise, connected with it.

At a time when our ancestors were living in thatched huts on

the Rhine, the Thames, the Shannon, or the Tweed, and when

even London was an inconsiderable collection of rude houses, a

people far advanced in certain lines of civilization established a

town near the junction of the Scioto and Olentangy, and built

temples and places of sepulture, and worshiped God in a fashion

somewhat different from our own, but not greatly dissimilar to

that of the old Britons who met for devotional services at Stone-


The Scioto was then a great thoroughfare; its banks dotted

with homes and populous villages. That was a thousand - may

be three thousand - years ago, and yet the beautiful temple

mounds, and mounds of sepulture, which this prehistoric people

left behind them - some almost within an arrow's flight from

where we stand - have for centuries defied the ravages of time,

and now bid fair to continue to exist when the decaying edifices

of ancient Greece and Rome shall have finally moldered into dust

and forever disappeared.

When and why this people left the Scioto valley, and to what