Dedicated to all the Z’s out there
So, I voyaged back to the HomeState a few weekends ago, via Big White Truck. Cruised through nine states. Took the time to check out a couple of towns on the way, Zanesville, Ohio, and Zionsville, Indiana.
Zanesville, Ohio, is notable as the birthplace of Zane Grey (he was a descendant of the city’s founder), chronicler of the Western United States. The Zane Grey Museum is located East of town. Unfortunately, I missed that. I checked out the little downtown. Very much traditional architecture, definitely some fun buildings. There were some cool antique stores, a garden store, a dance studio, and a few other shops in downtown. Definitely some life, definitely space for some new enterprises. Downtown Zanesville also includes the standard run of civic structures, including a traditional Town Hall, an interesting War Memorial, and the local library. The Library is mostly a modern structure, with the historic face incorporated into the current building. Overall, I found the downtown sizeable but walkable, with a lot of great parts and room for some new businesses and some new structures, not quite to the tipping point. Definitely a folksy, open, come on down and stretch your legs and see what we’re about kind of feel.
I stopped earlier than I planned that night, I was tired, and when I went to clean up in the bathroom, found that my eyes were glassy and the whites were bloodshot and had a kind of grayish purple tinge. Ew. Started to wonder if I was going to wake up a Zombie. Wrarrrrrrrugggghhh. As it turned out, I did not.
The next day I stopped at Zionsville, Ohio. Main Street Zionsville gives shape to the words like, “Quaint” and “Village” and “Hamlet.” It was absolutely gorgeous on a sunny Sunday afternoon. It seemed fitting that there was a Thomas Kinkade Gallery on the main drag because walking this town felt like some cross between stepping into a Thomas Kinkade painting and Our Town. It was so perfect, I was almost a little concerned I was messing up their town with my amateur trucker routine, but not really. Zionsville’s downtown has definite tapped into the retail/entertainment jugular of some very healthy market segment. It is a super cute town with tons of cool shopping and some restaurants, some awesome buildings and some nice parks. It is rather small and seems fairly well occupied at this point. Two heads up, most of the businesses are closed on Sundays, and the historic downtown is a far piece (like maybe a mile) off the freeway.
After that, it was zipping down the freeway towards my final destination. Another oasis of the Zee Nation. 🙂