Ohio Guide illustration of John Campbell house
@ Ohio History Connection
Ohio Federal Writers' Project
DescriptionJohn Campbell, of pig iron fame, established the city of Ironton and subsequently brought an economic boom to the area. He also aided in the escape of slaves to Canada on the Underground Railroad. Scorching marks behind the front door of the residence are alleged to be the product of a horrific accident. A Campbell daughter died of burn injury after a chandelier fell. In mourning, another daughter postponed her marriage for a year. From 1935 to 1942, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) through its Federal Writers' Project created The American Guide Series, which included forty-eight state guides, as well as supplemental guides for large cities, etc. The state guides are divided into three sections. In the first section are general essays about the state on things such as agriculture, culture, history, industry, religion, etc. The second section contains an overview of the various cities and towns around the state, as well as enumerating various points of interest. The last section is dedicated to various tours around the state.