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UW Election Eye 2012

Campaign 2012 through the eyes of UW faculty and students

April 21, 2012 at 3:34 PM

In Passing: Life in Lisbon, Ohio

"In Passing" posts capture shorter snapshots of places and people we encounter on the road. (Photos courtesy of Alex Stonehill, A.V. Crofts and Flickr Creative Commons/UW Election Eye)

When you drive off the beaten path, you never know what stories you will uncover. We stumbled on the town of Lisbon, OH and were charmed with what we found.

LISBON, Ohio — One of the many joys of a road trip is getting off the interstate and onto country roads. The opportunities for adventure and happy diversions are more numerous and more obvious. This trip is no different.

As I drove our zippy rental car down a road just over the Pennsylvania border in Ohio, I turned into a small town called Lisbon. The charming buildings and houses immediately caught my eye, so after consulting my fellow trippers, I pulled into a gravel lot just off the main street with potholes big enough to swallow a small child.

I climbed out of the car and had started snapping pictures when a man whose name I later learned is Jeffrey Dorrance, came out of the building and approached me, curious about who I was and what I was doing. When I explained this blog, Election Eye, and my role, he offered our group a tour through his building. It was a serendipitous road trip moment. One minute we’re driving along bound for Canton and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the next we’re getting a personalized tour of a building owned and operated through five generations.

I could go on and on about the experience: it was that special. But instead, I’m going to let you see for yourself. The following slideshow will introduce you to our time there and the history of little Lisbon, Ohio.

Thor Tolo contributed to this post: @thortolo

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