Thursday, April 10, 2014

I is for IRONTON, OH

by Kathy Cannon Wiechman

My novel LIKE A RIVER travels through several states, but it begins and ends in Lawrence County, Ohio. Why did I choose Lawrence County? Because that’s where Ironton is.

Ironton is where my father was born and grew up. I spent many summer days there when I was young, visiting with Grandma Cannon and aunts, uncles, and cousins. Going there for research gave me a chance to visit family.
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Ironton is a small town compared to Cincinnati (where I live), an Ohio River town with gently rolling hills. It’s a place where people know their neighbors—and care about them. It’s a place I feel comfortable.

As its name suggests, Ironton is an iron and steel town. During the Civil War (when my novel takes place), the foundry there produced mostly cannons for the war effort.
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Most of its residents favored the Union side—but many did not. After all, Kentucky is just across the river.
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Actually, three states edge together there. Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. (I remember from childhood that the TV stations in Ironton were broadcast from Huntington, WV.) Ironton is peppered with Southern flavor, from the accents of its people to its hospitality and charm. It was a flavor I wanted to capture in my book.

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like a town I would enjoy visiting and where everyone knows everyone.

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    1. They absolutely do! And everyone's business.

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  2. We visited nearby several years ago…found the area fascinating--so loaded with history! Look forward to reading your book!

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    1. Thanks, Carol. Just learned it will be in their Spring 2015 catalog.

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  3. I know where Ironton resides.
    Cool that you have family still living in town.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. There's nothing quite like family and roots.

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  4. I'm looking forward to "visiting" Ironton when I read your book.

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    1. Thanks, Ann. Only a few bits and pieces of it take place there, so it will be a short visit.

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