See Ohio First

During the Great Depression, the Federal Writers Project compiled The Ohio Guide to chronicle the state’s history and geography.  To boost tourism — and thus reinvigorate local economies – The Ohio Guide introduced motorists to some great travel opportunities with driving tours criss-crossing the state.   The New Ohio Guide presents updated versions of those tours, and along the way you’ll be able to rediscover the rich heritage and natural beauty that has long made Ohio a great place to visit.

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Use the links provided below to explore the New Ohio Guide Tours
*Some tours are still in production, check back soon for updates!

Tour
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1

Bicycles, Bi-Planes, and Moon Landings:
Ohio’s Aviation History

Ohio Guide Tour 22
Along Old US 25 (I-75) between Wapakoneta and Dayton.

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2

Paths to Freedom:
The Underground Railroad in Ohio

Ohio Guide Tours 3c, 9b, 14c (Routes 50, 52, 62)
Heading east from Cincinnati to follow the scenic Ohio River and trace the boundary of freedom.

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3

Art & Utility:
Ohio Glass and Pottery

Ohio Guide Tours 8, 10 (using Routes 7 and 22)
East Liverpool to Zanesville.

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4

Industrial Ohio:
Steel and Rubber

Ohio Guide Tour 4
Along old US 422

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5

Zane’s Trace:
A Road into the Wilderness

Ohio Guide Tour 10
Zanesville to Circleville, on Route 22, through Somerset and Putnam

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6

Defending a Young Nation:
The War of 1812

Ohio Guide Tour 17
Old US 24 from the Michigan border to Fort Meigs and Fort Defiance

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7

Land of Cross-Tipped Churches

Ohio Guide Tours 20a and 22
Visiting Fort Loramie and St. Marys, along State Routes 29 and 66.

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8

Natural Ohio:
Lake and Woods

Ohio Guide Tour 2a
State Route 2 from Sandusky to Archbold

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9

Minerals, Mining, and Reclamation

Ohio Guide Tour 20
Lured by Ohio’s wealth of natural resources, companies and towns sprouted up along Route 33.

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10

A City of Neighborhoods:
Ethnic Enclaves in Cleveland

Ohio Guide Tour 1
State Route 20 along the streets of Cleveland.

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11

Where North Meets South:
Marion to Chillicothe

Ohio Guide Tour 21
Along US Route 23

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