Mt Vernon, OH – May 2017 – Ariel Foundation Park

The small city of Mt Vernon, Ohio was the home of the largest plate glass factory in the world until 1979 when PPG closed it. Sitting dormant for 30 years it has recently been recreated as a park, with industrial ruins and sculptures as the features.

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The centerpiece is the 280′ high former smokestack, now an observation deck with 244 open steel stairs leading to the 140′ level.

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From the top you get an excellent view of the park, and the town.

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The grounds have been graded to numerous terraces to add to the aesthetics.

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For those who have a problem with heights (me) the stairs can freak you out!

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Back on terrafirma, you can tour the various sculptures including river of glass, which is made up of millions of small clear glass pieces, along with the larger blue ones.

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The Coxley Building Ruins

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