The Books


book-smallOhio Road Trips
52 Trips—More Than 500 Fun & Unusual Getaway Ideas in Ohio

Format: Softcover, 272 pages, 5.3 x 8.5 inches
Illustrations: 81 black and white photographs
ISBN: 978-1-886228-95-5
Price: $13.95

Description
Discover the best and most unusual places to visit in all of Ohio. Longtime TV travel reporter Neil Zurcher has made a career of showing fellow Ohioans how to take delightful mini-vacations close to home. This book collects Neil’s all-time favorite Ohio getaway ideas, including . . .

– A museum dedicated entirely to popcorn.
– A historic village where you can ride an authentic replica canal boat.
– Factory tours, antique malls, flea markets, and other lively shopping destinations.
– Animal preserves featuring exotic varieties like bison, lions, rhinos, miniature donkeys . . .
– An Amish hardware store that sells all non-electric appliances.
– Mysterious prehistoric mounds and creepy caverns.
– Romantic country inns, historic hotels, cozy bed-and-breakfasts . . .
– More than 500 places in all!

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book-smOhio Oddities 2nd Edition
A Guide to the Curious Attractions of the Buckeye State

Format: Softcover, 216 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Illustrations: 122 black-and-white photographs
ISBN: 978-1-59851-047-8
Price: $14.95

Description
Ohio—a bland and ordinary Midwestern state, right? Ha! You must never get off the highway. The Buckeye State has no shortage of strange, silly, goofy, quirky, eccentric, and just plain weird people, places, and things—if you know where to look.

And no one has looked in more places for Ohio’s oddities than Neil Zurcher, the popular Fox8 TV travel reporter who makes his living on the road seeking out unusual destinations. This book collects the most remarkable things he’s found in and about the Buckeye State, including:

– Mysteries. Like the “bottomless” Blue Hole of Castalia and the amazing floating island.
– Big things. Like the World’s Largest . . . Crystal Ball . . . Gathering of Twins . . . Easter Basket . . . Cuckoo Clock . . .
– Peculiar claims to fame. Like the “Oldest concrete road in America,” the “World’s fastest pumpkin carver.”
– Strange collections. Like the Objects Swallowed by Citizens of Lima; the nation’s only vacuum cleaner museum; and the world’s largest collection of popcorn poppers and peanut roasters.
– Notable citizens. Like Balto the Wonder dog, cheesemaking firewalker Komar the Magnificent, and Buckeye Chuck, the weather rodent.
– And the just-hard-to-explain. Like the Wellington ATM shaped like a Victorian horse and buggy or Ohio’s strange attachment to the bathtub from the U.S.S. Maine.

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book-sm1Strange Tales from Ohio
True Stories of Remarkable People, Places, and Events in Ohio History

Format: Softcover, 232 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Illustrations: 80 black-and-white photographs
ISBN: 978-1-59851-048-5
Price: $14.95

Description
From the author of the popular offbeat travel guide Ohio Oddities, here are 75 equally odd tales of Ohio’s most remarkable people, places, and events.

Learn why residents of Blueball, Ohio, erected a monument to a pig. Discover the thrill of cow (yes, cow) racing in Geauga County. Witness the birth of the Inflatoplane (an inflatable airplane, of course) in Akron, and revisit Ohio’s last public whipping in, of all places, Millersburg in Amish Country. Commiserate with the Norwalk VFW over their ill-fated attempt to raise the largest flag in America. Find out if Ohio really was bombed by the Japanese in World War II. Read about the Slingshot Car . . . the Curse of Leatherlips . . . The world’s first recorded automobile accident . . . the oldest Revolutionary War veteran . . . Arnold Schwarzenegger’s tank . . . the man who invented disposable diapers . . .

A real treat for anyone who enjoys discovering the true wonders of the Buckeye State!

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9 Responses to The Books

  1. Kacy says:

    Where can I find the book Ohio Oddities 1st edition?

  2. Tony says:

    I met you at the expo center years ago and told you I have every one of your books from no 1

  3. cindy says:

    How do you get to the place in Cambridge that has the bologna sandwiches? We were there once a long time ago but can’t remember how to get there. Thanks

  4. Phyllis Pasterczyk says:

    A friend and I would like to do an overnight trip next week (weather permitting) and told me to think about where I’d like to go.
    After thinking all day about it, I thought of you and your wonderful segments on TV about one tank trips and thought I’d look on the internet. I’ll be going to the book store tomorrow for your Ohio Trips books. That sounds very interesting and helpful.
    Thank you.

  5. Angela Clark says:

    i remember seeing an episode of your One tank Trips where you were at a hotel that rooms decorated in different themes…I was wondering if you could tell me the name of the hotel and where it is located…even though i am pretty sure it is in Pennsylvania i am not 100% sure. Thank you very much

  6. Neil says:

    It is the Wildwood Inn, Florence, KY. See archives here for story and address.

  7. George Frost says:

    I flew gliders with Cleveland soaring for about 50 years and recently became an honorary member. Since my name is Frost and flew the towplane so much I became known as Frosty the Towman. I quit too soon and didn’t get a chance to meet you at Middlefield. I have wanted to ask you for a long time if some of your ancestors were from Zurich, Switzerland. Mine were from Basel.

  8. Neil says:

    Sorry I missed you. My ancestors came from a small town called Steffisburg in Switzerland. That was four generations ago.

  9. Neil:
    This is to suggest that you include The National Heisey Glass Museum in Newark, Ohio as one of your articles. This Museum has over 5,000 original Heisey pieces and a beautiful Museum. I would be pleased to furnish more information if desired

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