16 July 2009

Pueblo Street

My son has been interested in fossils, and we have been taking treks to the Mt. Auburn hillside to dig for fossils. Here is some of what we have found:

Street sign in the woods:

Auditor's map of the area:

Here is the area on Google Maps.

hillside sliding onto sidewalk down on Boal:

driveway/street from Young to two Pueblo houses:

hidden house:

wooded view of city:

Young Street steps, looking down:

The Mt Auburn Pool, which is actually one of the better city pools. Solid pool buildings, deep end with diving boards, good quiet site on a bus route. Also, just found out they are open late Mon-Thursday! We may be going here next year:

at the top of the steps, looking up Young Street. The pool is to the left, TV station is to the right and God's Bible School is straight ahead:

Old stone wall in the woods:

remains of an old house foundation:

Plants growing out of the wall. I plan on figuring out this species:

backyards built into the hillside:

found fossil:


VisuaLingual said...

Wow, that's practically a backwoods adventure in the heart of the city!

Cincinnati NAMjA said...

I would suggest the poket park on the top of Boal Street. I bet there are some good finds there.

CityKin said...

yeah, I'm still trying to figure out which level has the best fossils. Seems like higher up is better but I'm not so sure.

CityKin said...

and it does seem that the bigger more interesting fossils like in the photo are in a softer shale-like rock that breaks easier. The harder rocks that the foundations are made of are almost 100% scallop shells and corals.

5chw4r7z said...

When we went to the Loveland Castle and then down to the river there to throw stones, almost every piece of limestone we picked up had a small fossil in it.
Pretty cool.

Anonymous said...

It's a bit of a trek for you, but you might want to check out the Trammel Fossil Park in Sharonville (directions listed in the link below). It's basically just what was left over when Mr. Trammel tore down most of a hill to make a little industrial park -- a steep hill of exposed rock at the end of a road.

What makes this park interesting is that there are signs on the hill showing where each different geological era begins, so you know if you get a fossil from next to the sign (the park signage makes it clear you are allowed to take samples home), how old the fossil is. The different eras vary a bit in color, so you can really see how many zillion years each foot or so represents.

There are port-a-potties and a waterfountain, but there is no shade, so don't go in the middle of a hot, sunny day, it can feel pretty brutal.

Added bonus: you won't be too far from the Root Beer Stand and its frosty mugs of homemade root beer (limited sandwich menu and small playground in back).


Blue Ash Mom

CityKin said...

^I've heard about that. Definitely want to try it.

dew said...

The plant creeping from the wall is a sedum, but I'm not sure what variety. There are hundreds of creeping sedum like this, and I believe this one flowers with a delicate, light yellow flower. Not a native, but definitely a good plant - very vigorous, but not too invasive.