There's an ice cream parlor in Franklinton that has stood vacant for years; it looks frozen in time. Lisa Ragland first saw the building in the early aughts. When she drove by almost 10 years later, she was "shocked that it was still there." So she took a photo of it.
There's an ice cream parlor in Franklinton that has stood vacant for years; it looks frozen in time. Lisa Ragland first saw the building in the early aughts. When she drove by almost 10 years later, she was "shocked that it was still there."
So she took a photo of it.
At a Clintonville residence, an elephant made out of pink Christmas lights is placed in the yard each spring.
A fan of the tradition, she snapped a photo.
While at a concert at Outland, Ragland recognized a stone insignia hanging on the wall behind the bar as a piece of rubble from the old Ohio Penitentiary.
Ragland has years' worth of photos like these and an insatiable appetite for trivia-style stories. She has started mixing the two on a Tumblr account called "I
The blog roll is addictive, with little-known facts about the city's landmarks and stories about stuff that "flies under the radar," said Ragland, a graphic designer by day. Some posts are poignant, others fun.
Its variety has kept the site's fans coming.
Ragland will call herself a hopeless realist, a daydreamer, a person who craves knowledge, but never an expert. To her, finding things like the tiny metal robot stuck in the pavement on Gay Street is just a way to celebrate her life.
"I suppose I romanticize my surroundings as a coping mechanism," she said, "but at the end of the day it's just more fun to live that way."
It's also her way of celebrating the town she's lived in since 1997, when she came to CCAD to study illustration. It snagged her heart, and she's never left.
"I think there's a surge in this city happening right now of people who are very proud to be here," Ragland said. "It's infectious."
Ragland's curious nature comes from a childhood of family vacations that skipped the theme parks and headed to historical landmarks and overlooked locales.
"I'm no stranger to the value of history, art, preservation," Ragland said, "and, well, the equal fascination with the downtrodden and forgotten,"
Starting something like "I