The Ashtabula Bicentennial Clebration Logo was a
colaboration of the Ashtabula Bicentennial Celebration
After much discussion, it was decided the logo should
reflect Ashtabula City-Township and the surrounding
townships which were all a part of a single township at
one time. The log cabin at the center of the logo is the
Blakeslee Log Cabin on Seven Hills road in Plymouth
Township which was part of the original township at
The log cabin was built in 1810 by the John Blakeslee
flamily on their land which comprised of 840 acres at
the time. The Blakeslee Log Cabin is the oldest such home in its original form in the Western Reserve. The
log cabin represents the early settlers and their way of
life. Today, the log cabin is owned by the Ashtabula County Historical Society and was added to the Nation-
al Register of Historical Places in 1998. Jim Stevenson
is the curator for the Blakeslee Log Cabin and has invit-
ed the Ashtabula Bicentennial Committee to hold some
of its meeting at the cabin this summer.
The Ashtabula Lift Bridge opened Dec.7, 1925. It re-
placed the old swing bridge which was condemned after
only 35 years of service. The lift bridge or "bascule bridge" is the only bridge of its type left in Ohio.
The Twentieth Century Limited's locomotive, the Commodore was the pride of the New York Central Rail-
road. It was a new streamlined stainless steel locomo-
tive that was designed by former Ashtabulan, Carl F. Kantola. The Twentieth Century Limited was a series of
luxury, high speed passenger trains. On its maiden trip
in June of 1938, Wlliam O. Glass of Ashtabula was the
locomotive's engineer. A. M. Childs of Kingsville Town-
ship was in charge of the new style firing equipment on
the locomotive. The Commodore maintained speeds be-
tween 60 and 80 miles an hour to stay on schedule. On
its test run, the locomotive reached speeds up to 108 miles an hour. More Ashtabulans would work on the train, but would not be on the trains maiden trip.
The railroad has been an important part of Ashtabula
history for almost a 150 years. It seemed only fitting
that a locomotive be included in our logo.