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
one time.
     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.