"3/8/1848 - Birth of LaMarcus A. Thompson (1848-1919), the first to actually patent and build a roller-coaster, the Switchback Railway, in 1884. Thompson was born in Jersey, Ohio, about fifteen miles Northeast of Columbus."
I was wondering if you can visit his birthplace or house if it's on the national register or anything like that. Anyone ever been or tried to find it? Is there any kind of marker or memorial in Thompson's hometown?
I doubt that it is marked, and I wonder how you'd go about finding the spot. I've thought about going to the Licking County offices in Newark to see if I could learn anything, but I've never made that trip. I wonder how you would get a property map from 1848, and furthermore, I wonder how prevalent the name "Thompson" was at the time...
If it really means that much to you, you could try to do deed research at the county courthouse. But if you wanted to find his birthplace, you'd need to know his father's name, since he'd be the owner of the house... if they owned the house. They could have rented, or lived with the wife's relatives or something.
If it really really means that much to you, you could try reseraching the 1840 and 1850 censuses. I know people doing census research, but nothing near that far back, so I don't know what the records back then would be like.
No roLLocOASt he's not Jefferson...but why not commemorate the man who is arguably the most important figure (along with WED) in the history of the amusement world? Ehh I guess some people just don't get it.
By the way, Jersey, OH is on Mapquest. I just live way too far away to go digging around there in my free time.
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Because then you'd have to go and place the birthplace of anyone who ever invented something important on the national register. You're forgetting that there's a world outside of roller coasters, and for most people, roller coasters are *not* that big of a deal!
Let's see, Ohio has a celebrity eyeglass museum, a dental museum, a monument to the first concrete pavement un the U.S., an entire tourist industry built around a "Y"-shaped bridge, and many many other weird little historical and human interest sites that probably only a handful of people care about. Other states are the same. Recognizing the inventor of the roller coaster isn't any more or less weird or obscure than anything else.
Don: Jersey does exist, but it is more of a township than an actual village. It's kind of between Columbus and New Albany, and seems to be centered along Morse Rd. Several businesses along Morse Rd. and Dublin-Granville Rd. in that area indicate that they are the "Jersey"...whatever. It's essentially Southwest Licking County.
Man, I can't wait until my boy is old enough to take on a cross country trip ala Vacation. The only difference is that we'd be driving FROM California. And yes, I'd drag him to the Y bridge (after we saw the world's largest ball of twine of course.)