By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (January 31, 2022) – In Issue 2022-020 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we are talking Ohio in honor of the AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals headed to the Super Bowl LVI .


There wasn’t any obvious anniversary or event occurring on this day relating to the Cincinnati Bengals, so let’s just say, Who Dey!  Great season so far for the now AFC Champions, with one more game to go.

However, today’s post is about Zane Grey, author of many Western novels.  He was born 150 years ago today in Zanesville, Ohio, just about 40 miles from where Joe Burrow grew up in Athens.

Zanesville was named after Grey’s great-grandfather, who received land on the then frontier as a thank you for his service in the Revolutionary War.

According to one librarian, Zane Grey is likely the most published author from the Buckeye State.  He was President Eisenhower’s favorite Western writer.  His works also translated well to the silver screen: 112 films were adopted from Grey’s novels and stories.

Here is Johnson’s map of Ohio from 1864.

Map of Ohio – 1864 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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