Mill Creek Park was established in 1891 by Volney Rogers, a Youngstown attorney. It is the second largest metropolitian park in the United States.
The Parapet Bridge, constructed in 1913, is located on the east side of Lake Glacier in Mill Creek Park. Architect and landscape designer Julius Schweinfurth created this striking masterpiece of massive upright boulders and a graceful arch. From the four viewing platforms, visitors can look east to Spring Brook Ravine and west to Lake Glacier.
You will be running under the bridge and to your left,with Lake Glacier on your right.
A blurry pic of the approach to the infamous Love Log.
After the Love Log, a little run on the rest of the Monkey Trails, up Rainbow Hill, back into woods, across Pinball Ridge and down to the road.
Hop across the road and back next to the water, heading for the Covered Bridge and Lanterman's Mill.
At the end of the 18th century the land surrounding a beautiful, natural waterfall, now known as Lanterman's Falls, belonged to John Young, founder of Youngstown.
The first mill was built of logs from the site. Millstones were cut from granite boulders found in the area of what is now Fifth Avenue at Rayen Avenue. This mill operated from 1799 to 1822.
In 1823 the original mill was replaced by a second mill. Built by Eli Baldwin, this frame structure served only as a gristmill. Baldwin's mill operated until 1843 when a flood washed it away. A grinding stone from this mill can still be seen resting in the creekbed 500 feet downstream of the Falls.
The current frame structure was built in 1845-46 by German Lanterman and his brother-in-law Samuel Kimberly. German and his wife Sally Ann owned a large tract of land around the Falls. Lanterman's Mill was the third mill constructed at the Falls and was used solely as a gristmill.
Lanterman's Mill was restored over a three year period, from 1982 to 1985.
You will then cross the Covered Bridge, where the Aid Station will be set up.
The Suspension Bridge, located on Valley Drive, was erected in 1895 and spans Mill Creek connecting the east and west sides of the park. Following the wishes of Volney Rogers to create fanciful park entrances, Charles Fowler of the Youngstown Bridge Company designed the structure.
Pioneer Pavilion, is one of the oldest structures in Youngstown, Ohio. Constructed in 1821, this sandstone building served as a mill for carding and fulling wool. The building was later used as a storeroom for the nearby Mill Creek Furnace, then remodeled for party use in 1893. In 1894, the woolen mill was officially named Pioneer Pavilion to honor its pioneer history.
The flagpole is a new addition at Pioneer Pavilion, dedicated 2011 to Gary L Nilsson.
This would be the view as you come out of the woods and make the left turn back down the drive to the Start/Finish Line at the Log Cabin.