Hammel,

also known as  Blue Shin

Where:

East side of the Little Miami River at Strout Road

Fun Facts:

  • Why Blue Shin?  One story is that when wading across the river, the water was so cold it turned shins blue; another story was that the hill was so steep that people would slip going up the hill in the winter so much that their shins turned blue​.

  • It was laid out in 1844 (around the time that the railroad was constructed).

  • The town consisted of a few farming families.

  • At one point it had a school which lasted until the 1890's.

  • The town had a long woodshed to supply the railroad.  Property owned by the Little Miami Rail Road Co. can be seen on the map below.

  • There was a siding for freight cars to load local livestock and grain.

1875 Map



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