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Thanks to a donation of scrap wood strips from Dave Mitchell of Paxton Lumber, the FLMSP Reforestation Team will have a supply of stakes for newly planted trees for several years. Rick Forrester reports that the 12-foot-long bale of strips was loaded onto a rented trailer at the store with two forklifts, and then Paul Morgan accompanied him on an "exciting" ride back to Rick's home in Maineville. "The bale was 3000 pounds, and trying to wiggle left and right and go up and down hills just after it had rained was an experience. Luckily, my 4-wheel drive off-road Silverado V-8 was up to the task and we unloaded the bale on my driveway."
Then Rick began cutting the wood strips into stakes. "After 2 hours, I had 125 stakes and was only one tenth of the way through the pile!" He is soliciting volunteer help to cut the rest of the stakes. It's enterprising volunteers like Rick Forrester who help the Friends stretch every penny to care for the trail.

Peters Cartridge to Get Historical Marker
by Janet Slater - photo by Google

A local historical landmark that has puzzled trail users for decades is about to be recognized with an Ohio State Historical Marker. 

The Peters Cartridge Company, next to the trail at Grandin Road in Kings Mills, was known at the turn of the 20th century as "the most complete ammunition factory in the world." At its height 100 years ago, it employed 3,000 workers and operated around the clock to supply ammunition for the United States and its allies in World War I. Its top-quality ammunition was also used in World War II and by hunters and exhibition shooters like Annie Oakley. The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
Incorporated in 1887, the company was successful in large part because of the creative genius of founder Gershom Peters, a Baptist minister who held at least 35 patents and invented the world's first fully automatic cartridge-loading machine. . . Read More

"Thank you, Volunteers!"

photo by Mike Egan

Dave and Darlene, who have been enjoying the Trail for many years, told FLMSP volunteer photographer Mike Egan, "This is the best the Trail has ever looked!"

Drees Homes Remedies Runoff Problem

Recently Drees Homes furnished a team of several workers to correct a drainage problem on the trail resulting from the construction of their Miami Bluffs Heritage subdivision on the riverbank above. The Friends contacted Drees when they found that after a rain, runoff was washing mud and debris onto the trail surface between Kings Mills and Fosters. 

On August 3, Steve Franxman of Drees brought 3 workers with a mini power shovel, a dump truck, various weed-eaters and chainsaws and set them to work for most of the day. The team measured drainage ditch slopes, removed high spots, and channeled the creek flow to the nearest downhill culvert. Berms were created with the excavated soil.

Thank you, Drees, for being a good and responsible trail neighbor! Thanks also goes to Don Hahn of FLMSP for facilitating communication of the problem.

Market to Market Relay: Volunteers Needed
Help the Friends of the Little Miami State Park earn $450-$500 by serving at the FLMSP-run exchange point during the Market to Market Relay! We need 10 volunteers on Saturday, September 10, from 9:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Corwin.

Responsibilities include:
  • Directing the vehicles that transport the runners to the parking lot
  • Being a crossing guard where the trail intersects roads
  • Sitting by a split-time box, where the teams can get split information
The Market to MarketŪ Relay Ohio covers 76 miles over 19 stages on a beautiful and varied course from Cincinnati to Dayton. Teams of 6, 7 or 8 runners hop in a van, run, rest and repeat. The course follows the Little Miami Scenic Trail, paved streets, back roads and urban trails through a wild and scenic slice of southwestern Ohio. This is a fun event for runners and workers alike!

To volunteer, send an email to, or respond to this newsletter.

Friends of the Little Miami State Park is a nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation and enhancement of the Little Miami State Park. We assist the Ohio Department of Natural Resources with development planning, capital improvements, and safety concerns, as well as providing most of the maintenance of the park. 
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Events on Our Trail
Little Miami Half Marathon 
Sunday, August 14
This race begins and ends at Phegley Park in Morrow. Runners will be on the trail between Morrow and Grandin Road in the morning only.

Support Local History

Gershom Moore Peters, 1843-1919

Your support is needed to erect the Ohio Historical Marker beside the trail at the Peters Cartridge factory. (See article on Peters at left.)

Your contribution can honor a family member who worked at the factory or who served in either World War I or World War II, when Peters ammunition was used, or simply show your support and appreciation for our local history. All donors will be recognized in the printed bulletin at the marker dedication ceremony on June 4, 2017; names of those honored will also be included. 

Checks earmarked "Peters Cartridge Marker" should be made out to the Warren County Foundation and sent to the foundation at 118 E. Main Street, Lebanon, Ohio 45036. 

All donations are tax deductible.

New Volunteer
George Kindstedt
"We have a wonderful trail in the Little Miami State Park that is used by many, many people. Unfortunately the State does not have the resources to take care of the trail the way we all would like to have it maintained. The trail is supported by numerous enthusiastic volunteers, but more are needed. I am a new volunteer and enjoyed my first work session. You don't have to commit a large amount of time. Volunteer and help! You'll feel good about giving some of your time to this worthwhile cause!"
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Can you identify this railroad artifact found recently near our trail? Send an email to, or simply respond to this newsletter.

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Friday, August 26, 2016
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