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NEWARK, Ohio - The Hopewell Indians used sharp sticks and clamshells here 2,000 years ago to sculpture seven million cubic feet of dirt into a sprawling lunar observatory and the spiritual center of their far-flung empire.
Today it is an easy Par 3 flanked by sand traps shaped like kidney beans.
For generations, few thought it strange that golfers at the Moundbuilders Country Club whacked little white balls across ground once hallowed to an ancient community.
But now there is an eagerness among many people to see moonrises from the mounds the way the Indians did, a desire that has caused a conflict with the golf club.
The Newark Earthworks, which make up the world's largest ancient mound site, lingered in obscurity 30 miles east of Columbus until five years ago, when the country club announced plans for a new clubhouse. The design included a foundation that would have dug into the mounds.
By CHRISTOPHER MAAG
Published: November 28, 2005 The New York TImes
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Ohio Indian Mounds: Hallowed Ground and a Nice Par 3
The former Longaberger Basket Headquarters
Now empty and up for sale, 2018.
Derek Holland Pitcher
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This small factory town, in the middle of Ohio, along the banks of the Licking River has been in the national news, several times in the past few years, including the story below, about Moundbuilders
Inside the pages of this website the story of Newark, Ohio will be told. The legend of its early days as the beginning point for the Ohio-Erie Canal, to its location today as the headquarters of the Longaberger Basket Company (Now Defunct). This will not be a history of Newark, but rather a compilation of some it's most interesting adventures.
Making national news all over the world, including every TV news channel known to mankind, was the bar stool story. This concerned a local fellow, coming home from his favorite watering hole, driving his motorized bar stool... into a ditch.
Police: Drunk Man Crashed Motorized Bar Stool
And yes it is true, Newark is the birthplace of "Civil War Drummer Boy" Johnny Clem and yes, Wayne Newton attended the third grade here and played at the 1950's picnic grounds, called Hillbilly Park.