On August 17 we returned. Reminiscent and nostalgic, we found Oxford greatly changed, and Miami University undergoing a substantial transformation. But still, the old town held the same sights, the same feel of those many years ago.
First stop, Wild Berry on High Street, Oxford (Tom center)
Tom's checking out posters at Wild Berry - back to the 1960's
Tom at Jimmy Johns, a sub place on High Street, Oxford
One of my reasons for going - the 8" veggie subs are incredible
Here's a close-up look at the subs
Storefront - Jimmy Johns - Oxford
Tom rented this apartment while a student at Miami University
Tom's a botany major; I'm just interested in anything natural.
These are maturing buckeyes (Aesculus glabra), Ohio's state tree
McGuffy Hall - Miami University
Statue of William Holmes McGuffy outside McGuffy Hall - Miami University
Armstrong Student Center - Miami University
Inside view, Armstrong Student Center - Miami University
Shriver Center - Miami University
"Fruiting body" on a magnolia outside the Shriver Center
Tamarack tree (Laricina) and fruit (perhaps not?)
Center for Performing Arts - Miami University
Stanton Hall - residence hall on the south quad
Named for Robert Livingston Stanton, Miami's 6th president (1866-1871)
Tom roomed here while at Miami
Tom's looking into his old room at the rear of Stanton Hall
Sculpture near Miami's Sports Center
Wide angle view of the pool inside Miami's Sports Center
We were there on a Sunday afternoon and no one was using the pool.
It was open, though. This new facility is a vast improvement over what I remember
WMUB - 88.5 - Oxford
Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) - as pretty an oak as nature has built
Kumpler Chappel - completed 1918 - Western College Campus
No longer used for regular services but many a Miami grad has been married here
Cheerleading flags practice on the Western Campus
Pully Tower - Miami University - installed 2001
At the intersection of Oxford Trenton Road and S Patterson Avenue
Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) in full bloom near Upham Hall - Miami University
Tom and I rest a moment in the tunnel beneath Upham Hall
Many of my classes were held in this building when I attended classes in Oxford in 1970 and 1971
The Miami University Seal - center campus
Beta Bell Tower - Miami University - completed 1941
King Library - Miami University - opened 1973 (two years after I graduated)
Downtown Oxford (looking west from Brick (High) Street & Campus Avenue
Inside DuBois Books in Oxford
DuBois Books carries every sort of Miami apparel
Looking west along High Street - downtown Oxford
Tom's checking out the assigned textbooks by Miami professors
Follette's Miami Co-Op Bookstore on High Street
Downtown Oxford looking west
We left Farmersville for Oxford just after 11 am and didn't return home until about 5:30 pm. We stopped at Hueston Woods on the way back and found the beach nearly deserted. What happened? There is no longer a lifeguard on duty and there's no bathhouse. It seems a shadow of its former self. I'm glad we didn't plan to swim.
Finally, we stopped at Captain 9's in Germantown for supper. We shared a 10" veggie pizza ("No green olives," said Tom) and then drove home. We visited with Mom for a while, took one lap in Sam's lane and called it a day.
And a memorable and fun day it was.