Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What's he doing with that boot, anyway?

Have you ever driven through Downtown Sandusky and noticed the little fella above – Sandusky's beloved Boy With the Boot – in the fountain in front of the Courthouse, and wondered what his story was?

Vintage postcard
Well, wonder no more. The Boy With the Boot is the subject of my article in the Spring edition of The Black Swamp Trader & Firelands Gazette. It's on the newsstands now – and its free!

The Boy With the Boot has been a part of the Sandusky community since July 1895. He's been through a lot – everything from the infamous 1924 tornado that leveled Downtown Lorain to various attacks, including a shocking 1991 beheading. But he's endured to become the very symbol of Sandusky.

You locals can pick up your copy of The Black Swamp Trader & Firelands Gazette at the Vermilion Farm Market, the Oberlin Public Library and the Sandusky Library.

If you can't get to any of those places and would really like a copy of the article now, let me know. I have some extra copies of the newspaper and would be happy to send you one. But more than likely I'll do a future post with much of the same content as my article.


Dorene from Ohio said...

Your article on the Boy with the Boot was fabulous!

Dan Brady said...

Thanks, Dorene! I'm glad you enjoyed it! I tried to be scrupulously accurate and careful in my research; hopefully the article ties up a few loose ends in the statue's history, especially the timeline from the late 1920's to the mid-1930s.

Anonymous said...

I would be interested in knowing more about the article that you wrote. I have a boy with the boot statue in my home town of Orkney Springs, VA. I visited Sandusky several years ago and plan to return with my parents this summer. Any additional information that you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Cheryl Delawder