How Terror Changed One Town's Imagination

Marietta, Ohio, is the kind of place where people send meat loaves to strangers who've had a death in the family. It's also a place where people hang signs on their porches that read, THIS HOME PROTECTED BY SHOTGUNS THREE NIGHTS A WEEK. WANT TO GUESS WHICH NIGHTS? Nestled at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers, Marietta is a pretty town that never quite made it to beautiful. Its long history, exhaustively documented on sidewalk plaques, features Indian burial grounds and gilded steamboats. It has one train museum and two drive-through beer stores, but only 14,500 people and not...

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