The Scioto River provided transportation and at the same time the site was between high limestone bluffs that would prevent flooding the farmland. Large quantities of clay, sand gravel and timber were nearby. These were important building materials. Clean drinking water was plentiful, supplied by at least seven natural springs. The woods were full of game. Tributaries of the Scioto River, what we now call Indian Run and Hayden Run, and several other smaller creeks and ditches provided natural drainage of the land.