Beam Hollow or Bean Hollow, according to George Crout, was a byproduct of the Great Depression of the 1930s. "The right-of-way of the abandoned Miami-Erie Canal through the county was appropriated in some sections by squatters who built temporary structures along its banks," said Crout in Bicentennial Briefs. "Both north and south of Middletown in Lemon Township, shantytowns grew up. Using tobacco box lumber and wood from piano boxes, small cabin-like buildings covered with tar paper were built. A big settlement just west of Excello was called Bean Hollow." The area -- which disappeared after World War II -- was originally called Beam Hollow, but became popularly known as Bean Hollow. Crout said Peck's Addition in Hamilton was a similar area.