Muskingum and Perry Counties

Eastern Ohio was the land of giants among coal mining equipment. One of the most famous was the Big Muskie Bucyrus-Erie dragline. It was owned by Central Ohio Coal Company (a subsidiary of American Electric Power) and used at their large surface mine from 1969 until 1991. Despite valiant efforts to preserve it it has been scrapped except for the bucket of the dragline, shown here in its current state as a roadside tourist attraction. (Feb. 2007 image by author)

Postcard of the Big Muskie in its heyday. (1970's image courtesy of Bill Greene)


Coshocton and Muskingum Counties

Abandoned tipple in Jackson Twp. in Coshocton County. (Image courtesy of the Coshocton First Edition)

Another view of the abanoned tipple. (Photo courtesy of Coshocton First Edition)


Meigs and Gallia Counties (and northern Mason County, WV)

This is one of the oldest coalfields in Ohio, with mines dating back to the early 19th Century. However, little remains from the early days of mining in the Pomeroy Coalfield. Coal was still being shipped from area mines as late as the 1950s.

A portion of the Pomeroy Coalfield extends under the Ohio River into Mason County, West Virginia. Coal was mined there during the first half of the 20th Century. Then, after a lull of many years, mining resumed in the early 2000's.

A proud Pomeroy area coal miner. (Jan. 1942 image by John Vachon, FAS/OWI Collection, Library of Congress)

This river tipple on East Main Street in Pomeroy, along the Ohio River, was called "The last remnant of the old coal tipple built in the 1800's ... to support the thriving mining industry in Pomeroy..." by the local newspaper. It was demolished in 2004. (Circa 2004 Image courtesy of the Pomeroy Daily Sentinel)

Collapsed wooden tipple near Rock Springs, Ohio. (May 2008 image by author)

Ancient picture of the Pittsburgh Mining Company's river tipple at Minersville, Ohio. This coalfield was fortunate to be able to load coal right into Ohio River barges, cheaply shipping it's product up and down the river, especially to Cincinnati, which was an important coal market. However, this coalfield did have rail service by the Hocking Valley Railway (later the C&O Railway). (Coal Age image via Google Books)

One of the last coal mines in the area was the one operated by American Electric Power's subsidiary Southern Ohio Coal Co. It's coal was transported to a power plant across a fifteen mile overland conveyor, a portion of which is shown here. (Circa 2004 image by others)


Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull Counties

The Thompson Brothers Mining Company's tipple in southern Mahoning County. This is a house coal tipple dispensing coal in lump and egg, and probably nut and slack, sizes of coal. The mine itself is on the hill behind the tipple, with coal being surface mined by a dragline. The entire operation is about 15 minutes south of Youngstown. (Nov. 2009 image by author)

Beehive coke ovens near Leetonia, Ohio.(Image couresty of The Village of Leetonia)


Athens and Morgan Counties

This is a coalfield in Bern and Rome Townships in Athens County, and Homer and Marion Counties in Morgan County. The field has focused on the Pittsburgh No. 8 seam of coal, which flares out to an economically minable thickness here; has a higher ash and sulfur content than other Pittsburgh seam fields; and has a rating of approximately 12,000 btu/lb at this location. This is probably the western-most extent of Pittsburgh No. 8 seam mining, the deposits in Gallia County being almost untouched.

There have been several attempts to coke Ohio coals, and none of them have been very successful. Here is an example - abandoned coke ovens at Utley. There were orginally 125 of the ovens, and also 50 ovens at nearby Lathrop. (Circa 1908 Geological Survey of Ohio image via Google Books)


Ironton (Lawrence, Gallia, Jackson Counties)

Massillion Coalfield (Stark, Wayne, and Summit Counties)

Palmyra Coalfield (Stark and Portage Counties)

Meigs Creek Coalfield (Morgan and Washington Counties)