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Bristol in Morgan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Miner's Memorial Park

 
 
Miner's Memorial Park Marker (side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 2, 2008
1. Miner's Memorial Park Marker (side A)
Inscription.
Side A:

Agriculture dominated the economy of southeastern Ohio's Morgan County until the 1940s when harvests dwindled, the population declined, and land values dropped. Surface mining the area's rich underground coal deposits replaced agriculture as the major industry and revitalized the declining local economy. As the nation's demand for electricity grew over the next half-century, so did the demand for coal as fuel for nearby power generation plants. During mining's heyday in the 1960s to the late 1980s, American Electric Power's former Central Ohio Coal Company subsidiary employed nearly 1,000 people. Nearby communities-such as Cumberland, Caldwell and Chandlersville-thrived. As time passed, however, the robust coal industry was hit hard by environmental regulations that reduced the market for the area's high-sulfur coal. In turn, mine work forces shrank considerably and local businesses closed.
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Side B:
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While the future of southeastern Ohio's coal industry may be unknown, there is no doubt about the legacy the industry left behind in ReCreation Land. Mined and reclaimed by Central Ohio Coal, ReCreation Land is a 30,000-acre wooded wonderland and an outstanding example of environmental stewardship.
Miner's Memorial Park Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 2, 2008
2. Miner's Memorial Park Marker (Side B)
AEP began reclaiming lands it mined in the early 1940s-long before laws requiring reclamation were passed. ReCreation Land not only captures the area's surface mining history, it is an outdoor recreational area that features campsites and stocked lakes and ponds. Miner's Memorial Park is AEP's tribute to the area's mining industry and the men and women who dedicated their lives to that industry. Because of the long-term economic effects and the lasting legacy left behind by this industry, it is fitting that ReCreation Land is recognized for its historical significance to the coal industry and to southeastern Ohio.
 
Erected 2002 by Women in Mining - Ohio Chapter and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 10-58.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 41.95′ N, 81° 43.812′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Ohio, in Morgan County. Marker is on Ohio Route 78 7 miles east of McConnelsville, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: McConnelsville OH 43756, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Big Muskie (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ronald V. Crews Memorial Park
Miner's Memorial Park and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 2, 2008
3. Miner's Memorial Park and Marker
Big Muskie Bucket in background right.
(about 300 feet away); Howard Chandler Christy (approx. 7.2 miles away); McConnelsville Persian Gulf War Memorial (approx. 7.2 miles away); Lelia Morris & Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 7.2 miles away); McConnelsville World War I Memorial (approx. 7.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 7.3 miles away); Two River Towns: McConnelsville and Malta (approx. 7.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bristol.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyEnvironmentIndustry & CommerceLabor UnionsMan-Made FeaturesNatural Resources
 
Miner's Memorial Park Parksite Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 2, 2008
4. Miner's Memorial Park Parksite Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,536 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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