Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Nelsonville in Athens County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Hocking Valley Coal Strike

1884-1885

 
 
The Hocking Valley Coal Strike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, October 17, 2010
1. The Hocking Valley Coal Strike Marker
Inscription. Side A:

Following a wage reduction from 70 to 60 cents per ton after many Hocking Valley coal mines consolidated in 1883, the Ohio Miners' Amalgamated Association struck on June 23, 1884. The operators responded by offering an even smaller tonnage rate and a requirement for returning miners to sign no-strike contracts. The strike idled three thousand miners in 46 mines at Nelsonville, Murray City, New Straitsville, Carbon Hill, Buchtel, Longstreth, and Shawnee.
(Continued on other side)


Side B:

(Continued from other side)
Syndicate mines precipitated violence by importing hundreds of immigrant strikebreakers and employing dozens of Pinkerton detectives as mine guards. A mine fire set at Syndicate #5 in New Straitsville still burned more than one hundred years later. Although the strike ended in March 1885 with no victory for the miners, the Ohio legislature ended the operators' practice of requiring miners to trade exclusively in company stores. Strike leader Chris Evans later became secretary of the American Federation of Labor and was a founder of the United Mine Workers of America.
 
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council, Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 6-5.)
The Hocking Valley Coal Strike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, October 17, 2010
2. The Hocking Valley Coal Strike Marker

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 27.638′ N, 82° 13.925′ W. Marker is in Nelsonville, Ohio, in Athens County. Marker is on Fort Street 0 miles south of East Washington Street, in the median. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16 Public Square, Nelsonville OH 45764, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. E. M. Poston (within shouting distance of this marker); Daniel Nelson (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans' Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Unknown Soldier Monument (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Street Cemetery (about 800 feet away); Hocking Valley Railway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hocking Canal Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); Camp Site of Lord Dunmore (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Nelsonville.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceLabor Unions
 
The Hocking Valley Coal Strike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, October 17, 2010
3. The Hocking Valley Coal Strike Marker
The marker stands in the middle of Nelsonville's Public Square, right in front of the historic Stuart Opera House.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,031 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Paid Advertisement