Barnesville in Belmont County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Watt Car and Wheel Company
Joseph Watt and son James H. started a small foundry in 1862 making plow points, window sash weights, and heating stoves. Later, brothers Stewart, Ross, and John W. joined and the name became J.H. Watt and Brothers. Securing a patent for a self-oiling mine car wheel, the business expanded to this 27-acre site. In 1891, Ohio gubernatorial candidate, and later U.S. president, William McKinley, dedicated the buildings. By 1901, over 135 were employed by Watt Mining Car Wheel Company producing mine and rail cars for U.S. and foreign markets. The Watt Car and Wheel Company was sold in 1966 to German interests and closed in 1996, ending an era of employment for generations of local people.
Erected 2003 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Watt Center for History and the Arts, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 19-9.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 39° 59.463′ N, 81° 10.235′ W. Marker is in Barnesville, Ohio, in Belmont County. Marker is on Watt Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Marker is at the Watt Center for History and the Arts. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 511 Watt Avenue, Barnesville OH 43713, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Roby Cigar Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Village Bell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Barnesville War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); September 11, 2001 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Barnesville Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Governor Wilson Shannon 1802-1877 / Barnesville’s Shannon Family (approx. 0.3 miles away); B&O Railroad Tunnel (approx. 0.4 miles away); VFW Post 2792 Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barnesville.
Also see . . .
1. Watt Car and Wheel Company Complex. (Submitted on January 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Self-Oiling Car Wheel Patent. (Submitted on January 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,473 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 22, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.