Nelsonville in Athens County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Hocking Valley Coal Strike
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.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council, Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 6-5.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Labor Unions. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1885.
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16 Public Square, Nelsonville OH 45764, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); Nelsonville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hocking Canal Site (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nelsonville.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2010, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,555 times since then and 109 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 18, 2010, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.