Near Zaleski in Vinton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Life in Zaleski
Although a small village today, Zaleski was once was [sic] a booming town of 1,500 people. With 15 saloons, seven general stores, three churches, two doctors, two newspapers, a schol, a Masonic lodge, two brickyards and a flour mill, it was the largest and most prosperous community in Vinton County during the height of the Hope Furnace. But life for most workers of the Hope Furnace was anything but prosperous. Most furnace employees lived in Hope, a company town of about 500 residents that sprung up around the furnace. Like many company towns of the era, the furnace provided housing and paid workers with script from the company store. Company store merchandise was overpriced and the script was worthless in other stores. While the ironmaster, storekeeper and company secretary lived well, most iron workers lived in small, dirt-floored log houses. The town of Hope was abandoned when Hope Furnace closed in 1874.
Erected 2005 by Make A Difference Day Ohio and Others.
Location. 39° 19.927′ N, 82° 20.423′ W. Marker is near Zaleski, Ohio, in Vinton County. Touch for map. Marker is adjacent to Hope Furnace, in the Zaleski State Forest, about 200 feet north of the state forest backpack trail parking lot on Ohio
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. From Forest to Furnace (here, next to this marker); The Hanging Rock Blast Furnace (here, next to this marker); The Furnace Legacy (here, next to this marker); The Hanging Rock Iron Region (here, next to this marker); Hope Furnace (here, next to this marker); Lockheed T33 Shooting Star (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Cox Covered Bridge (approx. 6.8 miles away); Vinton County Civil War Memorial (approx. 9½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Zaleski.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 732 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 16, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.