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By William Fischer, Jr., November 2, 2008
Marker Photo of Big Muskie in Action
Ohio (Morgan County), Bristol — Big Muskie
In the early 1960s, increased production was needed to meet rising demand for coal by Muskingum River Power Plant. The increased mining capability was achieved with Big Muskie, a Bucyrus-Erie 4250-W dragline. Huge by any standards, the 4250-W was . . . — Map (db m13597) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Bristol — 10-58 — Miner's Memorial Park
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 . . . — Map (db m13595) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Bristol — Ronald V. Crews Memorial Park
Named in honor of Ronald V. Crews, Mine General Superintendent of Central Ohio Coal Company, whose knowledge, dedication and friendship meant so much to so many. Dedicated July 1972 Rededicated 2001 “To Honor All The Miners” -R. . . . — Map (db m13599) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Chesterhill — 15-58 — Quaker Meeting House
Despite the fugitive slave laws that prohibited harboring runaway slaves, fugitives found refuge in the Quaker village of Chesterfield, now Chesterhill. Legend tells that no runaway slaves were ever captured here, although many were hidden and . . . — Map (db m16718) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Malta — 20-58 — General Otho French Strahl, CSA
Born in 1832, Otho French Strahl grew up in Malta Township, Morgan County, Ohio. After attending Ohio Wesleyan University and teaching in a schoolhouse that stood on this site, he moved to Tennessee, becoming a successful attorney and landowner. . . . — Map (db m122405) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Malta — Goins Field
Dedicated May 30, 1989 in memory of Chester “Chet” Goins for over 20 years of unselfish dedication that he gave to the youth of Morgan County. — Map (db m13373) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Malta — J. Frank Demster Memorial Park
Malta Village Mayor January 1, 1976 to July 19, 1988 Malta Village Clerk-Treasurer November 1, 1973 to December 31, 1975 — Map (db m13514) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Malta — Joseph Bailey / Jeremiah Rusk — Civil War 1861 - 1865
(Front): Joseph Bailey U.S. Major General Born: 1825, Penn Township, Morgan County Awarded the “Thanks of Congress” citation Jeremiah Rusk U.S. Brigadier General Born: 1830, Deerfield Township, Morgan County W.I.A. . . . — Map (db m13515) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Malta — Malta Veterans Memorial
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Ohio (Morgan County), Malta — 18-58 — Maple Grove Farm
Rufus P. Stone, grandson of General Rufus Putnum, settled on this 1,000 acre farm and built a wooden farmhouse here in 1818. In 1855, John E. Thomas purchased the original farmhouse and 600 acres from the heirs of Rufus P. Stone. Thomas enlarged . . . — Map (db m122124) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Malta — 1-58 — Morgan County Dungeon
Prisoners convicted of rioting, larceny and adultery in Morgan County between 1833 and 1839 were confined to a dungeon near the Court House in McConnelsville. This stone vault, 11 feet high, 5 feet wide and 12 feet long, was discovered in 1964 and . . . — Map (db m13388) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Malta — Otho French Strahl
(Front): Confederate Brigadier General War Between the States, 1861-1865 Born: 1832, Homer Township, Reached maturity in Malta Township, Morgan County K.I.A. November 30, 1864 Battle of Franklin, Tennessee (Rear): Placed by: The . . . — Map (db m13516) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Malta — 17-58 — Rock Hollow School
Rock Hollow School was originally built in 1877 in a wooded ravine two miles south of Ringgold, Union Township, and housed classes for fifty-seven years. The first class was held in November 1877, with John D. Davis of Ringgold teaching. Grades one . . . — Map (db m13389) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Malta — Stewart "Stu" Stevens
In loving memory of Stewart “Stu” Stevens. Dedicated on Oct. 3, 1997 for his love and outstanding dedication to the youth of Morgan County and the Chet Goins Ball Park. Stu unselfishly dedicated 20 years to coaching, maintaining the . . . — Map (db m13377) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Malta — This Boulder — Gettysburg Boulder
This boulder from the Battlefield of Gettysburg presented to Phil H. Sheridan Post No 328 G.A.R. by Thomas Henry Simpson 1923 — Map (db m13517) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), McConnelsville — Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients — State of Ohio, Morgan County
United States of America Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients State of Ohio Morgan County Civil War Private Musician John T. Patterson Winchester, VA 1863 Private Elbridge Robinson Winchester, VA 1863 Private Jasper N. North Vicksburg, . . . — Map (db m13453) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), McConnelsville — 14-58 — Evelyn True Button House
This brick, Federal-style house was built in 1836. Helen Moore, the grand daughter of General Robert McConnel, officer during the War of 1812 and founder of McConnelsville, married Dr. Hiram L. True and made their home here. Dr. True practiced . . . — Map (db m13392) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), McConnelsville — 13-58 — First McConnelsville Christmas Tree
This former Universalist Church, which held a strong conviction for education and the pursuit of knowledge, was built in 1852 at a cost of $3,500. In 1865, its members decorated the first Christmas tree to be placed in a church in McConnelsville. . . . — Map (db m13401) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), McConnelsville — 16-58 — First Presbyterian Church
Many early settlers of Morgan County were of Scot-Irish heritage and brought the Presbyterian faith with them. From this group Reverend John Hunt and twelve charter members organized the first congregation in McConnelsville and Malta in 1824 and . . . — Map (db m13427) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), McConnelsville — 12-58 — Frances Dana Gage / Mount Airy Mansion
Frances Dana Gage One of Ohio's earliest proponents of women's rights, Frances Dana Gage (1808-1884) was born in Marietta and married McConnelsville attorney James L. Gage in 1829. She immersed herself in the major social issues of the day - . . . — Map (db m13403) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), McConnelsville — 8-58 — Howard Chandler Christy — 1872-1952
A prominent early 20th century illustrator and artist, Howard Chandler Christy was born on a farm in Morgan Township. He first gained notice as an illustrator during the Spanish-American War, but achieved lasting fame for his trademark . . . — Map (db m13411) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), McConnelsville — 6-58 — Lelia Morris & Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church
Many well-known hymns, including “Sweeter As the Years Go By,” “Nearer, Still Nearer,” and “Let Jesus Come Into Your Heart,” were composed in this church by its organist, Mrs. Lelia Morris (1862-1929). Her songs . . . — Map (db m13412) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), McConnelsville — Malta & McConnelsville Fire Department 50th Anniversary — 1930-1980
Dedicated in memory of all deceased members of the M & M Fire Dept. — Map (db m13594) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), McConnelsville — McConnelsville Persian Gulf War Memorial
For those who served in the Persian Gulf War. [Marker Reverse]: Dedicated to all men and women of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm with honor and glory for those who bravely served to keep our country a land of freedom . . . — Map (db m13461) WM
Ohio (Morgan County), McConnelsville — McConnelsville World War I Memorial
1917-1918 In commemoration of the boys who served their country so faithfully and well in the World War. — Map (db m13455) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), McConnelsville — 9-58 — Morgan County
Morgan County was created in 1817 from parts of Washington, Muskingum, and Guernsey counties, with McConnelsville established as the seat of government. The first courthouse, a square brick structure, was built here in 1820. Its foundation stones . . . — Map (db m13426) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), McConnelsville — Purple Heart Memorial — Combat Wounded Veterans
Dedicated to all men and women wounded in all our wars. Military Order of the Purple Heart, 1782/1932. “My stone is red for the blood they shed. The medal I bear is my country's way to show they care. If I could be seen by . . . — Map (db m13469) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), McConnelsville — The Carlos M. Riecker Complex
In honor of Judge Carlos M. Riecker 1897-1990 Through his benevolence, Morgan Countians have a greater appreciation for learning, for government, for history and for service to community. — Map (db m13470) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), McConnelsville — 3-58 — Two River Towns: McConnelsville and Malta
McConnelsville and Malta are two towns that prospered because of the locks and dams built on the Muskingum River from 1836 to 1841. Settlers came to both towns in 1817. In the 1820s and 1830s, flatboats carried grain, lumber, and livestock down the . . . — Map (db m16716) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), McConnelsville — Windlass or Crab Winch
The earliest North American mechanism used to open miter gates on steamboat locks were muscle powered, geared winches (windlass, crabs), which quickly replaced balance beams when lock widths exceeded about 25 feet. This 3,360 pound windlass . . . — Map (db m16717) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Rokeby Lock — Morgan Raiders
This tablet erected by E. D. Shafer on the farm of W. L. McElhiney marks the place where the Morgan Raiders crossed the Muskingum River July 23, 1863 — Map (db m13386) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Rokeby Lock — 4-58 — Morgan's Raid
In July 1863, Confederate General John H. Morgan led a force of 2,000 cavalrymen across southern Ohio. Morgan's force entered Ohio from Indiana on July 13. A chase ensued as Union cavalry pursued Morgan's men across twenty Ohio counties. Most of . . . — Map (db m13383) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Rokeby Lock — Muskingum River Navigation System — National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark
The Muskingum River Improvement, started in 1837, played a key role in economic development of the Greater Ohio River Valley as one of the nation's first complete slackwater navigation systems for steam-powered vessels, and survives as the most . . . — Map (db m13382) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Stockport — 11-58 — Big Bottom Massacre
Following the American Revolution, the new Federal government, in need of operating funds, sold millions of acres of western lands to land companies. One such company, the Ohio Company of Associates, brought settlement to Marietta in 1788. Two years . . . — Map (db m16713) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Stockport — 2-58 — Brick Church and Cemetery
The Windsor Township Baptist Association was organized January in 1818 by Elder William Davis with 35 members who met in homes, barns and schoolhouses. At the death of the six-year-old granddaughter of Samuel and Tabitha Davis Henery, this plot . . . — Map (db m123328) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Stockport — 7-58 — The Stockport Mill
The Stockport Mill, the third on this site since 1842, was built in 1906 by the Dover brothers. Using a pair of 40-inch Leffel turbines, it harnessed water power for both milling and generating electricity for the town. Known for its Gold Bond, Seal . . . — Map (db m16714) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Stockport — 5-58 — Two Riverboat Pilots — One of Many Points of Interest on the Muskingum River Parkway
In the heyday of steamboating on the Muskingum, many people made their livelihood on the river. Jane McMillan, known as Old Jane, was one of the few women reported to have piloted boats on the river. In the 1840s she was co-owner of the . . . — Map (db m80494) HM
Ohio (Morgan County), Stockport — 19- 58 — Underground Railroad — / Underground Railroad in Morgan County
Front Text : "Underground Railroad" Some of the main Ohio Underground Railroad lines that fugitive slaves used on their way from the Ohio River toward Canada and freedom followed the Muskingum River. These lines, however, were not easy. . . . — Map (db m80328) HM

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