Athens County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

Town Name Township & Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description

Alexander (Southtown)

Alexander Township

1825 - 1850

38.9856244 -83.579641

 exact location unknown, was 6 miles south of Athens

38.9856244 -83.5796411  This first settlement in the township had the nickname "Southtown" as it was the next populated area south of Athens. Unfortunately the early township records were lost in a fire around 1827.

Big Hocking (Hockingport)

Troy Township

1836 - 1837

 39.188080 -81.752083   on SR 124 at the junction of the Hocking River & Ohio River

Big Hocking is listed as a ghost town in several places online but it's only due to a name change. Hockingport was called Big Hocking from 1836 - 1839.

Bolens Mills (Bolins Mills)

Knox Township, Vinton County (was in Athens prior to 1850)

 39.233498 -82.291437   on Bolins Mill Rd north off US 50 along Raccoon Creek, Weaver Chapel & Cemetery on Weaver Church Rd

It was founded by William Bolen (1788 - 1849) & Susan Bolen (d. 1854). William built mills & was also a farmer. They were buried in Weaver Chapel (Bolins Mills) Cemetery. The family surname is spelled Bolin in some branches.

Brettland (Bretland) (Lick Run)

York Township

1875 - 1882

 39.452791 -82.277778   on SR 278 on the south side of the Hocking River & ran south along the Hocking County border, old road  paths can be seen on satellite maps

This coal mining town had a school, company store & a train station for the Lick Run Coal Works on the Lick Run Switch of the Columbus & Hocking Valley Railroad.


exact location unknown

The town was named after the Dean family in the area.


Canaan Township

 39.311616 -81.978089   on Canaanville Rd off US 50 between Buckley Run Rd & Mine Rd, no known remnants

Detroit was sort of a suburb of Canaanville & had a train station on the Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad built in 1875.


 York Township

1821 - 1823

 39.456951 -82.225953   on Poplar St in the east side of Nelsonville, no known remnants

The town was founded by George Courtauld (1767 - 1823) who was a wealthy silk & textile manufacturer from England. The land was purchased in 1818 & he persuaded some of his friends to move there. George operated a store & post office until his untimely death. Most of the residents moved back to England & the post office moved to Nelsonville.  


exact location unknown

It was named after the Ewing family in the area.

Floodwood Station

York Township

1871 - 1913


 39.414516 -82.198205   on Monk Rd between SR 691 & the Hocking River along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway, remains of the dam in the Hocking River, building foundations & loose bricks

The town started out with farming & mills then boomed when coal was discovered in the area. It had two iron furnaces, a train station on the Columbus, Hocking Valley, & Toledo Railroad, & several mines owned by Burton B. Sheffield who founded the Floodwood Coal Co. It was hit hard by the Great Flood Of 1913. New Floodwood across the Hocking River where the employees lived is still a populated town. 

Goose Run

Trimble Township

 39.493958 -82.151535   on Goose Run Rd east off SR 78, Bethel Ridge Cemetery off Goose Run Rd

Many of the residents worked in the mining industry & were buried in Bethel Ridge Cemetery. 


Canaan Township

 39.326592 -82.005669   on Harmony Rd west of S Canaan Rd, no known remnants   

The town was founded in 1836 by business tycoon Samuel B. Pruden (1798 - 1863) who built an oil mill, grist & saw mill, & a salt works.   


Ames Township

1880 - 1901

 39.416392 -82.052173   between Lafollette Rd &  Bryson Branch

Town proprietor Peter Hixon (1821 - 1902) moved to Ames Township from Pennsylvania at an early age. He was one of the biggest land owners in Athens County with over 800 acres & had much success in raising large numbers of stock on the fine grazing land. The family surname was sometimes spelled Hixson. Peter was buried with relatives in Hooper Ridge Cemetery on Hooper Ridge Rd.


Waterloo Township

1870 - 1877

 39.367708 -82.265328   on Hocking St off SR 56 between Mineral & Carbondale, newer residences in the area

Hocking lost it's status as a town but looks like it was never completely abandoned. It had a train station on the Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad. 


1861 - 1863

exact location unknown

It was named after the Horton family in the area.


Brown Township, Vinton County (was in Athens prior to 1850)

 39.311475 -82.300541   between Hope- Moonville Rd & King Hollow Trail on the former railroad path, foundations, mine shaft entrances, & mining tools

Founded by brothers William & J.M. Ingham, it was a coal mining town on the Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad. The mail went through Kings Station, another reason it's also listed in Athens.

Kings Station

Waterloo Township

1857 - 1892

 39.319952 -82.284626   at the intersection of Rockcamp Rd & King Hollow Trail at the former railroad crossing, Kings Hollow Tunnel east of the gps coordinates on the Moonville Rail Trail, wood buildings east off the railroad path & southwest of the gps coordinates

Kings Station was founded by Silas D. King (1840 - 1909) as a coal mining town with a train station on the Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad. The intact wood railroad tunnel was built in 1855 - '56 & is a rare sight to see in Ohio. Silas was buried in Elk Cemetery on N Market St (Rt 93) in McArthur.

Laurel Hill

York Township

 39.455024 -82.269586   between SR 278 & the Hocking River, old road paths can be seen on satellite maps, mine shafts in the section of land between SR 278 & Wolfe - Bennett Rd

Laurel Hill was a coal works town on the east side of Brettland with it's own mining industry. It had a company store & a train station on the Columbus & Hocking Valley Railroad. 

   Lyda    (Lydia)

Troy Township

1889 - 1904

 39.181137 -81.779916   on Lydia Rd along the border of Meigs County, old farms & houses in the area

Lyda was a tiny town. Residences & businesses stretched north up Township Highway 420 & Lyndon Rd. It's listed as Lyda in the 1901 Cram Atlas & a few other places online but might have really been spelled Lydia like the road name.


Trimble Township

 39.554563 -82.141226   on Johnson Run Rd (County Rd 68) at the intersection with Indian Run Rd, no known remnants

The town proprietor was an E. Marshall who owned a section of land southeast of the GPS coordinates. Many of the residents were buried in Walnut Grove (Maxwell) Cemetery & Beech Grove (Conn Church) Cemetery on Township Highway 435 in Monroe Township, Perry County. Both are listed on


Lee Township

1858 - 1865

exact location unknown



Trimble Township

exact location unknown, was west of Glouster


Mud Sock (Mudsock)

1821 - 1837

 39.396266 -81.963849   on SR 550 1/2 mile west of Amesville

It was founded by Colonel Silas Dean (1767- 1810), settled by members of the Ohio Land Company, & served as a stagecoach stop. Silas's nephew Colonel Nathan Dean Jr. (1788 - 1837) acquired some of the land after Silas died. Nathan was a brickmaker, freemason, businessman, & ran the general store & post office. Mudsock was abandoned shortly before Amesville sprang up.  

Mount Auburn

Trimble & Dover Township

 39.465107 -82.113985   on SR 685 at the intersection of Greens Run Rd, no known remnants

Mount Auburn was founded by Rev. Jonathan Perkins Weethee (1812 - 1899). He wrote a book in 1849 & built Weethee College in 1861, just a couple of his many accomplishments. Jonathan was buried in Nye Cemetery on Rt 13 in Chauncey. 

New Bern

Bern Township

 39.368458 -81.909943   on Felton Rd at the intersection with Brawley Rd, Wilson Chapel & Sand Rock Cemetery north of the GPS coordinates

New Bern was a farming town. Residents were buried in Sand Rock Cemetery.


exact location unknown


Rock Oak

1856 - 1871

exact location unknown



1866 - 1894

 39.381976 -82.144201   between LeMaster Rd & US 33, no known remnants 

Salina was a decent sized town that had a little bit of everything. Some residents were employed the salt works of M.M. Greene & Co. There was also a surface coal mine, shaft coal mine, grist mill, & a sawmill.


exact location unknown

Sparta was listed as a small village in the 1837 Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler's Guide.

Ohio ghost town Broadwell Athens County history travel abandonedBroadwell, OH - (mid 1800's - present farming & coal mining town abandoned over time)

Classification: semi - ghost town

Location: Bern Township, Athens County - Off of Rt. 329 at the intersection of Sand Rock Rd. & Broadwell St.

It was settled by Henry Broadwell (1809 - 1881) & Anne Eliza (Wainright) Broadwell (1813 - 1890) in the mid 1800's as a farming community. Their daughter Ann Eliza Broadwell (1846 - 1931) turned into a prominent landowner & donated some for a train station on the Federal Creek Railroad. Broadwell's main source of income was from local coal mines operated by The Federal Coal Co. Ann married Elijah Homer Bean (1843 - 1923) in 1866 & they later moved out west becoming one of the earliest known families to settle in South Dakota.

Broadwell had a school in the late 1800's, several general stores & churches, & a post office from 1893 - 1919. It lost a lot of residents after the coal mines shut down & has a neighborhood of abandoned buildings where the center of town was. There's newer residences in the area. Henry & Anne are buried with a few of their other children in South Cannan Baptist Church Cemetery in Athens.

Carbondale, OH (1867 - present mining & railroad town mostly abandoned over time)

Classification: small town

Location: Waterloo Township, Athens County - On Carbondale Rd. at the intersection of 10 Spot Rd.

The town of Carbondale was formed in 1867 as the McClintock & Smith Coal Works were built along with a train station on the Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad. It was named after the large amounts of coal in the area. Carbondale once had a bunch of businesses around town including a hotel, two general stores, a high school, gas station, oil wells, & a phone company. It also had a community baseball team that competed against teams from other towns in Ohio. Carbondale had a peak population of 1800 during WWI but is now down to around 100.

Most of the old buildings are gone now but some still remain abandoned & others are down to foundations among tree lined streets & mining roads. There's also several mine shaft entrances around the outskirts of town. In 1991 Peter Jennings did a week long series for ABC's World News Tonight from a front porch in Carbondale. The report was about poverty in America & the lack of economic opportunities in certain regions, a problem which created many of the ghost towns that we have researched.

Thanks to group member Brett Taylor, manager of Ohio Hiking Trails And Historical Sites. on Facebook for providing the info on Carbondale & Jack Hogg for prodding us to finally research the town! 

Floodwood Station, OH - (early 1800's - early 1900's farming, mill, & coal town, abandoned & moved across the Hocking River)

Classification: ghost town

Location: York Township, Athens County - On Monk Rd. on the east side of the Hocking River & along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

Floodwood Station started out as a farming & mill community in the early 1800's. One of the earliest settlers, the Mourn family, built a sawmill & a general store in the 1820's. When coal was discovered in the area in the mid 1800's the population began to boom.  It had about 50 houses & when 2 large iron furnaces were built in the area New Floodwood sprang up on the east side of the Hocking River & had over 600 houses in 1883. Burton B. Sheffield, who moved to Floodwood in 1836 from Rhode Island with his parents, ran the Floodwood Coal Co. & had several mines on 700 acres of land next to the banks of Floodwood Creek.  

New Floodwood is still in existence today on U.S. Rt. 33 but it's not nearly as large as it once was. Floodwood Station was totally abandoned in the early 1900's. Part of it's broken dam can be seen when the river is low. Some loose bricks & house & building foundations can also be found along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway from Floodwood Station & other nearby old towns like Glen Ebon & Salina.

Thanks to our group member Brett Taylor, manager of Ohio Hiking Trails & Historical Sites. on Facebook for providing the lead & some of the info on Floodwood!

Ohio ghost town Ingham Station Athens Vinton County history travelIngham, OH (Ingham Station) - (1856 - 1910's coal & railroad town abandoned when mines shut down)

Classification: ghost town

Location: Waterloo Township, Athens County & Brown Township, Vinton County - Southwest of Rockcamp Rd. where it meets King Hollow Trial & the railroad path at a Y intersection (same parking spot as King's Station in Athens County)

Ingham Station (sometimes just called Ingham) is the town between Moonville & King's Station on the same railroad line. It's about a mile hike taking the railroad path to the southwest at the Y intersection. The town was built on land owned by W. J. & J. M. Ingham. It had a school, general store, train station, coal tipple, & several residences scattered about the area along with a few buildings & structures for the mining industry. There's some foundations, mine shaft entrances, & other remnants along the hiking trails off of the railroad path. Ingham can be accessed from Moonville too but the hike is much longer. has a nice listing for Ingham with GPS coordinates for many of the buildings & mine shaft entrances.

Kings Station Ohio ghost town Athens County history travel abandoned

Kings Station, OH (King Hollow) - (1856 - 1910's coal mining & railroad town abandoned when mines shut down)

Classification: ghost town

Location : Waterloo Township, Athens County - On King Hollow Trail where it meets Rockcamp Rd. & the railroad path at a Y intersection

King's Station is northeast of Moonville & Ingham on the same railroad line & had the same fate in becoming a ghost town when coal mining production stopped. Taking the railroad path at the Y intersection of King Hollow Trail & Rock Camp Rd., Kings Station & it's impressive wooden railroad tunnel, built in 1855 is approximately 1/8 mile to the northeast.

The town was founded by Silas D. King (1840 - 1909) who owned the land & donated some for a train station on the Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad, which was later bought out by the B&O. Silas is buried in the Elk Cemetery on N Market St (Rt 93) in McArthur. Kings Station had a general store, row of wooden houses, a school, coal tipple, & a post office from 1857 - 1892.

There's a few buildings not far from the tunnel & near the old railroad path that have recently been brought to light by someone that lives in the area. Pictures of 3 wood buildings (at least one probably a house) were shown to Brett Taylor of Ohio Hiking Trails and Historical Sites. who confirmed their location as being in Kings Station.

Thanks to our group member Tammy Altman for providing the info on Silas D. King!

Mt. Nebo, OH - (1852 - 1858 spiritualist & farming town abandoned for unknown reasons)

Classification: ghost town

Location: Dover Township, Athens County - On the top of the hill at the intersection of Mill Creek Rd. & Sand Ridge Rd.

It was settled by Jonathon & Abigail Koons in the early 1850's. Jonathon was an atheist & skeptic who supposedly turned into a spiritualist after attending a few local seances. He began claiming to have psychic abilities as well as Abigail & their oldest son Naham. They built a one room log cabin behind their house that they called the spirit room & held their own seances. It was later considered to be one of the most paranormal sites in the world & had visitors from around the globe.

The Koons family abruptly left in 1858 without an explanation, possibly due to ridicule from local residents that didn't believe the family had any special powers so to speak. There's no known remnants of the Koons farm & the land currently appears to be on private property.

Orbiston, OH - (1877 - mid 1950's iron furnace & coal town abandoned over time)

Classification: ghost town

Location: Trimble Township, Athens County & Ward Township, Hocking County - On Rt. 78 near the intersection of York Rd. 

Orbiston grew quickly in it's early days after the Ogden Furnace was built in 1877 by the Ogden Iron Company. Most of the local residents mined coal & iron for furnace production & some had jobs on the Hocking Valley Railway that ran through town. The furnace was sold a few times over the years & was eventually owned by the Hocking Iron Co. who changed the name from Ogden to Helen Furnace.

Orbiston had a population of about 500 is 1883, a post office that ran from 1877 - 1924, & a school that existed until sometime around 1930. It's unknown if there's anything left of the furnace but we suspect that at least the foundation is probably still visible, along with some foundations from other buildings, & maybe a few mine shaft entrances. Some of the residents were buried in Bethel Ridge Cemetery (Athens County). From Orbiston, just north of where the town was, make a right turn onto Goose Run Rd. & take the first right onto a small gravel road. 

Thanks to Brett Taylor, manager of Ohio Hiking Trails & Historical Sites. on Facebook & his sister Debby Taylor for providing some of the info & the lead on Orbiston!

Truetown, OH - (1800 - present pioneer town currently considered to be in Millfield)

Location: Dover Township, Athens County - On County Rd. 93 at the intersection of Truetown Rd.

Classification: small town

The town is named after Josiah True (1776 - 1855) & his wife Almira (Tuttle) True (1788 - 1853), the first settlers in the area. Josiah was a fur trader, orchard planter, a veteran of the War of 1812, & the first justice of the peace in Dover Township from 1815 - 1851. The Trues were highly respected members of the community.

There's still residents in Truetown but the closest post office is in Millfield. Josiah & Almira were buried in True Cemetery. Kidwell Covered Bridge & the cemetery are the only remnants left from the original town. The bridge was built in 1880 on Monserat Rd. spanning Sunday Creek. It has been restored & is open to traffic. 

Athens & Meigs County - 1888 Ohio Map With Some Ghost Towns

Athens County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1875 - Athens County Atlas

1905 - Athens County Atlas

1869 - History Of Athens County Ohio


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