Cheshire, OH - (1820's - present farming & mining town partly abandoned in 2002 during a buyout by the Kyger Creek Power Plant)

Classification: semi - ghost town

Location: Cheshire Township, Gallia County - On Rt. 554 at the intersection of Rt. 7 near the Ohio River

Cheshire was settled in the early 1800's & became a town in the 1820's with a post office that started up in 1826. 27 lots were plotted for the town's growth & the first school was built in 1835. Farming was it's biggest resource for several decades as crops were floated on the Ohio River from Cheshire to as far as New Orleans. Coal was later discovered in the area & Cheshire got a train station on the Hocking Valley Railway. It also had a hotel, several stores, a church, flour mill, & a barrel factory.

In 1863, 2500 Confederates on horseback swept through the town during Morgan's Raid. The hotel & school dorm were used to house captured soldiers. Ohio River floods in 1913 & 1937 devastated Cheshire but the town survived both times. The James M. Gavin (Kyger Creek) Power Plant was built on the west side of Cheshire in 1975. Several old homes & businesses were demolished for it's construction. The residents of Cheshire were exposed soot raining down from the power plant smokestacks & some suffered unhealthy side effects.

Rather than face numerous lawsuits, the power plant proposed a buyout of the town in 2002 & offered the residents money to move out of Cheshire. Some moved & some stayed vowing that they would never leave no matter how much they were offered. More homes & businesses were demolished but In 2004 Cheshire annexed some property to the north & west in the hopes that the town will have a brighter future. The town's population was 132 as of the 2010 census. Cheshire still has several old buildings in the area. The town is worth taking a trip to & maybe learning a lesson from so history doesn't repeat itself elsewhere.

Glenn, OH - (early 1800's - 1930's farming & mill town abandoned over time)

Classification: ghost town

Location: Huntington Township, Gallia County - On Rt. 325 south of Vinton, OH

It was settled by a couple from Virginia in 1805 on the banks of Raccoon Creek. William Glenn (1763 - 1838) & Ann (Curry) Glenn (1768 - 1850) had 13 children & built the first church in 1829. William owned an ox ranch with Samuel R. Holcomb, who went on to lay out the town of Vinton. The Glenn's children grew up & continued to farm, cattle ranch, build mills, & employ other residents in the area. In the mid to late 1800's the family donated land for a train station on the Hocking Valley Railway. & the town had a post office from 1890 - 1933. The residents moved away when the railroad went out business. Glenn Cemetery is a half mile south of Vinton on Rt. 325. It's on the same gravel road as Holcomb Cemetery. 

Vinton, OH - (1832 - present farming, mill, & iron town partially abandoned over time)

Classification: small town

Location: Huntington Township, Gallia County - On Rt. 325 at the intersection of Rt. 160

Vinton was laid out in 1832 by General Samuel R. Holcomb, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives. It was named after an early settler in the area, Samuel Finley Vinton (the same man Vinton County is named after). The town quickly flourished & the first post office was established in 1835. Vinton became a target for Confederate soldiers who heavily ransacked it in 1863. The event became to be known as Morgan's Raid & is currently detailed by Ohio Historical Marker # 16-27.

The Columbus, Hocking Valley, & Toledo Railroad rolled through in 1880 & Vinton had a population & industry boom like most other railroad towns. Iron ore was their main source of income for a long time but the mines eventually stopped producing & the railroads left. Vinton has struggled to maintain it's citizens since then due to the lack of economic opportunities. It also had bad floods in 1937, 1968, & 1997 which was another reason why some people left. The population was at 324 in the 2000 census. Holcomb Cemetery is a half mile south of Vinton off of Rt. 325. It's on the same gravel road as Glenn Cemetery.

Gallia & Lawrence County - 1888 Ohio Map With Some Ghost Towns
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