Apple, OH (mid 1800's - present farming town)

Classification: small town

Location: Salt Creek Township, Hocking County - Near the intersection of Lively Rd. & Pole Ridge Rd.

There isn't much info online about Apple & we suspect the reason is that quite simply nothing extraordinary good or bad has ever really happened there, but it seems to be a relatively peaceful place to live. It was named for the abundance of apple orchards in the area in the mid 1800's. A cemetery was established in the early 1850's on Pleasant Ridge Rd. north of the center of town & the Zion Church congregation organized in 1855 across the street.

The church building was constructed in the late 1850's. It's been closed for several years now. The town also had a grocery store in the 1870's on Andrew Poling's (1814 - 1887) farm, the future site of a post office, & was operated by one of his sons. Apple's population probably peaked in the 1880's with about 100 residents & the post office ran from 1891 - 1911. There's an abandoned house with a few outbuildings behind the church & a couple more in the woods around town.

Haydenville, OH (1852 - present mining & company store town, the last company town in Ohio)

Classification: small town

Location: Green Township, Hocking County - On Haydenville Rd. off of U.S. Route 33

Peter Hayden (1806 - 1888) was a business man from New York who had recently moved to Columbus. He immediately set out to build his fortune in Ohio with the booming industries of the mid 1800's. Peter founded the town of Haydenville in 1852 with big plans for it's future. He had an iron furnace moved from Hanging Rock, OH by canal to Haydenville in 1856. The Haydenville Railroad Tunnel was also built that same year & is said to be haunted by some of the workers that died during it's construction. It can be found on a trail that goes north out of the cemetery on Howard Rd.

The Hocking Canal provided easy access into town but when Haydenville got a train station on the Hocking Valley & Toledo Railroad, things began to move much faster. Peter Hayden also ran a foundry, bank, hardware store, & the company store. The station was built in 1903 & currently sits abandoned on the tracks near Wandling Rd. The townspeople built a Methodist Church & a post office in 1870, a school, & also built most of their own houses. Hiring an outside contractor rarely happened. Haydenville Mining & Manufacturing Co. was formed in 1882 engaging in brick & tile making. The town's other main sources of income were the iron furnace & nearby clay, iron, & coal mines. It was a nice town but a tough life as the people that lived there basically worked for the town, purchased what they could from the company store, & didn't get much more than that out of it. They also took a certain earned pride in that though, being part of a community that made the town their own.

Haydenville & it's industries were hit hard by the Great Depression. The railroad tunnel was abandoned in 1957 & the company went out of business in 1965 giving Haydenville the distinction of being Ohio's last company town. Haydenville's historic district was listed on the National Register Of Historic Places in 1973. Ohio Historical Marker #4 - 37 at 1635 Haydenville Rd. tells much of the town's story. Many of the early residents were buried in Haydenville Cemetery on Howard Rd.

Jobs, OH (Jobs Hollow) - (late 1800's - mid 1900's coal & railroad town abandoned over time)

Classification: ghost town

Location: Ward Township, Hocking County - On Jobs - New Pisttsburg Rd. off of Rt. 78 about a mile south of Murray City, OH

The town was named after William Job (1843 - 1931) who was one of the most prominent coal company operators in the Hocking Valley. It had several mines, a row of houses, & a post office from 1890 - 1924. The train station was on the Hocking Valley Railway. In May of 1882 the residents of Jobs broke the world record for mining coal in a single day with 4,888 tons in 243 cars. The mines were last operated by the Sunday Creek Coal Co. who recently sold the land to the state & it's now managed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. They're going to turn it into a state wildlife area. The Jobs Church & last standing house on Jobs - New Pittburg Rd. were demolished in 2013. Any remaining open mine entrances will be covered up too.

Thanks to group member Brett Taylor, manager of Ohio Hiking Trails & Historical Sites. on Facebook, for the lead & providing most of the historical info on Jobs, OH! We'd also like to thank one of our website fans, Tom Young from Zanesville, OH for updating us on the status of Jobs in October 2013.

Monday, OH (Monday Creek Station) - (1878 - present iron furnace & coal mining town with fewer residents than in the past)

Classification: small town

Location: Ward Township, Hocking County - On Carbon Hill Buchtel Rd. at the intersection of Cheeseman Rd.

In 1878 an iron furnace that was built in 1870 was moved from Columbus, OH & rebuilt near the banks of Monday Creek. It was named Lee Furnace & employed many local residents. In 1880 the Hocking Iron Co. purchased it & renamed it Monday Creek Furnace. Monday had a school, two churches, & a train station on the Hocking Valley Railway. The Monday post office ran from 1879 - 1914. It was originally called the Mawry post office, probably named after it's first postmaster, but that also changed in 1880. Monday had a population of around 400 in 1883. The location of the furnace is currently unknown.

Thanks to group member Brett Taylor, manager of Ohio Hiking Trails & Historical Sites. on Facebook, for the lead on Monday, OH!

Murray City, OH - (1873 - present coal mining & railroad town slowly abandoned over time)

Classification: small town

Location: Ward Township, Hocking County - On Rt. 78 where it meets Rt. 216

It was named after John Murray Brown (1839 - 1893), an early settler who bought up the land & laid out the town in 1873. He also built a hotel in 1875 for local workers but sold out his interests in the community a few years later to a larger coal company. Brown moved to Somerset, OH, then Columbus, & later Detroit, MI where he died & was buried in Woodmere Cemetery. 

Murray City was incorporated in 1891 & was once one of the largest coal towns in the U.S. with over 2,000 residents & a semi-pro football team in the 1920's, The Murray City Tigers, which is now in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame. The town continues to lose more residents since the mines shut down with a current population of around 450. The train depot has been converted into a museum. 

Thanks to group member Tammy Altman for providing the info on John Murray Brown!

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

Classification: small town

Location: Ward Township, Hocking County & Trimble Township, Athens County - Off of 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 group member 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!

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