Congo, OH - (1891 - present coal mining & railroad town slowly abandoned over time)
Classification: semi - ghost town
Location: Monroe Township, Perry County - On Scenic Rd. SE (County Rd. 68)
Congo hit the map when the coal mining started & 40 houses were built for the employees. The ownership & management of the mines changed several times over the decades which seemed to keep the town from moving forward & growing at times. It never had a big population & has been getting smaller since the mines shut down in 1954. Congo had it's own post office from 1892 - 1959. There are some abandoned buildings, old foundations, & smaller remnants in the area.
Hatfield's Crossing, OH (Hatfield) - (early 1800's - 1903 grist & saw mill town destroyed by floods)
Classification: ghost town
Location: Monroe Township, Perry County - Along Sunday Creek under the bridge on SR 13 near the intersection of Township Highway 295
It was a large mill community named after the family of John Hatfield (1818 - 1920) & his wife Alice (Darnell) Hatfield (1821 - 1897) who settled the land a few miles south of Corning & had nine children. The town became a transportation hub with crossroads going in all directions. 295 was the old stagecoach road. There are reports that the foundation to one of the mills & a few buildings can be found in the area. Some residents stayed after the 1903 flood but everyone eventually left after flooding in later years. John Hatfield was buried in Dew Cemetery on Irish Ridge Rd. SE.
Rendville, OH - (1870's - 1980's coal mining & railroad town mostly abandoned during the Great Depression)
Classification: small town
Location: Monroe Township, Perry County - On Rt. 13. near the intersection of Valley St.
It's currently Ohio's smallest town with 36 residents in the 2010 census. Rendville was established by William P. Rend (1840 - 1915), a cival war veteran who later moved to Chicago & turned into a railroad, coal, & oil tycoon. Rend built whatever his employees needed including grocery stores, saloons, & hotels. The town had around 1,000 residents at it's peak in the 1880's. Rendville was hit hard by the Great Depression & has been losing residents since then. The town lost it's post office in the early 1980's. Many early settlers are buried in Rendville Cemetery at the end of Main St. off of Rt. 13.
Thanks to our group member Tammy Altman for providing the info on William P. Rend!
Shawnee, OH - (1872 - present coal mining & railroad town slowly abandoned over time)
Classification: semi - ghost town
Location: Salt Lick Township, Perry County - On Rt. 93 at the intersection of Rt. 155
It was the largest town in Perry County for decades but keeps getting smaller as more people move away & now has just a fraction of it's peak population which was 655 in the 2010 census. Main Street looks like a brick town from the late 1800's to early 1900's with only a few buildings still in operation. The majority of them are abandoned along with many other small business & homes in town due to the mining industry leaving the area & competition from the chain department stores in nearby towns.
Location: Coal Township, Perry County - On County Rd. 38 (Old Town Rd.) just north of New Straitsville
The "Bootleg Capital Of Ohio" & home to a mine fire that's been burning since 1884 set by the miners during a labor strike. Robinson's Cave is on Railroad Rd. off of Main Street on the south side of town where mining labor meetings were held. The Straitsville post office ran from 1848 - 1870. The present town of New Straitsville was built about a mile south of where the old town of Straitsville was. It's home to the yearly Ohio Moonshine Festival.