Alexander (Southtown) – Alexander Township
Post Office: 1825 – 1850
Location: unknown, was 6 miles south of Athens
Description: 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
Post Office: 1836 – 1837
Location: 39.188080 -81.752083
on SR 124 at the junction of the Hocking River & Ohio River
Description: 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)
Location: 39.233498 -82.291437
on Bolins Mill Rd north off US 50 along Raccoon Creek
Remnants: Weaver Chapel & Cemetery on Weaver Church Rd
Description: 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
Post Office: 1875 – 1882
Location: 39.452791 -82.277778
on SR 278 on the south side of the Hocking River & ran south along the Hocking County border
Remnants: none known
Description: 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. Old road paths from the town can be seen on satellite maps.

Deans
Location: unknown
Description: The town was named after the Dean family in the area.

Detroit – Canaan Township
Location: 39.311616 -81.978089
on Canaanville Rd off US 50 between Buckley Run Rd & Mine Rd
Remnants: no known
Description: Detroit was sort of a suburb of Canaanville & had a train station on the Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad built in 1875.

Englishtown –  York Township
Post Office: 1821 – 1823
Location: 39.456951 -82.225953
on Poplar St in the east side of Nelsonville
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by George Courtauld (1767 – 1823) who was a wealthy silk & textile manufacturer from England. The land was purchased in 1818 & George persuaded some of his friends to move there. He operated a store & post office until his untimely death. Most of the residents moved back to England & the post office moved to Nelsonville.

Ewing
Location: unknown
Description: It was named after the Ewing family in the county.

Floodwood Station – York Township
Post Office: 1871 – 1913
Location: 39.414516 -82.198205
on Monk Rd between SR 691 & the Hocking River along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway
Remnants: remains of the dam in the Hocking River, former railroad trestle, building foundations, & loose building bricks in the area
Description: 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
Location: 39.493958 -82.151535
on Goose Run Rd east off SR 78
Remnants: Bethel Ridge Cemetery off Goose Run Rd
Description: Many of the residents worked in the mining industry & were buried in Bethel Ridge Cemetery.

Harmony – Canaan Township
Location: 39.326592 -82.005669
on Harmony Rd west of S Canaan Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: 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.

Hixon – Ames Township
Post Office: 1880 – 1901
Location: 39.416392 -82.052173
between Lafollette Rd &  Bryson Branch
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: 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 livestock 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.

Hocking – Waterloo Township
Post Office: 1870 – 1877
Location: 39.367708 -82.265328
on Hocking St off SR 56 between Mineral & Carbondale
Remnants: none known
Description: Hocking lost its status as a town but looks like it was never completely abandoned. It had a train station on the Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad.

Horton
Post Office: 1861 – 1863
Location: unknown
Description: It was named after the Horton family in the area.

Ingham – Brown Township, Vinton County (was in Athens prior to 1850)
Location: 39.311475 -82.300541
between Hope- Moonville Rd & King Hollow Trail on the former railroad path
Remnants: electric poles line the former railroad path, mine shaft entrances, & mining tools can be found on hiking trails off the former railroad path
Description: 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
Post Office: 1857 – 1892
Location: 39.319952 -82.284626
at the intersection of Rockcamp Rd & King Hollow Trail at the former railroad crossing
Remnants: 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
Description: 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 – 1856 & 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
Location: 39.455024 -82.269586
between SR 278 & the Hocking River
Remnants: mine shafts in the section of land between SR 278 & Wolfe – Bennett Rd
Description: Laurel Hill was a coal works town on the east side of Brettland with its own mining industry. It had a company store & a train station on the Columbus & Hocking Valley Railroad. Old road paths can be seen on satellite maps.

Lyda (Lydia) – Troy Township
Post Office: 1889 – 1904
Location: 39.181137 -81.779916
on Lydia Rd along the border of Meigs County
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: 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.

Marshallville – Trimble Township
Location: 39.554563 -82.141226
on Johnson Run Rd (County Rd 68) at the intersection of Indian Run Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: 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 of the cemeteries are listed on findagrave.com with more location info.

Medill – Lee Township
Post Office: 1858 – 1865
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Mortonville – Trimble Township
Location: unknown, was west of Glouster
Description: none found

Mud Sock (Mudsock) – Ames Township
Post Office: 1821 – 1837
Location: 39.396667 -81.963194
on SR 550 1/2 mile west of Amesville
Remnants: Mud Sock (Amesville) Cemetery at the GPS Coordinates
Description: 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
Location: 39.465107 -82.113985
on SR 685 at the intersection of Greens Run Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Mount Auburn was founded by Reverend 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 SR 13 in Chauncey.

New Bern – Bern Township
Location: 39.368458 -81.909943
on Felton Rd at the intersection with Brawley Rd
Remnants: Wilson Chapel & Sand Rock Cemetery north of the GPS coordinates
Description: New Bern was a farming town. Residents were buried in Sand Rock Cemetery.

Raccoon
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Rock Oak
Post Office: 1856 – 1871
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Salina – Dover Township
Post Office: 1866 – 1894
Location: 39.381976 -82.144201   
between LeMaster Rd & US 33
Remnants: none known
Description: 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 saw mill.

Sparta
Location: unknown
Description: Sparta was listed as a small village in the 1837 Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler’s Guide.

Ohio ghost town Broadwell Athens County history travel abandoned

Broadwell, OH – (mid 1800s – present farming & coal mining town abandoned over time)

Classification: semi – ghost town

Location: Bern Township, Athens County – On SR 329 near the intersection of Sand Rock Rd

It was settled by Henry Broadwell (1809 – 1881) & Anne Eliza (Wainright) Broadwell (1813 – 1890) in the mid 1800s as a farming community. Their daughter Ann Eliza Broadwell (1846 – 1931) turned into a prominent business entrepreneur & donated land 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 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.

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

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 abundance 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 are 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, for providing the listing lead & info on Carbondale! 

Brett Floodwood

Floodwood Station, OH – (early 1800s – early 1900s 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 1800s. One of the earliest settlers, the Mourn family, built a saw mill & a general store in the 1820s. The population boomed when coal was discovered in the area in the mid 1800s.  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. It 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 US 33, but it’s not nearly as large as it once was. Floodwood Station was totally abandoned in the early 1900s. Part of its 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 group member Brett Taylor, manager of Ohio Hiking Trails & Historical Sites, for providing the listing lead, pic, & much of the info on Floodwood!

Athens Ingham Station

Ingham, OH (Ingham Station) – (1856 – 1910s 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 former railroad path at a Y intersection (same parking spot as Kings Station in Athens County)

Ingham was the town between Moonville & Kings Station on the same railroad line. It’s about a mile hike when 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 are 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. Waymarking.com has a nice listing for Ingham with GPS coordinates for many of the buildings & mine shaft entrances.

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Kings Station, OH (King Hollow) – (1856 – 1910s 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 former railroad path at a Y intersection

Kings Station is northeast of Moonville & Ingham on the same railroad line & also 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 & its 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 Elk Cemetery on N Market St (SR 93) in McArthur. Kings Station had a general store, row of wooden houses, a school, coal tipple, & a post office from 1857 – 1892.

There are 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 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 1850s. 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 & attracted visitors from all around the world.

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

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

Classification: ghost town

Location: Trimble Township, Athens County & Ward Township, Hocking County – On SR 78 near the intersection of York Rd 

Orbiston grew quickly in its early days after Ogden Furnace was constructed 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 in 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, & his sister Debby Taylor for providing the listing lead, pic, & some of the info 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 was named after Josiah True (1776 – 1855) & 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 are 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 old remnants left from the town. The bridge was built in 1880 on Monserat Rd spanning Sunday Creek. It has been restored & is open to traffic.

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Athens County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1875 – Athens County Atlas

1905 – Athens County Atlas

1869 – History Of Athens County Ohio