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Jordan D Pickens is an educator and local historian. His is the co-author of a book on Meigs County history.
“What I love most about rivers is you can’t step in the same river twice; the water’s always changing, always flowing...” – Judy Kuhn. While the quote is from Disney’s Pocahontas, the sentiment can be applied to life in...
In 1849, “California Fever” hit southeastern Ohio. Several people in Meigs County headed west to leave behind a depression and a cholera epidemic plaguing the nation, grabbed their picks, shovels, and sifters, and searched for gold. The California Gold...
This week in my American History class at Southern High School, I started a chapter on settling the west. Topics include things like The Homestead Act, where for $10, an individual could file for a tract of public land...
November 12, 1928, the Pomeroy Bend Bridge, or as it came to be known, the Pomeroy – Mason Bridge, opened to traffic and would serve the people of Meigs County, Ohio, and Mason County, West Virgina, until January 31,...
In addition to the townships from Gallia County mentioned in last week’s article that helped to form Meigs County in 1819, Athens County also provided its share of townships to neighboring counties. At one time, Athens County contained one...
Meigs County was formed on April 1, 1819, and was created out of parts of Athens and Gallia Counties. Originally, Washington County included all of what would become Gallia, Athens, and Meigs Counties. Gallia County was organized in 1803,...
The earliest record of boatbuilding in Racine dates back to 1822. Larkin’s Pioneer History of Meigs County states, “Mr. Lucius Cross came from Marietta in 1822 to lands of his own, and started a tannery, built flat boats to...
Author Barbara Lieberman said, “One does not seek love . . . . It should find you all on its own.” That is most certainly the case for Carmi Alderman who found his way from Morgan County to a...
This year Harrisonville Masonic Lodge #411 celebrates 150 years of Freemasonry. This past February, the Grand Lodge of Ohio gathered in Harrisonville for a reconsecration, or re-dedication, ceremony for the lodge. The names of the original members of the...
When writing these articles, I typically have a topic or a person in mind, and then when I begin to write it, typically history takes me elsewhere. I have been compiling information on Marcus Bosworth for some time now,...
When someone thinks of well-known authors or famous journalists from Meigs County, usually two people come to mind: Ambrose Bierce and James Edwin Campbell. While both have incredible works in their own right as authors, W.G. Sibley of Racine...
Harness racing will once again return to The Meigs County Fair on Thursday, August 16 and Friday, August 17. The track at the fairgrounds bears the nickname “The Rock” paying homage to the sandstone cliffs jutting into the homestretch...
The month of August brings many familiar things to Meigs County. Soon, teachers and students alike will be returning to school; Friday night lights will oversee Meigs County’s Tornadoes, Marauders and Eagles duke it out on the gridiron. But...
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana. How, you may ask? A fine example today is the hepatitis A epidemic you see happening in the news at fast food restaurants all around...
Any use of racial profanities or language of that sort in this article is used in quotations from articles on the subject and do NOT reflect the author’s opinion or the opinion of the Meigs Independent Press. When I think...

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