Brick Laying Ceremony

Brick Laying Ceremony
Saturday, May 21st at the Coal Miner’s Memorial from 1 to 3pm.

Brick Dedication Ceremony

Brick Dedication Ceremony
Saturday, October 31st at the Coal Miner’s Memorial at the Courthouse
3pm to 4pm

Brick Dedication Ceremony

Brick Dedication Ceremony
Saturday, August 8th at the Coal Miner’s Memorial at the Courthouse
4pm to 5pm

History of Mining In The Area

History of Mining In The Area

Coal Mining, both Surface and Underground has been a part of Coshocton County ever since the 1850’s. Thousands of hard working men and young boys labored hard and very long hours in the Coal Fields,Pits and Dog Holes of Coshocton County, Ohio.

This area has always been rich in the abundance of Coal during all these years, helping the area towns and businesses to survive and grow. These same Coal Mines provided a good living for every person that labored for the “Black Gold”. During the heyday of Coshocton as I can remember, there were three area Coal Mines, two Surface and One Underground Coal Mine.

How Did This Idea Come About?

How Did This Idea Come About?

There was an individual who I know personally that approached me a couple of years ago about possibly erecting a statue/stone marker outside of an abandoned coal mine in memorial/memory of a fallen coal miner.

The more I thought about this idea, the more I realized that something needed to be done for ALL COAL MINERS, Living And Deceased in Coshocton County, Ohio. There needed to be something out in a public place for everyone to be able to see this Memorial.

Coal Miner’s Memorial Organizer / Planner

Coal Miner’s Memorial Organizer / Planner

My name is Sam Bennett. I am a former Coal Miner, working underground for five years out of high school for Simco-Peabody and Nacco Coal Companies.

My father Arthur S. Bennett Sr. was a Coal Miner for twenty four years, seventeen years working in Harlan County, Kentucky Coal Mines for the VC Coal Company (now known as Harlan Cumberland Coal Company) and seven years working in Coshocton, Ohio for Simco-Peabody Coal Company. My father was working underground at the Simco-Peabody #3 Underground Coal Mine on Wednesday May 5, 1971 when he was involved in a fatal haulage accident at the age of forty four years of age. My grandfather also worked underground in the Coal Mines of Harlan County, Kentucky.

I am the organizer/ planner of this Coal Miners Memorial Project. It is my goal/dream to raise enough funds ($60,000.00) to erect this memorial on the court house square lawn in Coshocton, Ohio in memory of ALL COAL MINERS OF COSHOCTON COUNTY, OHIO.