Posted by: Atwater Historical Society | November 30, 2011

Portage County gains 14th Historical Marker

Historical Marker to be dedicated 2012 in Atwater


Ron Stanfield, President, Atwater Historical Society, Tina Mann, Webmaster.

The Atwater Historical Society with the assistance of a grant through the Ohio Historical Society has purchased a historical marker for the Atwater Coal Company Mine Disaster that occurred on July 3 1872.  This event qualified for the  14th  Historical Marker  in Portage County because it was the first Mine fire with more than 5 fatalities (In Ohio)  and Ohio was the second state to pass mining laws.  Stop by the sign location, at the entrance into the  Atwater cemetery that leads back to the graves of the 9 men and a 9 year old boy  on State Route 183 to read it’s story.    For more information contact Ron Stanfield at 330-947-3589 or Tina Mann at 330-947-6058 or

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