The Hocking Valley Coal Strike

The Hocking Valley Coal Strike (HMOQT)

Location: Nelsonville, OH 45764 Athens County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 27.638', W 82° 13.925'

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Following a wage reduction from 70 to 60 cents per ton after many Hocking Valley coal mines consolidated in 1883, the Ohio Miners' Amalgamated Association struck on June 23, 1884. The operators responded by offering an even smaller tonnage rate and a requirement for returning miners to sign no-strike contracts. The strike idled three thousand miners in 46 mines at Nelsonville, Murray City, New Straitsville, Carbon Hill, Buchtel, Longstreth, and Shawnee.
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Syndicate mines precipitated violence by importing hundreds of immigrant strikebreakers and employing dozens of Pinkerton detectives as mine guards. A mine fire set at Syndicate #5 in New Straitsville still burned more than one hundred years later. Although the strike ended in March 1885 with no victory for the miners, the Ohio legislature ended the operators' practice of requiring miners to trade exclusively in company stores. Strike leader Chris Evans later became secretary of the American Federation of Labor and was a founder of the United Mine Workers of America.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number6-5_MARKER_N
Year Placed2003
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council, Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 10:46am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 394005 N 4368619
Decimal Degrees39.46063333, -82.23208333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 27.638', W 82° 13.925'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 27' 38.28" N, 82° 13' 55.50" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 30 Public Square, Nelsonville OH 45764, US
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