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Barnesville, Ohio
« on: May 17, 2011, 11:57:54 PM »
So much great architecture crammed into this small Belmont County town....
















































Offline Robert Pence

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Re: Barnesville, Ohio
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2011, 07:13:40 AM »
Barnesville is a gem, pretty much unspoiled by commercial sprawl. Maybe it's because the topography doesn't have much room for big-box stores and their parking lots, and/or there's not enough population density in the area to attract them. I used to drive through there a few times every year en route to a friend's backwoods place on the Ohio side of the river across from Sistersville. It's nice to see that Barnesville has retained its charm.

Edit: I remember making a mental note once to return during the Fall Pumpkin Festival, but I forgot or was busy when the dates rolled around. Still sounds like a good idea for a lively traditional country fair.
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Re: Barnesville, Ohio
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2011, 07:22:23 AM »
Couldn't agree more with that statement, Ink!  Great pics.

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Re: Barnesville, Ohio
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2011, 07:33:24 AM »
Nice photos of a charming downtown.  I'm always surprised by the little gems Ohio has to offer. 

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Re: Barnesville, Ohio
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2011, 08:15:22 AM »
Let's not forget the Wayne Hayes (D-OH) debacle in the summer of 1976.  Hayes was the chairman of the House Wayes and Means Committe and had his mistress, Elizabeth Ray, on the payroll.  That and a suicide attempt made Barnesville the center of the world.  All three networks were camped out there.  Also, the man that Bell beat to the patent office for the telephone was from Branesville.  He later invested the fax machine and founded a company that became known as Western Electric. 

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Re: Barnesville, Ohio
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2011, 08:53:10 AM »
Barnesville is always nice to see.
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Re: Barnesville, Ohio
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2011, 11:15:57 AM »
In the 1970s, I believe, Barnesville was threatened with obliteration by open-pit coal mining that was advancing toward it - or was that Woodsfield, not far away? What ever became of all that? I remember seeing film on TV of the movement of one of those giant strip-mining draglines across a major highway to open a new mine in the vicinity.

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Re: Barnesville, Ohio
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2011, 02:50:12 PM »
Nice old train station and tunnel..... wonder what railroad served it?

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Re: Barnesville, Ohio
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Re: Barnesville, Ohio
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2011, 02:41:01 PM »
In the 1970s, I believe, Barnesville was threatened with obliteration by open-pit coal mining that was advancing toward it - or was that Woodsfield, not far away? What ever became of all that? I remember seeing film on TV of the movement of one of those giant strip-mining draglines across a major highway to open a new mine in the vicinity.

Probably Barnesville. The section of SR 800 from 2-3 miles north of Barnesville to I-70 was completely realigned from a ridge road to a valley 1/4mi to the west sometime in the '70s due to strip mining. I've not hear of much strip mining activity that went on in Monroe County, of which Woodsfield is the county seat.

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Re: Barnesville, Ohio
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2011, 09:42:51 PM »
Nice structures indeed! Looking good.