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Vinton County, Ohio
Vinton County Courthouse from northeast.jpg
Vinton County Courthouse in McArthur, Ohio
Seal of Vinton County, Ohio
Seal
Map of Ohio highlighting Vinton County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded March 23, 1850[1]
Named for Samuel Finley Vinton
Seat McArthur
Largest village McArthur
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

415 sq mi (1,075 km²)
412 sq mi (1,067 km²)
2.6 sq mi (7 km²), 0.6
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

12,800
auto/sq mi (Expression error: Unrecognized word "auto"./km²)
Congressional district 15th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Vinton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 12,800,[2] making it the least populous county in the state. Its county seat is McArthur.[3] The county is named for Samuel Finley Vinton, US Representative from Ohio (1823–37, 1843–51).[4]

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 415 square miles (1,070 km2), of which 412 square miles (1,070 km2) is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2) (0.6%) is water.[5]

Waterways[]

Most of Vinton County is in the Raccoon Creek watershed. Most of the rest of the county, to the west, is in the Salt Creek watershed.[6]

Adjacent counties[]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 9,353
1860 13,631 45.7%
1870 15,027 10.2%
1880 17,223 14.6%
1890 16,045 −6.8%
1900 15,330 −4.5%
1910 13,096 −14.6%
1920 12,075 −7.8%
1930 10,287 −14.8%
1940 11,573 12.5%
1950 10,759 −7.0%
1960 10,274 −4.5%
1970 9,420 −8.3%
1980 11,584 23.0%
1990 11,098 −4.2%
2000 12,806 15.4%
2010 13,435 4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2020 [11]

2000 census[]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 12,806 people, 4,892 households, and 3,551 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 people per square mile (12/km2). There were 5,653 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.08% White, 0.35% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. 0.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,892 households, out of which 34.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.20% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.40% were non-families. 23.60% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 26.90% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 12.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,465, and the median income for a family was $34,371. Males had a median income of $30,936 versus $21,257 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,731. About 15.10% of families and 20.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.60% of those under age 18 and 13.50% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 13,435 people, 5,260 households, and 3,640 families residing in the county.[13] The population density was 32.6 inhabitants per square mile (12.6 /km2). There were 6,291 housing units at an average density of 15.3 per square mile (5.9 /km2).[14] The racial makeup of the county was 97.9% white, 0.4% American Indian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.5% of the population.[13] In terms of ancestry, 17.0% were German, 16.2% were American, 14.2% were Irish, and 7.5% were English.[15]

Of the 5,260 households, 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.8% were non-families, and 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.03. The median age was 39.6 years.[13]

The median income for a household in the county was $34,242 and the median income for a family was $37,409. Males had a median income of $36,598 versus $28,226 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,736. About 17.3% of families and 19.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.8% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.[16]

Politics[]

Vinton County is typically a Republican county in presidential elections, having picked the GOP candidate in 12 of the last 16 elections.

United States presidential election results for Vinton County, Ohio[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 4,632 76.71% 1,331 22.04% 75 1.24%
2016 3,883 70.09% 1,351 24.39% 306 5.52%
2012 2,856 52.02% 2,436 44.37% 198 3.61%
2008 3,021 53.51% 2,463 43.62% 162 2.87%
2004 3,249 54.81% 2,651 44.72% 28 0.47%
2000 2,720 54.99% 2,037 41.18% 189 3.82%
1996 1,673 34.77% 2,350 48.85% 788 16.38%
1992 1,975 36.83% 2,308 43.04% 1,080 20.14%
1988 2,652 52.19% 2,385 46.94% 44 0.87%
1984 3,041 59.80% 1,990 39.13% 54 1.06%
1980 2,484 49.05% 2,381 47.02% 199 3.93%
1976 2,148 44.33% 2,629 54.25% 69 1.42%
1972 2,725 62.85% 1,537 35.45% 74 1.71%
1968 2,219 52.31% 1,608 37.91% 415 9.78%
1964 1,919 42.30% 2,618 57.70% 0 0.00%
1960 3,043 59.97% 2,031 40.03% 0 0.00%
1956 2,998 61.01% 1,916 38.99% 0 0.00%
1952 2,903 58.86% 2,029 41.14% 0 0.00%
1948 2,323 53.34% 2,016 46.29% 16 0.37%
1944 2,719 59.82% 1,826 40.18% 0 0.00%
1940 3,190 57.03% 2,404 42.97% 0 0.00%
1936 3,056 51.16% 2,902 48.58% 16 0.27%
1932 2,715 50.10% 2,655 48.99% 49 0.90%
1928 2,810 63.75% 1,559 35.37% 39 0.88%
1924 2,244 51.87% 1,838 42.49% 244 5.64%
1920 2,559 54.06% 2,124 44.87% 51 1.08%
1916 1,420 48.75% 1,433 49.19% 60 2.06%
1912 952 31.87% 1,228 41.11% 807 27.02%
1908 1,916 55.10% 1,496 43.03% 65 1.87%
1904 1,994 59.68% 1,286 38.49% 61 1.83%
1900 2,141 56.06% 1,648 43.15% 30 0.79%
1896 2,035 52.43% 1,821 46.92% 25 0.64%
1892 1,710 48.18% 1,743 49.11% 96 2.70%
1888 1,832 48.93% 1,865 49.81% 47 1.26%
1884 1,725 47.94% 1,852 51.47% 21 0.58%
1880 1,700 45.98% 1,992 53.88% 5 0.14%
1876 1,533 45.58% 1,817 54.03% 13 0.39%
1872 1,314 49.31% 1,340 50.28% 11 0.41%
1868 1,499 49.10% 1,554 50.90% 0 0.00%
1864 1,212 47.42% 1,344 52.58% 0 0.00%
1860 1,246 49.39% 1,231 48.79% 46 1.82%
1856 932 43.21% 1,174 54.43% 51 2.36%



Government and infrastructure[]

Vinton County has a three-member Board of County Commissioners that administers and oversees the various county departments, similar to all but two of the 88 Ohio counties. The elected commissioners serve four-year terms. The elected commissioners are Tim Eberts, Mark Fout, and William Wellman.[18]

Emergency services[]

The following emergency services, with their locations, serve the county:[19]

  • Ohio State Highway Patrol
  • Vinton County Sheriff's Department
    • 106 South Market Street, McArthur
  • McArthur Police Department
    • 124 West Main Street, McArthur
  • Vinton County Emergency Medical Services
    • 31931 State Route 93, McArthur
  • Vinton County Emergency Management Agency
    • 106 South Market Street, McArthur
  • MedFlight 3
    • 110 West Second Street, Wellston, Ohio 45692
  • LifeAir
  • McArthur Fire Department
    • 303 West High Street, McArthur
  • Hamden Fire Department
    • 100 Wilkesville Street, Hamden
  • Wilkesville Fire Department
    • 161 Main Street, Wilkesville
  • Zaleski Fire Department
    • State Route 278, Zaleski
  • Harrison Township Fire Department
    • 51560 Old Route 50, Londonderry

Post Offices[]

There are post offices in the following Vinton County communities:[20]

  • Hamden
  • McArthur
  • New Plymouth
  • Ray
  • Wilkesville
  • Zaleski
  • Wellston
  • Jackson

Utilities[]

The following utilities serve Vinton County:[21]

Phone, Internet and cable[]

  • Horizon Telephone
  • Ohio Hills
  • Frognet
  • Verizon
  • First Communications
  • Time Warner Cable

Frontier

Gas and electricity[]

  • Columbia Gas of Ohio
  • South Central Power Company
  • American Electric Power
  • Buckeye Rural Electric Co-Op

Water and garbage disposal[]

  • Ross County Water Company
  • Jackson County Water Company
  • Leax Water Company
  • McArthur Water Department
  • Rumpke
  • Waste Management
  • Dutcher Sanitation

Education[]

The entire county is served by the Vinton County Local School District which operates the following schools:[22]

  • West Elementary
    • 57750 US Highway 50, Allensville, Ohio 45651
  • South Elementary
  • Central Elementary
    • 507 Jefferson Avenue, McArthur, Ohio 45651
  • Vinton County Middle School
    • 63780 Locker Plant Road, McArthur, Ohio 45651
  • Vinton County High School
    • 63910 US Highway 50, McArthur, Ohio 45651

Transportation[]

Highways[]

  • US 50.svg U.S. Route 50
  • OH-32.svg State Route 32
  • OH-56.svg State Route 56
  • OH-93.svg State Route 93
  • OH-124.svg State Route 124
  • OH-160.svg State Route 160
  • OH-278.svg State Route 278
  • OH-324.svg State Route 324
  • OH-327.svg State Route 327
  • OH-328.svg State Route 328
  • OH-356.svg State Route 356
  • OH-671.svg State Route 671
  • OH-677.svg State Route 677
  • OH-683.svg State Route 683
  • OH-683.svg State Route 689

Airports[]

Vinton County has one public airport, the Vinton County Airport (K22I/22I). The runway is a 3725' x 75' asphalt, east–west (09/27) runway with a single intersecting taxiway. Navigation and radio equipment includes a two-light PAPI for runway 27, Pilot Controlled Lighting and UNICOM.[23]

The airport is leased to the Vinton County Pilots & Booster Association by the county, who raise funds to maintain and update the airport. As of 2015, the boosters are raising funds to finance a 2000-foot runway extension and resurfacing project. The airport is equipped to provide basic service to piston-engined general aviation aircraft. Flight instruction services are also available.[24]

Media[]

Vinton County is served by one local newspaper outlet, the Vinton County Courier, a print newspaper and website.[25]

Tourism[]

Covered bridges[]

Mt. Olive Covered Bridge

Ponn Covered Bridge prior to arson

There are four covered bridges located around Vinton County. The most famous bridge was the Ponn Bridge, also known as the Humpback Bridge. It was built in 1874 and was the longest one in the county. The bridge's name came from the shape of the bridge and there are only a few 'humpback' bridges left around the world. This bridge was burned down in June, 2013 by arsonists.[26] In 1875, the Mt. Olive Bridge was built by a Civil War veteran named George Washington Pilcher. This bridge is open to foot traffic and goes over the Middle Fork Salt Creek. The Bay Bridge is located on the Vinton County Fairgrounds. It was moved to the fairgrounds in 1967 and is still open to pedestrians. The Cox Bridge was built in 1884. The bridge is open to foot traffic and has a picnic area near it. The Arbaugh Bridge was built in 1871, making it the oldest covered bridge in the county. The bridge is the only one open to vehicles thanks to a grant that allowed for renovations.

State Parks and Recreation Areas[]

Lake Hope State Park

There are eight recreation areas in Vinton County. The state parks consist of Lake Alma State Park located in Wellston, Ohio and Lake Hope State Park located in McArthur, Ohio. There are also four state forests consisting of Richland Furnace State Forest, Tar Hollow State Forest, Vinton Furnace State Forest, and Zaleski State Forest.[27] Along with these, there is the Wayne National Forest, which covers many other counties in Ohio besides Vinton County, Raccoon Ecological Management Area located on State Route 160, and the Wellston Wildlife Area and Lake Rupert located on State Route 683. There are also many more public areas within a short distance of Vinton County.[28] Vinton county is more than 70 percent wooded.

[29]

Hocking Hills Region[]

The Hocking Hills Region is located north of Vinton County. Due to the Hocking Hills’ mainstream popularity, visitors often choose to book lodging in Vinton County to avoid the crowds.[30]

Lake Hope Bike Trails[]

Lake Hope State Park is located in Vinton and Athens Counties. There are five loop trails in the park ranging from 4.5 miles to 16 miles. The Hope Furnace Trail loop is the shortest of the trails at 4.5 miles. The Sidewinder Loop is 5.5 miles, the Copperhead Loop is 10 miles, and the New Big Loop is 15 miles. The longest of the trails in the Old Big Loop at 16 miles.[31]

Zaleski Backpack Trails[]

There are two trails in Zaleski State Forest, a trail of 23.5 miles and a day trail of 10 miles.[32]

Moonville Rail-Trail[]

Moonville Rail-Trail is a 16-mile rail trail that follows an abandoned B&O railroad line from Mineral to Zaleski. It gets its name from the ghost town of Moonville and passes through a brick railroad tunnel at Moonville and a wooden railroad tunnel at King’s Hollow. The trail cuts through Zaleski State Forest and goes through many woodlands and wetlands. The Moonville Rail Trail Association, a local nonprofit organization established in April 2001, is currently working to make the trail more accessible by replacing bridges that were removed when the railroad was abandoned in the 1980s. The association meets at 6:30 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month at Hope Schoolhouse on Wheelabout Road.[33]

Quilt barns[]

Throughout Vinton County, 27 quilt barns are scattered by the roadways. They are located on Vinton County's Quilt Trail.[34]

  • Liberty Star Basket
  • Basket Weave
  • A Pig's Tail
  • Christmas Star
  • Country Farm
  • On Wings of Eagles
  • Corn and Beans
  • Turkey Tracks
  • Maple Leaf
  • Mountains
  • Ohio Star
  • The Fan
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd
  • Summer Winds
  • There's No Place Like Home
  • Pine Tree
  • Mosaic
  • Autumn Sojourn
  • Whirlygig
  • Airplane
  • Cross and Crowns
  • Schoolhouse
  • Farm Friendliness
  • Anvil
  • Shortcut to School
  • Horse Squares
  • V-Block

Events[]

Wild Turkey Festival[]

The Wild Turkey Festival is a music festival held in McArthur, Ohio, on the first weekend of May, beginning on the Thursday evening and concluding on the Sunday afternoon. A parade runs through the town on the Saturday night.[35]

Ridgetop Music Festival[]

Every August, the Ridgetop Music Festival is held at the Vinton County Airport which offers music and airplane rides throughout the festival.[36]

Vinton County Air Show[]

The air show is held on the third Sunday in September. The show is the biggest free air show in Ohio and includes food and aerial acts.[37]

Midnight At Moonville[]

Midnight at Moonville is one-day Halloween-themed festival featuring dramatic storytelling, wagon rides, regional craft vendors, souvenirs, historical presentations, and music performances located at the Moonville Tunnel.[38] The 2020 edition of Midnight at Moonville has been cancelled due to COVID-19.[39]

Communities[]

Map of Vinton County, Ohio with municipal and township labels

Villages[]

  • Hamden
  • McArthur (county seat)
  • Wilkesville
  • Zaleski

Townships[]

  • Brown
  • Clinton
  • Eagle
  • Elk
  • Harrison
  • Jackson
  • Knox
  • Madison
  • Richland
  • Swan
  • Vinton
  • Wilkesville

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Unincorporated communities[]

  • Allensville
  • Creola
  • Dundas
  • Eagle Mills
  • Hawks
  • Hope
  • Hue
  • Jimtown
  • Knox
  • Minerton
  • New Plymouth
  • Orland
  • Prattsville
  • Puritan
  • Radcliff
  • Ratcliffburg
  • Ray
  • Siverly
  • Stella
  • Vales Mills
  • Tiffin
  • Bowen

Ghost towns[]

  • Ingham
  • Moonville
  • Oreton
  • Richland
  • Vinton Furnace

See also[]

  • Covered bridges of southeast Ohio
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Vinton County, Ohio

References[]

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External links[]

Coordinates: 39°15′N 82°29′W / 39.25, -82.49

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