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County Information

County Seat: McArthur
Year Organized: March 23, 1850

Named after U. S. Representative Samuel Finley Vinton, of Jackson County, Ohio, Vinton County was officially made a county on March 23, 1850 and formed from Gallia, Athens, Hocking, Ross and Jackson Counties. It's main source of water comes from branches of the Scioto and Hocking Rivers. Most of its wealth in the early years came from iron, coal and fire-clay. Vinton county was home to four of the many furnaces located in Ohio, Eagle, Hope, Vinton and Hamden.

Some of the earliest settlers came to Vinton County about 1805, with one of the earliest known being a Mr. Musselman. He settled in Elk which at that time was the pioneer township of the county. He was a miller by trade and a bit of a geologist as well. He discovered the first burr stone. He began quarrying the stone in 1806.

The county seat, McArthur was laid out in 1815 and was originally called "McArthurstown" after then Governor McArthur. By an act of legislature it was given its current name of McArthur in 1851 and was at that time incorporated. In 1850, there were 450 residents living in McArthur.

The 2000 Census states that Vinton County has the smallest population in the state.

Vinton County Covered Bridge

Villages
Hamden * McArthur * Wilkesville * Zaleski

Other Communities
Creola * New Plymouth * Ray

Ghost Towns
Ingham * Moonville * Oreton

Townships
Brown * Clinton * Eagle * Elk * Harrison * Jackson *
Knox * Madison * Richland * Swan * Vinton * Wilkesville
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Website Updates:
Feb 2014:  Obits for LISTON, PRICECANODE; Marriage announcements for WALTERS-HAMOND, NIEL-VANHOWDEN; SMITH-NEWMAN; WHITLACH-LANTZ; SIMS-ANKROM; LISTON burials in Wilkesville Cemetery 
Previous updates: Obits for WELLS, HAWK, DYE



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Adjacent Counties
Hocking County (north)
Athens County (northeast)
Meigs County (east)
Gallia County (southeast)
Jackson County (south)
Ross County (west)

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