Meigs County, Ohio

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Meigs County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. As of the 2000 census, the population was 23,072. Its county seat is Pomeroy,[2] and it is named for Return J. Meigs, Jr., the 4th Governor of Ohio.[3]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 432 square miles (1,120 km²).429 square miles (1,112 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (8 km²) of it (0.68%) is water. The Ohio River forms the eastern and southern boundary of the county.

Meigs County lies in the Appalachian Plateau physiographic region of the Appalachian Mountains. The landscape is considered to be anywhere from gently rolling to rugged, typical of a dissected plateau. Elevations range from 978 feet (298 m) asl (above sea level) in the northwest to about 535 feet (163 m) asl in the far south central part of the county along the Ohio River. The majority of Meigs County is drained by two subwatersheds of the Ohio River, Shade River and Leading Creek. Another stream of note is Raccoon Creek, which flows through a tiny portion of the northwestern corner of the county.[citation needed]

Coal mining, both strip and underground, has been an important industry in Meigs County since the late 19th century, although mining of all types largely ceased by the 1990s. The effects of mining are still readily seen on the landscape today. Features such as high walls, spoil piles, and irregular topography are still prevalent. Many tributaries in the Leading Creek basin are plagued by acid mine drainage and sedimentation.[citation needed]

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