Noble County, Ohio

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Noble County is a county located in the state of Ohio. As of the 2000 census, the population was 14,058. Its county seat is Caldwell.[2] Noble County is named for Rep. Warren P. Noble of the Ohio House of Representatives, who was an early settler there.[3]



Noble County was home to the first North American oil well, the Thorla-McKee Well, discovered in 1814.[4] It was the last of Ohio's 88 counties to be formed, in 1851.[5] In 1925, a United States Navy dirigible, USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), was caught in a storm over Noble County, and broke into several pieces. Of those on board, 14 were killed and 29 survived.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 405 square miles (1,048 km²).399 square miles (1,033 km²) of it is land and 6 square miles (14 km²) of it (1.38%) is water.

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