Belle Valley, Ohio

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Belle Valley is a village in Noble County, Ohio, United States. The population was 263 at the 2000 census.

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History

The Village of Belle Valley was incorporated in 1905, but was actually beginning to form around the mid-19th century. Belle Valley has a history rich in mining.

In 2004 the Belle Valley Action Committee built a new community playground, ball field, and pavilion, and the village is currently building a new community center.

World War II

During World War II, Belle Valley soldier Harry Torhan who was born to Russian immigrant coal mining parents received the Silver Star and Purple Heart for evacuating four wounded soldiers while under mortar and small arms fire during the Battle of the Bulge.[3]

Geography

Belle Valley is located at 39°47′21″N 81°33′17″W / 39.78917°N 81.55472°W / 39.78917; -81.55472 (39.789241, -81.554833),[4] along the West Fork of Duck Creek in Noble Township. Belle Valley is located within a short driving distance of Cambridge, Marietta, and Zanesville, not far from Interstate 77.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.

The Village of Belle Valley is also part of the Ohio Buckeye Trail, a hiking trail that circles the entire state of Ohio. The Belle Valley section is a mostly hilly, completely rural portion of the Buckeye Trail that runs through Guernsey and Noble Counties in southeast Ohio. The section runs from Winterset to the America Electric Power Recreation Lands. The trail here is mostly on rarely traveled dirt roads, with off-road portions located at Salt Fork Wildlife Area, Seneca Lake (the southernmost of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Lakes), Wolf Run State Park and America Electric Power Recreation Lands. The trail passes through the villages of Old Washington, where the trail crosses I-70, and Belle Valley, where it crosses I-77, and Hoskinsville.

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