Byesville, Ohio: Coal Miner Statue

A life-size coal-black coal miner serves as a tribute to miners across the nation. He stands on the ground, encouraging photo-ops.
S. 2nd St., Byesville, OH
I-77 exit 41. Drive west on Main St. to the only traffic light in town. Turn south on Hwy 821/S. 2nd St. Drive one block, cross the railroad tracks. The depot is on the right.
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Wall of road signs.

Coal Miner Statue

Stopped on our way back to PA. This place is worth a visit. It was very quiet when we arrived and that always seems to make memorials and monuments more special. Do also take note of the shop across the street. This should be its own attraction. The side of the building facing the train station is covered in recycled street signs.

[Bigfoot & Squirrel, 04/28/2014]

Byesville coal miner.

Coal Miner Statue

The coal miner statue is a tribute to miners across the nation. Everything on the statue means something. He's missing his right index finger in honor of all miners injured in the mines. His check tag is 382 for the number of miners killed in Guernesy County over a 60 year span. The statue stands at the Byesville Scenic Railroad Station. There is also a coal mining museum there, but it was closed when we visited. [Norm Gonder, 02/02/2013]

The bronze statue, by sculptor Alan Cottrill, was dedicated in September 2012.

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