The Great Serpent Mound, located in Adams County, Ohio, is a prehistoric effigy mound in the shape of a serpent that is more than 1,300 feet long. It is one of the largest effigy mounds in the world and is estimated to have been built by the Adena culture more than 1,000 years ago.
Meigs County, Ohio, is located in the southeastern part of the state along the Ohio River. The area that would eventually become Meigs County was originally inhabited by various Native American tribes including the Shawnee and Wyandot. European settlers began to arrive in the late 18th century, with the area officially being established as Meigs County in 1819.

The county was named in honor of Return Jonathan Meigs, who was an American military officer and politician. Meigs had served in the American Revolutionary War and later became a United States Senator. The county quickly grew as settlers established farms and businesses along the fertile river valleys.

During the 19th century, Meigs County became an important center for coal mining and salt production. The discovery of large salt deposits led to the establishment of numerous salt furnaces and processing facilities. This industry provided steady employment for many residents and played a significant role in the county's economy.

In addition to salt and coal, Meigs County also had a thriving riverboat industry. The Ohio River served as a transportation route, allowing for the easy movement of goods and people to and from the county. Meigs County was a popular stop for riverboats, which brought both travelers and trade opportunities.

Over the years, Meigs County has faced economic challenges due to the decline of industries like coal and salt production. However, the county remains rich in natural beauty and recreational opportunities. Today, visitors can enjoy hiking and camping in the Wayne National Forest, exploring the historic river towns, and taking in scenic views along the Ohio River. Meigs County continues to be a place where history and nature meet.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Meigs County, Ohio.

  • 1819 - Meigs County was established on April 1.
  • 1833 - The town of Pomeroy was founded.
  • 1841 - The first courthouse was constructed in Pomeroy.
  • 1848 - The Ohio and Virginia Railway reached Pomeroy.
  • 1884 - The Ohio River flood caused significant damage in Meigs County.
  • 1944 - The Meigs County Courthouse burned down in a fire.
  • 1967 - The Silver Bridge, connecting Meigs County with Gallia County, collapsed, resulting in the loss of 46 lives.
  • 1975 - The Forked Run State Park was established in Meigs County.
  • 1986 - The Meigs County Historical Society Museum was opened.
  • 1997 - The Meigs County Veterans Memorial was dedicated.