Coal Grove

Coal Grove

CG sign
Photo courtesy of The Ironton Tribune

Coal Grove is located west of Ironton. The village went through a few names before it became Coal Grove. John Peters, Sr. suggested one of the first names the village went by, Petersburg. The name was not popular among the villages inhabitants and a new name was voted in. Coal Grove
The new name came from the abundant coal in the area and a grove of trees near the coaling station. Since the area was well known for these two features, the name Coal Grove was used.
The fist post office in Coal Grove was established in 1830.
The village’s first church was Zoar Church. Built in 1843, the church was originally located on the banks of Ice Creek. Later the church was moved to Warren Hill where it is today. A second church was added in 1855. This church developed into Memorial Methodist Church.
On April 25, 1849, the first passenger ferry, “Winona,” began between Coal Grove and Ashland, Kentucky.
In April 1857, Coal Grove showed its commitment to the public. The first home for the aged and penniless was built. Simon Parker was the home’s first superintendent. The home was a one story brick building with twenty-four rooms.
In 1926, Coal Grove received local recognition for something they are still recognized for… The Portsmouth Auto Club declared Coal Grove a speed trap.
In that same year, the first street lights were installed. All of the village streets were a part of the lighting system.
On August, 5, 1931, the Ben Williamson Bridge was dedicated. It was built to connect Coal Grove and Ashland, Kentucky.
Four years later, on June 4, 1935, Coal Grove purchase its first fire truck.

Taken from

Ironton Register, THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 1892

  • Mrs. Bing, of Delaware, O., is the guest of friends here.

  • Miss Nan Mockabee is visiting friends in Cincinnati, O.

  • Mrs. Plumb and daughter of Waverly, O., are the guest of Rev. A. Plumb.

  • Dr. Wm. Shattuck is rushed with work during his brother’s absence.

  • Mrs. Massie still continues very sick.

  • The Yellow Poplar store has just been filled with new goods from Cincinnati.

  • Miss Lizzie Davidson, of South Point was in the city, Sunday.

  • Miss Lettie Moore, of Manhattan, O., was visiting her sister Friday and Saturday.

  • Our Christian Endeavor Society was organized Sunday and the attendance was large.

  • Memorial Church will organize an Epworth League this Wednesday evening.

Ironton Register, Apr. 7, 1892

  • The election went off quietly and the following were elected – Council – Guy Rowe, Phil Carey, H. J. Millers. Clerk – P. A. Gregory. School Board – F. J. O’Connell, Nathan P. Sloan, Samuel Sparling and W. H. Rowe. Assessor Lafe Sloan.

  • Mrs. Gertie Jones of Portsmouth is the guest of friends in this city.

  • Mrs. Chapman, of Crown City, O., has been the guest of friends here for the past few days.

  • G. E. Fowler who has been quite sick for the past week is able to be out again.

  • Lillie Moore of Manhattan, O., returned home after a pleasant visit among friends.

  • W. O. Thompson of the Manhattan Seminary was visiting in our city Sunday.

  • Miss Maggie Jones of Ironton, is the guest of Miss Florence Millets.

  • Rev. Plumb preached an excellent sermon Sunday morning, from Acts 11-5.

  • Judge Burdett of Ironton was in the city Sunday.

    · Cory Talbot of South Point, was also in the city Sunday.

  • The public schools will close here in three weeks.

  • Mr. M. J. Millies has just received a fine new piano.

Ironton Register, May 12, 1892 – Roy Sillbaugh has been chosen principal of the Coalgrove schools. Misses Alice Moore and Jessie Vanhorn and Mrs. P. C. Booth will be his assistants.

Ironton Register, Nov. 2, 1893 There is some talk in railroad circles, that the division headquarters of the N. & W. will be changed from Kenova to Coalgrove. This may mean a separation to some extent, of the N. & W. and S. V. division. Some important repairs have been ordered at Coalgrove.