Carbondale was a flourishing mining village with a population of 250-300 in 1883. The coal works were opened in 1867 and a branch railroad was laid out in the same year. This coal mine is said to have been the first opened in Southeastern Ohio. They were operated by McClintock and Smith. there were two general stores, one owned by P. J. Beckler and the other by the mining company which employed between 150 and 175 men. The post office was established in 1880 with Mr. Charles Smith as postmaster.

Carbondale Coal Mining

photo submitted by Jeanie Gabriel from her distant cousin Arthur Pollock

Carbondale Coal Company store around the turn of the century.

Carbondale Coal Mine

Ohio University Archives Library

The Athens Messenger


Carbondale World War I Soldiers

submitted by Jeanie Gabriel

Left to right, back row - Marion Welch, Alva Risley, Carl Wortman and Murray Arnold

Front row- James Gabriel, Dewey Arnold and Fred Arnold

These boys were from Carbondale and were in the Army during WWI. James Gabriel, (Jeanie's g-uncle), was killed in France Oct 14, 1918. A plaque was hung on the memorial  in Carbondale to him and his Captain, K T Crossen, who was also killed.  The back of this photo says "All were in the Army and all were from Carbondale". 

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