Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park plans events

CADIZ — The 25th-annual Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park dinner-auction will be held May 11 at the Sally Buffalo Park’s Wallace Lodge in Cadiz with doors opening at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m., a speaker and an auction.

Tickets are $20 and include a buffet-style dinner and drinks. For reservations, information or to donate items for the auction, call (740) 391-4135 or (740) 942-3895 or e-mail to info@hcrhp.org. Reservations can be mailed to HCRHP, 143 S. Main St., Cadiz, OH 43907, with checks made payable to HCRHP.

The speaker will be Steve Hook, retired Central Ohio Coal engineer and current Morgan County, Ohio, engineer. “Central Ohio Coal Co. is famous for Big Muskie, the world’s largest dragline ever built, having many draglines, shovels and the Muskingum Electric Railroad,” a spokesperson noted.

Hook logged 33 years with AEP, virtually all of it at Central Ohio Coal Co., where he had stints as reclamation engineer, engineering superintendent and operations superintendent before his retirement. He has been Morgan County engineer since 2005 and is responsible for maintaining 342 miles of roads and 210 bridges in Morgan County.

“Even when I was working at the mine, I always thought that I’d like to be the county engineer,” he said. “Working at Central Ohio Coal was great training for being the county engineer,” Hook said. “I was involved with the mine’s haul roads, and I dealt with state and federal agencies, just like I’m doing today.”

Hook speaks at meetings and events about “The Life and Times of the ‘Big Muskie'” in the coal fields of southeast Ohio and Central Ohio Coal Co.

The Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park also is planning the 16th-annual old construction and mining equipment show to be held Sept. 7-8 on Ohio 519 between U.S. 22 and New Athens.

For information, visit www.Facebook.com/ocmes.

The Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the Harrison County Visitors Center, located at 143 S. Main St., Cadiz.

Its mission is to preserve the history of the mining, construction, agriculture, logging, transportation and oil and gas industries.

Plans are to acquire 200 to 250 acres of land; constructing a museum building and an open-air area featuring mining, construction, agriculture, logging, transportation and oil and gas history; constructing a maintenance and restoration building. Plans are to partner with area high schools, vocational schools, colleges and universities for their mechanic, agriculture, energy operations, natural resource, machining, welding, heavy equipment and marketing programs and host events featuring mining, construction, agriculture, logging, transportation and oil and gas history.

The HCRHP is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organization. It currently owns more than 20 pieces of equipment, including a Marion 7200 walking dragline.

To join the original, annual dues are $10 for an individual; $15 for a family and $50 for a business.

For information, visit www.hcrhp.org, www.coalpark.org and www.facebook.com/hcrhp.

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