Jesse Owens SP and Wildlife Area--Miner's Memorial

About this Location

The Miner’s Memorial Park is a monument to the achievements of the men and women of American Electric Power and its subsidiary Central Ohio Coal Company, located along OH-78. One of the main attractions of this memorial is the Big Muskie, which is the largest dragline ever built. This “bucket” moved more than 483 million cubic yards of material while in operation from 1969 to 1991.

The Wall of Honor is another highlight of the area, showcasing the names of past and present employees of Central Ohio Coal Company, the AEP subsidiary that operated the Big Muskie.

In addition to the memorial features found in this part of the park, visitors can enjoy a picnic area with a shelter as well as a scenic overlook of the area.

About Jesse Owens State Park and Wildlife Area

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The rolling hills of Jesse Owens State Park and Wildlife Area are a success story in environmental stewardship, conservation and reclaiming land for outdoor recreation. Located in Morgan County and surrounded by thousands of acres of land open to public use, the 5,735-acre park and wildlife area is teeming with wildlife as well as ponds and waterways full of paddling, boating and fishing opportunities.

A permit is not needed to access the Jesse Owens State Park and Wildlife Area. A free permit from American Electric Power (AEP) is required to access the surrounding ReCreation Lands. Permits can be obtained online at the American Electric Power website, the AEP office in McConnelsville, regional offices of the Ohio Division of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, or at any of the regional sporting goods or bait stores surrounding the ReCreation Areas.


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