Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park recognized at luncheon

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park was one of eight organizations recognized when Heritage Ohio and Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area held the Eighth Annual Appalachia Heritage Luncheon on Dec. 18 at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. Each entity recognized was given three minutes to tell its success story.

Ohio Sen. Frank Hoagland, R-Mingo Junction, introduced the Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park and presented a recognition certificate from the Ohio Senate. The Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park was presented a plaque by Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area President Tom O’Grady and was given a recognition certificate from Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. The Eighth Annual Appalachia Heritage Luncheon aired on The Ohio Channel.

The Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park’s mission is to preserve the history of the mining, construction, agriculture, logging, transportation, and the oil and gas industries. Plans are to acquire 200-250 acres of land to construct a museum building and an open air area featuring mining, construction, agriculture, logging, transportation, and oil and gas history and equipment. A maintenance and restoration building are part of the plan, which also call for the park to partner with area high schools, vocational schools, colleges and universities for the benefit of their mechanic, agriculture, energy operations, natural resource, machining, welding, heavy equipment and marketing programs. The park also hopes to host events featuring mining, construction, agriculture, logging, transportation, and oil and gas history.

The Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organization. It owns more than 20 pieces of equipment including a Marion 7200 walking dragline. Visit www.hcrhp.org, www.coalpark.org, and www.facebook.com/hcrhp for more information.

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