Glouster , Ohio
Glouster was an important town in the Hocking Valley coal mining region while the mines were thriving from roughly 1880 to 1920. Coal mines have been active intermittently in the area until very recently. Glouster was also home to a large brick factory. Glouster's proximity to Athens and it's location on a main North-South highway (13) has enabled it to hang on to residents more successfully than some other Hocking Valley coal towns like Shawnee. Glouster's population peaked sometime around 1930 at 3,140 and is now 1,772. Glouster has a nicely preserved main commercial strip. I was unable to find any remnants of the old brick factory.
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