Mingo Junction Ohio
Mingo Junction is a classic, archetypal steel town. As such it has been used as a filming location for a number of movies including The Deer Hunter. Downtown Mingo Junction is very close to the towns' Steel Mill's blast furnace which is the iconic structure of the steel industry. The downtown and mill are situated between the Ohio river and a steep forested bluff making it very picturesque. Mingo Junction has had a steel or iron mill in it's center since the 1870s. The mill as it appears today was built by Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel which began going in and out of bankruptcy in the 1980s. The mill permanently closed around 2006. The current owner of the mill has started demolition as of February 2014. Mingo Junction's current population is 3,380. It's peak population in 1940 was 5,192. The slightly larger and older city of Steubenville is just north of Mingo Junction.