Minerva, Ohio

Minerva is a village in Carroll, Columbiana, and Stark counties in the U.S. state of Ohio. The population was 3,720 at the 2010 census.

The Carroll and Stark County portions of Minerva are part of the Canton-Massillon, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Columbiana County portion is part of the Salem, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Minerva, Ohio
Village of Minerva
Market Street in the summer
Market Street in the summer
Location of Minerva, Ohio
Location of Minerva, Ohio
Location of Minerva in Stark County
Location of Minerva in Stark County
Coordinates: 40°43′44″N 81°6′7″W / 40.72889°N 81.10194°WCoordinates: 40°43′44″N 81°6′7″W / 40.72889°N 81.10194°W
CountryUnited States
CountiesStark, Carroll, Columbiana
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorLeo saniuk
 • Total2.23 sq mi (5.78 km2)
 • Land2.23 sq mi (5.78 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation1,056 ft (322 m)
 • Total3,720
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,668.2/sq mi (644.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)330, 234
FIPS code39-50834[5]
GNIS feature ID1056427[2]
School DistrictMinerva Local


The village of Minerva began when a surveyor named John Whitacre purchased 123 acres of land from Isaac Craig in 1818 for the construction of a log mill. The town, named for his niece, Minerva Ann Taylor born April 19, 1833, grew up around the mill. Minerva's first schoolhouse was built in 1846. In its early years the Sandy and Beaver Canal helped drive Minerva's economy, to be replaced in importance by the Pennsylvania Railroad in the 1840s. Minerva manufacturers Willard and Isaac Pennock patented the United States' first steel railroad car in the nineteenth century.[6]

In 1915, the town's weekly newspaper, The Minerva News, charged one dollar for an annual subscription.[7]

Minerva News 1915.tiff
1915 advertisement for the Minerva News

Legend of the Lost French Gold

According to local legend, in the 1760s the French held possession of Fort Duquesne, which later became Fort Pitt in Pittsburgh. George Washington was leading a company of 2000 British troops from the east to attack the fort. The British held up at Turtle Creek for the night. Indian scouts reported to the French that an attack was coming. The French loaded one ton of gold, which was to be the French payroll, onto ten pack horses and sent them west along the Great Trail. They were to head to present-day Bolivar, Ohio, where there was a blockhouse for shelter and provisions. That location later became the location of Fort Laurens. The British were successful in overthrowing the fort and learned of the escape with the gold. Four days out of Pittsburgh, the British were catching up to the French, so the French buried the gold to avoid it falling into British hands. It was reportedly buried at the fork of three springs. One mile to the west of that location, a rock was placed in the fork of a tree. Over the years, many have tried to locate the legendary buried treasure, but to this day it has not been found.


Minerva is located at 40°43′44″N 81°6′7″W / 40.72889°N 81.10194°W (40.728830, -81.102073),[8] along Sandy Creek.[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.23 square miles (5.78 km2), all land.[1]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20173,640[10]−2.2%

2010 census

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 3,720 people, 1,580 households, and 1,009 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,668.2 inhabitants per square mile (644.1/km2). There were 1,762 housing units at an average density of 790.1 per square mile (305.1/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.7% White, 0.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 1,580 households of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.1% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the village was 41.2 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.8% were from 25 to 44; 25.9% were from 45 to 64; and 19.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.4% male and 52.6% female.

2000 census

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 3,934 people, 1,603 households, and 1,082 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,840.3 people per square mile (709.8/km²). There were 1,718 housing units at an average density of 803.7 per square mile (310.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.03% White, 0.05% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.48% of the population.

There were 1,603.5 households out of which 30.31% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.56% were non-families. 28.41% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the village, the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $33,468, and the median income for a family was $39,669. Males had a median income of $30,477 versus $21,156 for females. The per capita income for the village was $116,853. About 6.3% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.2% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.


Children in Minerva are served by the Minerva Local School District. The current schools in the district are:

  • Minerva Elementary School – 130 Bonnieview Avenue, grades K-5
  • Minerva Middle School – 600 E Line Street, grades 5-8
  • Minerva High School – 501 Almeda Avenue, grades 9-12

Notable people


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  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ Village of Minerva (2010). "Our History." Accessed 1 October 2010. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2008-12-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ The farm journal rural directory of Stark County. Philadelphia: Wilmer Atkinson Co. 1915. p. 356. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ DeLorme (1991). Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-233-1.
  10. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  11. ^ census data: 1870 : 1870 page 24, 1890,1900 : Hunt, William C. (1901). Population of the United States by states and territories, counties, and minor Civil Divisions, as returned at the Twelfth Census: 1900. United States Census Printing Office. p. 306., 1910, 1920, 1930 : 1930 page 40, 1940, 1950 : 1950 page 26, 1960, 1970 : 1970 page=144, 1990 : 1990, 2000 : 2000, 2010 : "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2012-11-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Golf Pioneer Dies". Morning Journal News. Jan 2, 2010.

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Ohi-Rail Corporation traces its roots back to the predecessors of the New York Central System, who built the railroad to tap into the vast coal resources found in southeastern Ohio.

Later known as Penn Central’s Secondary Track, the 34 mile line stretches south from the City of Minerva through the coal rich counties of Carroll, Harrison and Jefferson to Hopedale in south- eastern Ohio. Along with the 3.8 mile Wolf Run Branch, this railroad, commonly known as the “Piney Fork Line,” cut a path through this coal rich region of Ohio.

The rail line thrived by transporting coal well into the late 1960s. With the last two mines ceasing regular operations in the late 1970s, Penn Central moved to abandon and remove the track. Looking to preserve the line, the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Division of Rail Transportation Development purchased the Piney Fork Line and its associated track in July 1982 and began looking for an operator.

Ohi-Rail Corporation, a group of rail investors led by Teresa Schiappa, stepped forward and signed an agreement with the ORDC to operate and preserve the Piney Fork Line. Ohi-Rail stepped up again in 1993 when Conrail decided to abandon Ohi-Rail’s northern connection in Minerva. Ohi-Rail not only purchased the threatened line from Conrail, but they also purchased the additional track from Bayard into Minerva, including the Minerva Yard. ;In 2002, Ohi-Rail continued to grow with the addition of Richard Delatore as Vice President.

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Utica Shale then became the new life blood of the railroad as oil and gas wells, using the latest technology in directional drilling and fracking methods, began producing massive amounts of oil and natural gas liquids in the counties the railroad served. From pipe suppliers and frac sand distributors, to oil and gas liquids themselves, the railroad’s business opportunities grew.

Ohi-Rail moved quickly, and when a major frac sand distributor located on the railroad in Minerva, the railroad completely rebuilt the Minerva Yard to accommodate the projected increase in traffic. At that time, they also brought General Manager, Denny Varian, on board to handle operations with the added value of his background in the rail industry. The main line is being completely rehabilitated from Minerva south to tap into the vast industrial property reserves along the line. Along with the sand cars in the railyard, tank cars are being filled with natural gas liquids via trans-loading from truck.

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