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Statistics & Facts

The Ohio state capital is Columbus.
The population of Cheshire is approximately 221 (2000), 132 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 93 (2000), 67 (2010).
The amount of land area in Cheshire is 0.454 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Cheshire to Washington DC is 289 miles.
The distance to the Ohio state capital is 87 miles. (as the crow flies)
Cheshire is positioned 38.94 degrees north of the equator and 82.11 degrees west of the prime meridian.


90 miles southeast of Columbus, not far from Point Pleasant, West Virginia
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History & History Related Items

In 2002, Cheshire was bought out by the American Electric Power Company (AEP). They run the James M. Gavin coal-fueled power plant next to the town. The agreement was reach on 16 April 2002 for the company to purchase 200 plots of land for $ 20 million. Soon afterward the Mayor and village council met to learn how to legally dissolve their town. There were pollution problems in the area due to the power plant which resident say cased burning eyes, headaches, sore throats and other maladys. The agreement has residents giving up their rights to sue the company later on.

In August 2000 the Environmental Protection Agency declared the Gavin plant in violation of the Clean Air Act with other studies showing damaging problems occurring in the air. Soon after this study. By Spring of 2002, things had progressed to the point of possible lawsuits. The company made the offer to buyout the village at this time. "Many families have lived in this community for generations. By the end of 2003 the community will either not be here or have changed so drastically that it's barely the same place." (full excerpt at this site)

Cheshire was incorporated in 1953

Cheshire - no more - an article from 7 May 2002 about the loss of the village.
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A photo gallery of Cheshire.
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Cheshire Historical Events

2002, April 17
AEP Agrees to buy out entire town
See the article on the buyout. Cheshire


Cheshire is located in the Eastern Time Zone.

The population of Cheshire was:
1990 - 250
2000 - 221
2003 - 0

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