What Was ReCreation Land?
Until the 1940s, agriculture dominated the economy in the region. Then, harvests began to dwindle. The population declined. Land values dropped. However, good farm country often means good coal reserves. Below layers of clay, limestone, and shale, we found a rich layer of coal. In 1947, the Ohio Coal Company, an AEP subsidiary, began mining, moving 2 billion cubic yards of earth and yielding 110 million tons of coal.