Wheeling Township, Belmont County, Ohio

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Wheeling Township, Belmont County, Ohio
Former Wheeling Township School in Fairpoint, now a grocery store
Former Wheeling Township School in Fairpoint, now a grocery store
Location of Wheeling Township in Belmont County
Location of Wheeling Township in Belmont County
Coordinates: 40°7′22″N 80°56′43″W / 40.12278°N 80.94528°W / 40.12278; -80.94528Coordinates: 40°7′22″N 80°56′43″W / 40.12278°N 80.94528°W / 40.12278; -80.94528
Country United States
State Ohio
County Belmont
 • Total 27.5 sq mi (71.2 km2)
 • Land 26.9 sq mi (69.7 km2)
 • Water 0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
Elevation[1] 1,217 ft (371 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,691
 • Density 63/sq mi (24.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 39-84602[2]
GNIS feature ID 1085790[1]

Wheeling Township is one of the sixteen townships of Belmont County, Ohio, United States. The 2010 census found 1,691 people in the township.[3]


Located in the northern part of the county, it borders the following townships:

No municipalities are located in Wheeling Township, although the unincorporated community of Fairpoint lies in the township's east.

Name and history[edit]

Wheeling Township was organized in 1808.[4] Wheeling Township took its name from its largest waterway, Wheeling Creek. From its source west of Lafferty and south of Flushing, Wheeling Creek winds along the southern regions of Wheeling Township, through and near communities such as Oco, Bannock, Crabapple, Flushing, and Blainesville. Wheeling Creek has several tributary creeks that flow through the township, including Crabapple Creek, which begins just west of the township's boundary, Campbell Run, a tributary of Crabapple Creek, McCracken Run, meeting Wheeling Creek in Fairpoint, Love's Run, whose confluence is just east of Fairpoint, and Cox Run, which flows into the creek in Blainesville.

Wheeling Township was known for its large production of wheat, which was processed by one of the many gristmills[5] that once existed, and shipped to New Orleans.

Statewide, the only other Wheeling Township is located in Guernsey County.


The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township fiscal officer,[6] who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Township Population By County - 2010 Census ohiotownships.org, 2011. Accessed 04 Mar 2013.
  4. ^ McKelvey, A. T. (1903). Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens. Biographical Publishing Company. p. 279. 
  5. ^ Kilbourn, John (1833). "The Ohio Gazetteer, or, a Topographical Dictionary". Scott and Wright. p. 491. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  6. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.

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