For starters the Nickel Plate Road's 1954 Databook on their W&LE District contains only the following on Kenwood.
Kenwood (M.P. 189.4)
- Controlled passing siding - capacity 57 cars.
- Storage sidings (2) - capacity 82 cars.
- Main lead to Heil Coal Co. tipple. Tipple not in operation in 1953. Turnout has been removed.
I would bet the area once had a small mining community that gave this location the name of Kenwood, much like the long gone villages of Herrick or Robyville that once dotted the valley along the Short Creek. Areas that are only marked by a unused siding near a "gob" pile or small yards that once served the nearby mines.
Here's a track diagram of the area circa 1960.
|NKP 1963 W&LE Toledo Division Track Diagrams from RailsandTrails.com http://www.railsandtrails.com/TC/W&LE/index.htm|
While the only tipple at Kenwood ended production before 1953 there was still plenty of coal mining nearby during that time period according to the NKP 1954 Databook. For easy reference I consolidated all the mining info in the Databook into a spreadsheet named the NKP Wheeling District Coal Production in 1953 that can be found in the upper left under Useful Links.
To the north was the large strip mining operation of Hanna Coal's Kenvale Mine responsible for 16,000 car loads and the Y&O Nelms Mine also pulling 16,000 car loads of coal from its deep mining operation. Nearby to the south was the short Hurford Branch supporting the Fremont Mine, a small strip mine run by Tasa Coal that dug up over 700 hopper loads of coal in 1953. Because of all the nearby activity, Kenwood still had use as a place for hopper storage.
In the below photo (possibly a JJ Young Jr. photo) Berkshire 712 pulls a cut of hoppers out of the storage tracks while its caboose waits on the siding.
|712 works the storage tracks at Kenwood, Ohio 1950's. Photo is looking SE toward Adena.|
At one time however, Kenwood did host to two maybe three mines in the 1920's. Close examination of the next two photos reveals three potential coal mines. Two mine spurs, one in front of and one behind the depot and a hilltop mine in the distance that might lead to a third tipple (This also seems to be where the Heil Coal tipple is located). Let's not also overlook the great views of the Kenwood Depot in its heyday!
|Kenwood Depot, Kenwood, OH 10-19-1925 (CSU Archives,W&LE Collection) Photo is looking NW to Brewster/Toldeo.|
|Kenwood Depot, Right of Way and Mine Branches at Kenwood, OH possibly late 1920's - early 1930's(CSU Archives W&LE Collection) Photo is looking SE toward Adena.|
Fifty years later in 1975 the small depot has fallen into disrepair as seen in the Wordless Wednesday post. I haven't discovered when it was torn down.
|Kenwood Depot 1975. Photo from http://www.west2k.com/ohstations/harrison.shtml|
|W&LE Signals Kenwood Siding 1980s, Gene P. Schaffer Photo, W&LE Facebook Group|
I've made a link in Google Maps to near the spot where the depot once stood. If you explore the maps link, notice also all the natural gas pipeline construction in the area. Perhaps the gravel facility built on the mainline supports this operation. Once coal mining ruled this area, now Natural Gas from fracking has stepped in to fill the economic void.
I hope you enjoyed this look at Kenwood, one of many spots on the Wheeling now slowing being reclaimed by nature.
|Eastbound looking toward Kenwood at the Unionvale-Kenwood Rd crossing. 4-9-2014 Chris Ellis Photo|