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Mecca Township, Trumbull County, Ohio

Mecca Township is one of the twenty-four townships of Trumbull County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 2,829 people in the township.[3]

Mecca Township, Trumbull County, Ohio
Mosquito Lake just west of Mecca Center
Mosquito Lake just west of Mecca Center
Location of Mecca Township in Trumbull County
Location of Mecca Township in Trumbull County
Coordinates: 41°23′25″N 80°44′18″W / 41.39028°N 80.73833°W / 41.39028; -80.73833Coordinates: 41°23′25″N 80°44′18″W / 41.39028°N 80.73833°W / 41.39028; -80.73833
CountryUnited States
 • Total26.7 sq mi (69.3 km2)
 • Land20.2 sq mi (52.4 km2)
 • Water6.5 sq mi (16.8 km2)
Elevation958 ft (292 m)
 • Total2,829
 • Density139.7/sq mi (53.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)234/330
FIPS code39-48678[2]
GNIS feature ID1087039[1]



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

No municipalities are located in Mecca Township.

Name and historyEdit

Mecca Township was established in 1821.[4] The township derives its name from Mecca, in Arabia.[5] It is the only Mecca Township statewide.[6]

The history of drilling for oil in southwestern Mecca Township, beginning in the 1860s, was recorded in an article in a postal history magazine in 2000. The article was illustrated by maps of the area, by an envelope mailed from the Oil Diggins post office in May 1866, and by a photograph of the "Diggins" restaurant in West Mecca, stated to be "the only building standing as a reminder of the town of Oil Diggins".[7]


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,[8] 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.[citation needed]


  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. ^ Trumbull County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates[permanent dead link] Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 15 May 2007.
  4. ^ Overman, William Daniel (1958). Ohio Town Names. Akron, OH: Atlantic Press. p. 85.
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 204.
  6. ^ "Detailed map of Ohio" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2007-02-16.
  7. ^ Wyman, Richard V. "Oil Diggins, A Wild West Town in Ohio", in La Posta: A Journal of American Postal History, Vol. 31, number 3, July 2000, pp 48-51. Scappoose, Oregon: La Posta Publications.
  8. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.

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