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Little Cities of Black Diamonds is proud to announce registration for the 2018 Tour de Forest Benefit Bicycle Ride is now live!

For the thirteenth year in a row The Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council is hosting it’s Tour de Forest ride on April 21st where riders will have the opportunity to choose from multiple bicycle routes spanning from a ‘set your own length’ ride at 20 miles, to a 53 mile gravel route, and even a 75 mile (metric century) road route, that pass through the cities and forest that make up our microregion! For more information and registration information please visit We hope we’ll see you there!

Little Cities of Black Diamonds Company Store open for business!

It’s finally here! The Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council is proud to announce that we’ve opened up the Company Store. we now have an online shop open for and ready for business!
Check it out, and see our new Little Cities of Black Diamonds long sleeve T-shirts new for 2018, and while you’re there pick yourself up a copy of Carrying Coal to Columbus by David Meyers, Elise Meyers, and Nyla Vollmer as they share the history of the coal from its discovery in the Hocking Valley to the first loads of coal being shipped to Columbus and beyond today!

Transportation Transforms The Region

Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day 2017

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On Sunday, October 15 The Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council will be hosting the 23rd Annual Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day in Shawnee Ohio, from noon to five pm.

This years theme is Passages To Change: Transportation Transforms the Region. ALCBD Transportation Exhibit Title Panel Option focus on the evolution of transportation in the region from Native American footpaths, to railroads, to the modern highways and recreational trails that cross the region.  The impact of various transportation advances will be explored, as well as consideration of the future role of recreational and tourism transportation in the future.

 There will be live music, wagon rides, food, legal beverages, vendors, guest speakers, kids activities, a walking tour and exhibits.  At 3PM there will be a Procession of Transport History down Main Street showcasing transportation from footpaths to canals-from trains and cars to drones.  Contacts us at 740-277-5030 or via e-mail at if you wish to join the parade.  Antique cars, bicyclists, electric cars and backpackers are needed.

Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to learn about the regions rich history, making new friends and enjoying the company of old ones with us!  Shawnee is located in southern Perry County at the intersection of State Routes 93 & 155 in the Wayne National Forest. For a complete schedule click here.


All The News That’s Fit to Print:  BDP 2017

Learn about the many inspiring stories of citizens valuing their story in the Little Cities microregion of southeastern Ohio by reading the full version of this year’s Black Diamond Press by clicking here: Black Diamond Press 2017.