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Minford is a census-designated place located on the border of Harrison and Madison Townships in northeastern Scioto County. It is about 14 miles (23 km) northeast of the county seat of Portsmouth.

The community was originally formed as Harrisonville in 1859, but its name was changed to Minford in 1917 due to the construction of the C&O Railroad, as there was another town along the railroad already named Harrisonville.

Minford is situated in rolling hills of the Appalachian Plateau and the Unglaciated Allegheny Plateau. These Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio, especially in nearby Shawnee State Park and Forest, have been nicknamed the "Little Smokies"

The Little Scioto River runs adjacent (east) of Minford and continues southward through the Minford area toward Sciotoville where it flows into the Ohio River.

The area consists of deciduous forests and is within the ecoregion of Appalachian mixed mesophytic forests.

Being located in extreme southern Ohio, approximately 7 miles (11 km) from the Ohio River and Ohio-Kentucky border, the climate of Minford lies in the transitional/borderline region of two climate zones, the humid continental climate and the humid subtropical climate. However, the climate is closer to the humid continental climate. Minford's weather is characterized by warm humid summers, cold wet winters, with brisk temperate spring and fall seasons. Rainfall amounts peak in late spring through summer (May to August).

The center of Minford is located at the junction of State Route 335 and State Route 139. However, the Minford Local School District covers most of Madison and Harrison townships, including places of different zip codes.

Minford's post office has the zip code of 45653. Other ZIP codes in Harrison and Madison Townships include 45648 (Lucasville), 45662 (Portsmouth), and 45694 (Wheelersburg).

State Route 139
Minford's postal and office business district lies on South SR 139. New Boston is just 10 miles (16 km) south and Jackson is just a little over 21 miles (34 km) north. SR 335 intersects with the route.

State Route 335
Minford's business and school district lies on South SR 335. Sciotoville is just 7 miles (11 km) south and SR 32 is just a little over 14 miles (23 km) north. SR 139 intersects with the route. As well as Lucasville-Minford Road and Bennett Road.

Lucasville-Minford Road
Minford's major truck and countryside route. It carries truckers and commuters from US 23 in Lucasville to SR 335 in Mule Town towards Minford to US 52 in Sciotoville. It becomes SR 728 in Valley township near the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility to the road's terminus at US 23.

High Street
A subsidiary route that carries truckers and commuters from SR 335 to Lucasville-Minford Road in Mule Town. The route is just over 1 mile (1.6 km) long. SR 139 intersects with the route.

Post Office
Minford is the home of Scioto County's fifth post office.[4] However, the original building is no longer standing; a new post office was recently constructed at that location in 2000.[5] The post office sits on the corner of SR 139 and West Street, with High Street on the east side.

Telephone, Cable and Internet Services
Minford has its own Telephone, Cable and Internet Services company for residences in Minford and Stockdale, that offers Dial-Up internet access to all of Scioto County and DSL to Minford and Stockdale subscribers only. The phone company sits on the corner of SR 139 and High Street.


Notable Residents
PGA Tour golfer, Bob Sowards
WSAZ-TV sportscaster, Bob Bowen, who coined the phrase "Mighty Minford Falcons."

UPDATED 7.21.15
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