West Jefferson, OH


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West Jefferson is a village in Madison County, Ohio, United States. The population was 4,331 at the 2000 census. Located along U.S. Route 40, the village has a fairly close relationship with the surrounding township, which include various out-of-corporation-limit neighborhoods (including Haymarket Road, Olmstead Road, Forrest Lake Estates, Goodson Road/Enchanted Valley, and North and South Road). The village boasts a "Commerce Park" at its western edge which includes a Target Distribution Center, a Krazy Glue factory, and Jefferson Industries.
Major attractions include the Ox Roast (a fair-like festival every Labor Day), Converse and Garrette Parks, several large churches, and Jefferson Schools sports events. The schools' sports teams are "Roughriders", including a high school football team that claims a record for consecutive winning seasons (which ended in 2001).
West Jefferson is also host to a campus of Battelle Memorial Institute, one of America's primary research laboratories. The West Jefferson labs were developed at a time when its location was buffered by thousands of acres of farmland. The Battelle property is bordered by the Big Darby Creek, which is a tributary of the Scioto River, which feeds into the Ohio River and ultimately the Mississippi River.