Introduction to Bellefontaine, Ohio
The Miami American Indians were among the original inhabitants of this region. In the mid-1700s, this area was dominated by the Shawnee Nation whose settlement was known as "Blue Jacket's Town." White settlers arrived in the 1800s, and the community of Bellefontaine was officially laid out in 1820. According to records, the name "Bellefontaine" is derived from a French word meaning "beautiful spring." The place was named because of the presence of springs in the region. The first concrete road in the nation was built in Bellefontaine in 1801. The city was officially incorporated in 1835. In the 1890s, the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railroad established a terminal in Bellefontaine, and constructed its largest roundhouse between St. Louis and New York in this city.
Bellefontaine and Nearby Attractions
- Ohio State Capitol
- Organette House Mechanical Music Museum
- Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
- Indian Lake State Park
- Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum
- Columbus Topiary Garden
Things To Do In Bellefontaine
Campbell Hill, which is a popular destination in Bellefontaine, marks the highest point in elevation in Ohio. Organette House Mechanical Music Museum showcases collections of organettes and mechanical musical instruments. The Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum, Springfield Museum of Art, Piqua Historical Area, Fort Amanda and the Ohio State Capitol are other historic sites and museums in the area. Opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, picnicking and camping are available at the Kiser Lake State Park and Indian Lake State Park. The city is also home to a number of parks including the Mary Rutan Park, Blue Jacket Park, Fred Carter Park and Southview Park. The other attractions near Bellefontaine are the Columbus Topiary Garden, Six Flags Wyandot Lake, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium and Cox Arboretum & Gardens Metropark. Residents also host the Logan County Fair every July.
Bellefontaine Regional Airport is located in the city.
Bellefontaine Higher Education
Ohio State University, and Urbana University operate satellite campuses in Bellefontaine. Other colleges nearby include the Ohio Northern University, Wittenberg University and Cedarville University.