Introduction to St. Marys, Ohio
St. Marys, Ohio, in Auglaize county, is 52 miles NW of Springfield, Ohio (center to center) and 83 miles NW of Columbus, Ohio. The city is located in the Lima metropolitan area and has a population of 8,342.
St. Marys History
Originally the city was named Kettletown after a Native American village in the same area. It was also named Girty's Town and Fort Barbee prior to being given its current name of St. Marys. From 1824 to 1840, the city was the county seat of Mercer County. St. Marys was legally established in 1823 and was incorporated in 1834. It became a city in 1904.
St. Marys and Nearby Attractions
- Ouabache State Park
- Grand Lake St. Marys State Park
- Auglaize County Historical Society - Mooney Museum
- Fort Amanda
- Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
Things To Do In St. Marys
Grand Lake St. Mary's has a large recreational area with facilities for camping, boating, fishing, and swimming. Miami & Erie Canal is also a popular location because of its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. Auglaize County Historical Society - Mooney Museum displays artifacts and photographs of early Auglaize history. St Mary's Memorial Park is located beside St. Mary's River on the west and the Miami & Erie Canal on the north side. Parks such as Indian Lake State Park, Kiser Lake State Park, and Buck Creek State Park are also located near St. Mary's.
St. Marys Transportation
Flights are available from James M Cox Dayton International Airport.
St. Marys Higher Education
The nearest colleges to the city are Ohio Northern University, Wright State University-Main Campus, and Sinclair Community College.