Introduction to Wapakoneta, Ohio
Wapakoneta, Ohio, in Auglaize county, is 48 miles NW of Springfield, Ohio (center to center) and 75 miles NW of Columbus, Ohio. The city, which is considered part of the Lima metropolitan area, has a population of 9,474.
The Ottawa Native Americans occupied Wapakoneta before they left Ohio, and the Shawnee Native Americans settled in the city by 1798. By 1808, numerous Native American tribes were in Wapakoneta. They were mainly agriculturists who had adopted methods introduced by missionaries. The first sawmill and gristmill in the northwestern part of Ohio was located in Wapakoneta. After the Shawnee and Seneca tribes left in 1831, the area was occupied by white settlers. During the 1880's, the oil and natural gas drilling industry grew in addition to the agriculture industry.
Wapakoneta Nearby Attractions
- Allen County Museum
- Fort Amanda
- Grand Lake St. Marys State Park
- Gilboa Quarry - Ottawa
- Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum
- Piqua Historical Area
Things To Do In Wapakoneta
There are a number of museums near Wapakoneta like the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum, the Bicycle Museum of America, and Allen County Museum. The Grand Lake St. Marys State Park offers opportunities for activities like camping, boating, swimming, fishing, and hunting. Gilboa Quarry is also a popular place of interest nearby. Fort Recovery houses a museum, and is the memorial site of the defeat of the forces of General Arthur St. Clair's forces by the Miami Indians.
Flights are available from James M. Cox Dayton International Airport.
Wapakoneta Higher Education
Ohio Northern University, the University of Findlay, and Wittenberg University are some of the colleges located near Wapakoneta.