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Allen County, OH has a rich and diverse history that spans over two centuries. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Shawnee and Delaware, before European settlers arrived in the late 1700s. The first permanent settlement in Allen County was established in 1815 along the Auglaize River, and the county itself was officially created in 1820.

The early economy in Allen County was primarily based on agriculture, with farmers cultivating crops like corn and wheat. However, the discovery of oil in the late 19th century brought about significant changes. Oil production became a major industry, leading to a boom in population and prosperity. Lima, the county seat, became known as the "Oil Center of the World" during this time.

In the early 20th century, Allen County experienced rapid industrialization. Manufacturing companies, including the Lima Locomotive Works, gained prominence and provided employment opportunities for many residents. The county's strategic location, with access to major transportation routes, further contributed to its industrial growth.

Over the years, Allen County has continued to evolve and diversify its economy. Today, it is home to a variety of industries, including healthcare, retail, and education. The county also boasts cultural attractions such as the Allen County Museum and the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center. With its blend of history, industry, and community, Allen County remains a vibrant and thriving part of Ohio.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Allen County, Ohio.

  • 1817 - Allen County is established by an act of the Ohio General Assembly.
  • 1831 - Lima, the county seat of Allen County, is founded.
  • 1848 - The Miami and Erie Canal reaches Lima, bringing increased trade and economic growth.
  • 1861-1865 - Allen County residents serve in the Civil War, with several regiments being raised from the area.
  • 1885 - The Ohio Electric Railway begins operating in Lima, providing transportation and promoting industrial development.
  • 1892 - Lima Oil Field is discovered, leading to an oil boom in the area and attracting oil companies.
  • 1908 - Lima's first automobile manufacturing company, the Clark Motor Car Company, is established.
  • 1958 - The Lima Army Tank Plant is opened, becoming a major employer in the county.
  • 1980s - Economic downturn affects the county, resulting in job losses and decline in manufacturing.
  • 1996 - The Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center opens in Lima, enhancing the city's cultural and entertainment offerings.
  • 2010 - Census reveals a population of over 100,000 residents in Allen County.