One of the things that is cool about Miamisburg is that it’s a pretty, quite historic town, not just small town America. It was settled by Europeans in the late 18th century and I’m guessing a lot of the existing homes in the downtown area date back to the late 19th century. There are a lot of older homes in a fairly concentrated area, from what I’ve seen. There’s also a cool Carnegie library building that has been replaced by a newer building but sadly isn’t really used for much anymore.
Angie’s mom says the city still owns the building and rents it out, but not cheaply, plus it has no kitchen so it’s of limited use for many events.
Another claim to fame of the area is the Miamisburg Mound Laboratory, which was notable for being the site at which detonators were built for nuclear weapons. Angie said the facilities stretched deep into the hillsides. Now it seems to be a business or technology park.
The history of the area actually stretches rather further back than the arrival of the Europeans, and the main historic claim to fame of Miamisburg is the Miamisburg Mound, a Native American burial site. Signs at the site suggest the mound may have had other uses, none of which are mentioned on the city website about the site. I did read that the mound grew to its great size as graves were added to it over time. It’s about 65 feet tall (a little less than it was, due to excavation) and depending what you read, the largest such site in Ohio, the U.S. or the world. Even though the Adena Indians disappeared for unknown reasons, one would assume it’s still a sacred site, but it is now mainly a free tourist location, with 116 steps that go all the way to the top for a panoramic view of the area.
One other thing we enjoyed seeing at the park is that it’s also home to a shelter that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, one of the organizations founded during the Great Depression to help get people working and jumpstart the economy.
We didn’t stay super long at the park because the wind made the weather feel much colder than the 30-something degrees claimed by the thermometer and it wasn’t so fun being outside, though at least the sun did shine for part of the day. And it was nice to see something that makes the area unique.
Thanks for this blog and the wonderful pictures! Feeling a bit homesick now. I’ve always considered the Carnegie Library a treasure.
The old library was the one we grew up with. The children’s section was in the basement and I would get arm loads of books every time we went which was about once a week. They had a summer reading club. Mom and Bob worked at the Mound. Mom can fill you in on some of the history. There is also a really cool museum over by the Mound park that chronicles the history of the Mound plant.