DescriptionThree Native American villages once existed near the present city. In 1747 the Miami tribe built Pickawillany; shortly thereafter an English trading post, Fort Pickawillany, was established, but it was destroyed in 1752 by the French and their Native American allies. In 1780 the Shawnee tribe took possession of this territory. At the end of the century European-American settlers arrived, formally laying out a village in 1807.
The 1891 Fort Piqua Plaza, on the downtown public square at 116 W. High St., is a stone and brick Richardsonian Romanesque building that was once a hotel. The exterior features more than 100 carvings of faces, animals, plants, dragons and other creatures. Former visitors include Harry Houdini, Teddy Roosevelt and John Philip Sousa. It now houses the Piqua Public Library; phone (937) 773-6753.
Remnants of the Miami and Erie Canal, which reached the area in 1837, are visible from Lock Nine Riverfront Park.
Self-guiding toursSelf-guiding walking and driving maps and brochures detailing the historic district—including a brochure about Fort Piqua Plaza's art, architecture and historical artifacts—are available from the library.
ShoppingMiami Valley Centre Mall , at I-75 and US 36, features Elder-Beerman, JCPenney and Sears. Downtown Piqua has antique and specialty shops.
Things to SeeGarbry Big Woods Reserve and Sanctuary