TRANSPORTATION IN ALLEN COUNTY

Visitors can see early examples of transportation in Allen County through its diverse display of carts and wagons, buggies, bikes and vehicles. In addition, visitors can enjoy a partially restored street car platform and a fully restored Shay Engine #10 locomotive engine.

THE WORLD'S LARGEST OIL FIELD

Capturing a glimpse of one of Allen County’s largest industries, this photo highlights our extensive collection relating to the local oil industry. Enjoy displays of tools, models, photos, and company artifacts, products, and documents. 

In 1885, Benjamin Faurot accidentally hit oil while drilling for gas and water next to his Lima Paper Mill along the Ottawa River.  This event set into motion a flurry of wildcatting and speculation, unparalleled by any other discovery.  For the next fifteen years, the Lima Oil Field, which covered most of northwest Ohio, and parts of Indiana, was the largest oil field in the world.

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HOURS

BEGINNING JUNE 27, 2020

Tuesday - Friday 

  1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

   We encourage those at risk to start

    the afternoon with us at 1:00 p.m.

 

Saturday

  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m .

   We encourage those at risk to start

    the afternoon with us at 1:00 p.m.

Closed Sundays, Mondays And Major Holidays

     The Children's Discovery Center is not open       yet but does have Take It and Make It crafts.

The MacDonell House opens July 1st with limited numbers for each tour.

  The Library opens July 1st by appointment only.   

ADDRESS

 620 West Market Street 

Lima, OH  45801

(419) 222-9426

ADMISSION

Museum:   Suggested Donation  $5

MacDonell House:   $3 charge

for non-members 9 & over

 

 

 

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