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.