The Shawnee tribe residing here was ultimately removed from Ohio and sent to Kansas by 1832, opening up the land for settlement. Wapakoneta was officially platted in Allen County in 1833 and was later designated the county seat of the newly formed Auglaize County in early 1848. The town experienced a surge in growth and development with the arrival of the Dayton & Michigan Railroad in 1858. It soon became a leading shipping hub in this region of Ohio. By the late 1800s, Wapakoneta’s population grew immensely and its industrial sector became more and more diversified—leading to the establishment of a thriving downtown district.
In 1969, Wapakoneta earned worldwide recognition after Neil Armstrong, a native son, became the first man to walk on the moon. This strong connection with the space program can be seen at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum. Other prominent residents from the community’s earliest days are memorialized through street names, and the preservation of many of Wapakoneta’s historic structures ensures the past will always be remembered.
While Wapakoneta continues to embrace its historic hometown feel, it is also a progressive city that maintains a keen eye on the future. With excellent business opportunities, attractively priced homes and access to outstanding culture and recreation, Wapakoneta embodies the perfect balance of small-town living with big city amenities.