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Headlines

Hook-Waltz Road Bridge Under Constuction, 8-28-14 full story...

Ream Road Bridge To Be Closed For Replacement, 8-1-14 full story...

Contract Awarded for Three Allen County Bridge Replacements Through ODOT's Ohio Bridge Partnership Program, 6-26-14 full story...

County Applies for Emergency Funds for Thayer Road Bridge, 6-19-14 full story...

Allen County Engineer Hires GIS Technician, 6-10-14 full story...

Elida Road To Be Sealed, 6-9-14 full story...

Shawnee Road Project Awarded to Eagle Bridge Co., 4-29-14 full story...

Allen County Government Entities Unanimously Endorse State Issue 1 on May Ballot, 4-10-14 full story...

County and Township Crews Fight Snow Storms, 1-27-14 full story...

Lt. Governor Mary Taylor Visits Allen County Garage For Press Conference, 1-23-14 full story...

New Phone System Installed at the Allen County Engineer's Office, 11-21-14 full story...

Ohio Winter Safety Awareness, 11-8-13 full story...

Governor Kasich Announces Bridge Funding Program For County Bridges, 10-31-13 full story...

ACE Employee Fall Cookout, 10-28-13 full story...

Allen County Mechanics Rebuild Stone Chipper, 7-8-13 full story...

Ohio Budget Bill Contains No Funding for County Bridge Replacements, ODOT Directed to Assist Counties, 6-25-13 full story...

Six Additional Bridge Load Limits, 5-30-13 full story...

Allen County Engineer Testifies Before Ohio Senate Ways & Means Committee, 5-22-13 full story...

Four New Bridge Load Limits, 5-15-13 full story...

Allen County Engineer Testifies in Ohio Senate About CAT Tax, 5-10-13 full story...

Speed Limit Changes within the Old Village of Fort Shawnee, 5-1-13 full story...

Allen County has an area of 405 square miles and a population of 106,331 (2010 census). The county seat is Lima, Ohio, which lies in the center of the county. Allen County has 12 townships: Amanda, American, Auglaize, Bath, Jackson, Marion, Monroe, Perry, Richland, Shawnee, Spencer and Sugar Creek. The county has an interstate highway, I-75, and a U.S. route, U.S. 30. The Allen County Airport lies southeast of Lima in Perry Township.

Commissioners Meetings are normally Wednesdays at 9:00 AM on the third floor of the Court of Appeals Building: 204 North Main Street; Lima, Ohio 45801.

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Brief History:

The history of Allen County links closely to the development of the Northwest Territory. French and English explorers of the early 1700’s made the area a major fur trading center. Due to the vast, heavily wooded swampland formed by receding glaciers of the Ice Age, it was known as the “Black Swamp.” The first settlement in the county was Fort Amanda, constructed during the War of 1812 to protect Ohio from British invasion and Indian attacks. The conclusion of the War of 1812 led to further development of the Northwest Territory and the first permanent settlement in the area was in 1831. Allen County is named for Colonel John Allen, a participant in the War of 1812. Residents established the county on February 12, 1820. Lima was officially named and designated as the county seat and was incorporated in 1842. By the 1860’s, lumber and milling became the area’s major industry. With the rapid expansion of the Midwest in the 1850’s, Lima became a major junction point for five railroad freight and passenger lines. This resulted in the founding of the Lima Locomotive Works, the third largest producer of locomotives in the nation. The subsequent discovery of oil in 1885 made Lima/Allen County a major industrial retail trade center of the Midwest.