Wapakoneta, Ohio

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Wapakoneta (pronounced /ˌwɑːpɑːkəˈnɛtə/, WAH-pah-kə-NET-tə) is a city in and the county seat of Auglaize County[3], Ohio, United States with a population of 9,474 as of the 2000 U.S. census. It is the principal city of and is included in the Wapakoneta, Ohio Micropolitan S A, which is included in the Lima-Van Wert-Wapakoneta, Ohio CSA. The community is served by the Wapakoneta City School District.

The city is the birthplace of Neil Armstrong (the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum is located in Wapakoneta), and Kent Boyd, dancer. Oscar-winning screenwriter Dudley Nichols and romance novel writer Jennifer Crusie were also born in the city. Kent Boyd was the runner-up on Season 7 (2010) of So You Think You Can Dance

Wapakoneta is a sister city to Lengerich, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.



Wapakoneta was an important site to the Ottawa Native Americans prior to leaving Ohio. By 1798, the Shawnee Native Americans had made Wapakoneta their headquarters. By 1808, there were reports of more than five hundred Shawnees, Senecas, and Mingo Native Americans living at Wapakoneta, including Black Hoof.

The Native Americans of Wapakoneta adopted the agricultural methods that the missionaries from the Society of Friends had introduced to them. The Native Americans worked to prove that they had indeed adopted the life of the white settlers. Wapakoneta was the location of the first sawmill and gristmill in northwest Ohio. In 1810, the United States sent a government agent to help the Native Americans. This did not last since the federal government removed the agent for failing to submit appropriate paperwork.

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