St. Marys, Ohio

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St. Marys is a city in Auglaize County, Ohio, United States. The population was 8,342 at the 2000 census.[3] It is included in the Wapakoneta, Ohio Micropolitan Statistical Area.



St. Marys has gone by a variety of names, the first of which was the name of a Native American village on the same location—Kettletown.[citation needed]

Formerly known as "Fort Barbee" and "Girty's Town", St. Marys was the county seat of Mercer County from 1824 until 1840 when the seat was moved to Celina. After Auglaize County was organized in 1848, St. Marys competed with Wapakoneta for the position as county seat but was ultimately unsuccessful in a controversial countywide election.[4]

Three properties in St. Marys are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the former Fountain Hotel,[5] the Dr. Issac Elmer Williams House and Office,[5] and the former Holy Rosary Catholic Church, which was destroyed one year before it was placed on the Register.[5][6]


St Marys is located at 40°32′39″N 84°23′24″W / 40.54417°N 84.39°W / 40.54417; -84.39 (40.544256, -84.390060).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.3 km²), of which, 4.3 square miles (11.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.69%) is water.

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