History of the Library Park Miamisburg Ohio
35 S. Fifth St. Miamisburg OH 45342
The location of the first cemetery was on the corner of First
and Central Avenues, later the location of the police and fire department and
now the present site of Miamisburg Civic Center. In 1850, the council of
Miamisburg, by ordinance, laid out another cemetery in the east part of town,
the present site of the Library Park. The bodies of the first cemetery
were moved to the second cemetery in 1850. A wooden fence surrounded the
graves so individuals would not pasture their cows on the sacred land.
This site remained a cemetery until the late eighties when the Hill Grove
Cemetery was started in 1864. Bodies were moved to the new site but, in
1965 when the city was putting in a water line in the park for the fountain,
they discovered a cast-iron pigeon-toed type coffin. A well preserved male
body dressed in well preserved clothing was found. The body was laid to
rest in Highland Cemetery on June 20, 1965. I was able to see the coffin
at the Bell Vault Co, before it was taken to Highland Cemetery.
The base of the water fountain in the center of the park was at
one time in back of the Market Square Building where it was used as a watering
trough for the horses used by the firemen. It was moved to the light
plant, moved to the Library Park where is still stands. A pretty focal
point in the park. This move was made in 1965. A bandstand was
located on the west side of the park from the center over to the railroad.
I remember this being in the park in the 1930's, but have no idea when it was
constructed or when it was torn down. It was a cement base 4 feet high
with a wooden structure on top. It was quite ornate and open so you could
see members of the band playing.
The Carnegie Library was started in 1909 and finished in 1910.
John Plocher of Miamisburg was the contractor. The cornerstone was laid on
July 15, 1909.
The huge stone located at the front of the Library Park facing
Central Avenue came from Farmersville Ohio. Bill Mobley has a group of men
along with some legionaries install the stone. The year was 1926.
Thanks to Dr. C. T. Hunt who researched the names which were put on the plaque
on the stone. These names were men who lost their lives in W.W. 1. The
installation of the stone cost $50.00. The Ten Commandments was donated by
the Bell Vault Monument Company in memory of Calvin Bell. There are 2
other stones along side the others. One represents the Korean conflict
1950 - 1953. The other Vietnam conflict 1964 - 1973.
A branch of the
Dayton Montgomery County Public Library,
Miamisburg opened April 5, 1981. It is located on the east side of Library Park
facing 5th street.
Thanks to George Dunahue for the history
Alice in Miamisburgland January 26, 2011
Miamisburg Library Park 100th Anniversary Pictures and Videos May 8, 2010
Miamisburg Starving Artist September 11, 2011