Piqua just may be the most interesting town you never heard of!

Hugging the Great Miami River in west central Ohio, its 20,000 residents enjoy small town life, like those of countless other cities of a similar size.

BUT, did you know Piqua has fascinated secrets to share?

Don Gentile statue, Main street, Piqua, Ohio

Piqua’s Rich History!

The first Black international superstars, the Mill Brothers, came from Piqua

It was the site of the first atomic reactor in the world to provide electric power to area residents (and Piqua was known as the Atomic City).

It was home to Medal of Honor recipient William Pitsenbarger, whose story was told in the popular movie, “The Las Full Measure,” and to World War II flying ace Don Gentile.



French Oil Mill Machinery Co.

Piqua’s Illustrious Industries

The city’s own Hartzell Propeller, Inc., made the propeller for Orville Wright’s second airplane – and continues to make propellers for flyers today.

Another Piqua company, Atlas Underwear, aided flyers of a different sort. It provided underwear to the country’s first astronauts.

A third firm here constructed the hearse that carried President John Kennedy’s body.

The bottle of vegetable oil in your cupboard was probably pressed on French Oil Mill Machinery machines, used around the world.

Jackson Tube produces steel tubes for automobiles and refrigerators. Are they in yours?

And those are just a few of the tales Piqua can tell.

Tour groups who stop in Piqua will hear about all that and more!