City of Sidney
201 W Poplar Street
Sidney, OH 45365
Phone (937) 498-2335
The City of Sidney, named after Sir Philip Sidney, a well-known poet
and member of British Parliament, was originally a 70-acre parcel of land
located along the west side of the Great Miami River. This land was donated
by Charles Starrett to be used as the site of a new town which was to
become the county seat of Shelby County. The area around Sidney was once
the richly-forested hunting ground of the Shawnee and Miami Indian nations.
This fertile area was developed as agricultural lands over time
The construction of the Miami-Erie Canal between 1825 and 1837 connected
Sidney in a north/south direction with the major trade centers in Ohio.
In addition to opening the first significant "outside" trade
for Sidney, the construction of the canal also attracted an influx of
settlers to the area.
As the influence of the canal declined, another transportation element,
railroads, began to develop in Sidney. East-west rail began to be laid
in 1851, followed by north-south rail in 1856. Sidney is still served
by these railroad lines today.
In the 1950's, another transportation element, the Interstate Highway,
would play a significant role in the development of Sidney. Today, Interstate
75 connects Sidney with Canada to the north, and Florida to the south.
Sidney has four interchanges with Interstate 75, providing quick and convenient
access for both commercial and industrial users.
Today, Sidney is a progressive, growth-oriented community of approximately
21,000 population. Sidney offers an historic downtown featuring the famous
Louis Sullivan designed People's Savings & Loan building, the Monumental
Building (erected as a monument to those Shelby Countians who died in
the Civil War), and the Shelby County Courthouse. The Courthouse, which
occupies one city-block known as Court Square, was recently named as one
of the "Great American Public Places".
Another unique characteristic of Sidney is its outstanding parks and
recreation system. When the City's first comprehensive plan was being
developed in the mid-1950s, the City decided that it would be an attractive
feature to have a park or recreation area within a half-mile of every residence.
This goal has resulted in a system of 14 neighborhood parks, a baseball
complex, softball complex, soccer complex, municipal swimming pool, and
the 180-acre Tawawa Park, a nature and picnic area.
Sidney offers a variety of employment opportunities, a variety of housing
stock, and an unsurpassed level of quality of life amenities. Regardless
of whether you are looking for a place to locate your business, to establish
a home, or just to visit, Sidney, Ohio has what you're looking for!
||Chosen as County Seat for Shelby County
||* * POPULATION: 240
||Incorporated as Village.
||* * POPULATION: 500 - 600
||Canal opened through City.
||First Fire Department established. (Essentially a "bucket brigade")
After Water Works was built, improvements were made.
||* * POPULATION: 2,808
||First waterworks in operation (mostly for fire protection).
||First sidewalks installed (some areas around town square).
||Natural gas introduced.
||Electric lights (usually 1 or 2 lights in businesses only)
Residential lighting came later
||First telephones installed.
||First graded streets.
||Incorporated as a city.
||* * POPULATION: 5,688
||Main, Ohio, Court, & Poplar streets paved.
||First sewers installed.
||Western Ohio Interurban Lines opened. (Closed in 1930's)
||New Municipal Building built.
Previously City offices were housed in Monumental Building.
||All city streets have by now been paved.
||Charter government established.
||Income Tax approved.
|| POPULATION: 18,710
|| POPULATION: 20,211