By Charlie Campbell
Miamisburg…some very interesting things to check out!
To find Miamisburg get on I-75 from downtown Dayton, head south and look for the exit that is Ohio Route 725 and head west.
When you arrive in the downtown area you will see their wonderful mural that represents Miamisburg from a long time ago to now.
Right across the street is the Miamisburg Civic Center. Little Turtle was a famous Miami Indian and a sculpture of him is right there.
You can easily drive around a few blocks to see the Miami River and the downtown area of Miamisburg. While you are exploring look for some signs saying “Miamisburg Mound.” The road you are looking for is Mound Avenue and just follow it.
As you are driving along you will see the Mound Golf Course which is a public 9-hole course. It’s open year round and usually is in excellent condition.
Keep driving along and then you will see the mound. Drive past it and turn east and pull into the parking lot.
Miamisburg Mound is one of the two largest conical mounds in eastern North America. It is a burial mound built by the people that archaeologists have called the Adena culture (800 B.C. to 100 A.D.). Miamisburg Mound is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is 65 feet tall, 800 feet in circumference, and contains 54,000 cubic yards of earth, which corresponds to the contents of more than 3,400 dump trucks.
On the Miamisburg Mound, steps have been built to the top observation platform so you can climb the 116 steps for a wonderful view of the area. As you are looking to the west you will see where the Mound Laboratories and Plant were located.
The Mound Plant, built in 1947, was situated on a 306–acre site. The workers, who numbered more than 2,000 at the height of the production, made plutonium detonators for nuclear weapons. Their work was very classified. The plant had a small army of security guards and was ringed by chain-link fencing and razor wire. When the Cold War ended, the plant discontinued the detonator work, but it continued to make nuclear power generators for space probes. In May 1993 U.S Department of Energy decided to end all production at the Mound.
To have an understanding of all the activities that were happening go to the Mound Science and Energy Museum. It is across the street from the Mound.
The Mound Science and Energy Museum collects, preserves and makes publicly accessible the remaining heritage of the Mound Laboratory, its workers and its site.
You have now had a chance to see and learn about Miamisburg, Ohio. It’s time to plan your own visit!
Please Note: The Dayton CVB has compensated me for my thoughts on Miamisburg.