Tippecanoe City Was

Founded in 1840

The History of Tippecanoe City

Tippecanoe City was founded in 1840, along the developing Miami and Erie Canal. Its name derives from Presidential candidate William Henry Harrison’s nickname, Tippecanoe, which derived from his heroism at the Battle of Tippecanoe, November 7, 1811.

The early city was a popular stopping-off point for the boatmen. The original downtown included a large number of bars and a red light district. The now dry canal locks can be seen just East of downtown. As Tippecanoe City grew, it merged with Hyattsville, a contemporaneous village located on Hyatt Street. Cowlesville and Ginghamsburg are other villages in Monroe township that may be likewise annexed in the future.

Development of the railroads in the 1850’s and 1860’s put the canals out of business and slowed the city’s initially rapid growth. Ruins of a repair shop (yard barn) for the old Inter-Urban rail system can still be seen on the outskirts of town.

The development of U.S. Highway 25 (County Road 25-A) and subsequently Interstate 75 brought construction and vibrance back to the town.

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Contact Details

City Manager’s Office

260 S. Garber Drive Tipp City, OH 45371


(937) 667-8425

Upcoming Events

Restoration Board

Jun 27, 2017 | 260 S Garber Drive
7:30 PM at the Tipp City Government Center     The Restoration Board meeting is held on the fourth Tuesday each month.

Independence Day

Jul 4, 2017 | 260 S. Garber Drive
City offices closed in observance of Independence Day

Parks Board

Jul 10, 2017 | 260 S. Garber Drive
The Parks Board meets at 7PM on the second Monday of odd months.  Meetings are held at the Tipp City Government Center, 260 S. Garber Drive, Tipp City, OH, 45371

City Council

Jul 17, 2017 | 260 S. Garber Drive
City Council Meetings begin at 7:30PM and are held at the Tipp City Government Center 260 S. Garber Drive Tipp City, OH 45371