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photo by Tyrone Hemry 11 November 2011

Building on the right and the building in picture just below were pretty much twins

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Outback Printing 124 1/2 Main Street, now out of business

photo by Tyrone Hemry

Piketon Fire Trucks parked out side during Dogwood festival April 2010
photo by Tyrone Hemry
Piketon old Chevrolet fire truck April 2010 during Dogwood Festival
photo by Tyrone Hemry

Piketon Fire Department Goes Green, no CO2 come off this pumper except for the guys breathing hard working the pump

photo by Tyrone Hemry
Piketon, OH Fire House & Jail
This business was on the south side of Main Street
Silver Dollar Bar, Main Street, Piketon as it looked in 1978
This was the former Stage Coach Inn

The building was set on fire and burned down during the early 1980's. Supposedly by a disgruntled patron of the bar. It is now an empty lot on Market Street in Piketon near the Piketon Motel on the same side of the street.

View of Piketon showing Opera House, Old Court House, Old Jail etc. probably taken from the steeple of the Piketon Methodist Church

Bell Saloon may have been part of the Stage Coach Inn

Picture of Piketon Stage Coach Inn from a painting by Goodsell McCoy

Green Parrott Restaurant was located in building at one time.

From information about the death of John Wesley Breitenbach on 15 Oct 1949, The cause of death shows "fell from a stool in the Green Parrott Restaurant in Piketon"

The Pike County Court House in Piketon until 1861 when the county seat was moved to Waverly

First court house was a log structure where the park is now.

photo by Tyrone Hemry

Monuments located in the park

Howe-Wheeler-Boyer-Hornback Funeral Home
724 Main Street Piketon across the street from Veterans Memorial Park
photo by Tyrone Hemry

Veterans Park the former site of the Piketon Opera House. Note Court House behind the Park.

photo by Tyrone Hemry  August 2006

Piketon Hotel

Gas Station on Main Street in Piketon, OH

Armintrout's Garage and was also a Chevrolet dealer. In the later 70's and early 80's the building was used as Pike County Tire

This building replaced the Hotel that sat at this site.

New Opera House in Piketon 22 November 1909

    The opera house first activity held was a large dance to initiate the building. The building had a slant floor to start with and was used for live operas and high school commencement programs. A newspaper item on May 12, 1904 read "the opera house was closed due to a lack of patronage."
During its early years the east side of the building was used as village offices and the west side was used as township offices.
    In the early 1930's is was used as a motion picture theatre and films were shown there until June 1, 1954 and in 5 October 1954 Waverly News it was announced that they were removing all equipment and the theater would be close permanently.
   In the 1950's the slant floor was removed and the opera house was made into a youth center.
    In the 1950 Saturday nights featured the Piketon Jamboree with live country music, primarily the Bill Wiseman and Roy Ross bands.
    Sometime later, square dances started in the building and a stage was rebuilt and was used as a home for a Theatre group.
    Piketon Opera House burned down about 1985.

Information curtsey Jim Henry

Piketon Opera House and Piketon Hotel looking east


Main Street Piketon, OH looking east About 1915
New Opera House in Piketon 22 November 1909 on the right

Note building on left that is now gone. Later than this picture another building was built just to the east of it that looked almost the same. In the 1970's Gifford sold auto parts, hardware and groceries there. In 1980 it became Piketon Bargain Center also selling auto parts, hardware, and groceries. Last use that I remember it was a Cardo's Pizza.

Piketon Traveling Main Street pictures and Information

Originally called Jefferson and the first county seat of Pike County

January 4, 1815 the Ohio General Assembly created Pike county from parts of Adams, Ross and Scioto counties and named after General Zebulon Montgomery Pike who had recently been killed in the War of 1812. The legislation took effect on February 1 and stipulated that on the first Monday of March the initial election of county officers was to be held. Arthur Chenoweth's home was designated as the court house until a permanent court could be established. Commissioners appointed were Edward W. Tupper of Gallia County; George W. Barrere and John Davidson, both from Highland County. Forty-three acres on the east side of the Scioto River were set aside at twenty dollars an acre to lay out Piketon. Eli Sargent was appointed the director to pay Elisha Fitch for the land to lay off the town of Piketon. On June 1, 1815, the first sale of lots was held. Four lots were reserved for public square and buildings.

     Elisha Fitch had acquired the land from George and Sarah Guthrey, March 1815. Colonel John Gurthey came to the county in 1798 with a family of 12 children and had purchased the land for a full mile down river and east toward Beaver. John Nolan of Pennsylvania was the first settler to arrive on the site of Piketon in 1796.

The prehistoric Indians had built an enclosure at Piketon which contained a circle and a square, connected by 12 smaller circles and crescents. On a hill east of Piketon was a circular excavation 30 feet in diameter at the top and enclosed by a low wall.

     The first jail was a log structure built in 1816 and the first jail break came in 1819. The brick courthouse was started in 1817 and was finished by 1819. The 1820 census showed 4,131 whites and 122 Negroes.

     Everything went smoothly in the county till 1829 when the battle to move the county seat was started by James Emmitt. He hoped to increase the value of his holdings. The war lasted till 1861, when a referendum settled the issue. Emmitt had promised to build the Beaver Pike to a point opposite Waverly. This set him back $15,00 for the road and $20,000 for the bridge across the Scioto River.

     On February 7, 1843 the boundaries of the county was changed when six sections were taken from Jackson County to become part of Beaver Township and nine section form Pike county was given to Jackson County.