Welcome to Downtown Findlay!
Today, the downtown area is full of beautifully restored buildings and architectural elements from our historical past. These buildings house a wide range of dining, shopping, and entertainment venues for all ages. Visit our beautiful downtown to enjoy one of our unique restaurants, shop a boutique for that perfect find, and have fun with friends at one of our one-of-a-kind festivals. Downtown Findlay is the place for all ages to gather to remember our past and create new memories!
Findlay’s origin dates back more than 200 years. The earliest known settler of Hancock County was a Frenchman by the name of Jean Jacques Blanchard. Blanchard arrived here in 1769 and settled with the Shawnee tribe of Native Americans.
It was not until the war of 1812 that Findlay was founded. In that year, Colonel James Findlay commanded a regiment for General Hull. He moved the Ohio Frontier Army from Dayton to Detroit, opening a road to the Blanchard River and building a stockade. That stockade was named Fort Findlay in his honor. The fort stood west of the spot where the Main Street Bridge today crosses the Blanchard River in our downtown.
The city’s population grew rapidly in 1886 when gas and oil were discovered. With this discovery, thousands came to see the famous gas wells and the first practical use of natural gas in mechanical arts was developed in Findlay. As a result of the boom, the town quadrupled in population virtually overnight and continued to grow.