city, seat (1820) of Logan county, west central Ohio, U.S., about 45 miles (70 km) northwest of Columbus. The site was once occupied by a Shawnee village called Blue Jacket's Town (for a Shawnee chief who was one of the tribal leaders at the Battle of Fallen Timbers ). The first American settlers arrived in 1806; the village was named Bellefontaine ("Beautiful Fountain") in 1820 for the local natural springs. It became a service centre for a farming area, but its early importance as a railroad town has declined. Industries include the manufacture of power tools, circuit breakers, electric motors, machinery, and plating. The first concrete street in America was laid around the courthouse in 1891. The state's highest point, Campbell Hill (1,549 feet [472 metres]), is 2 miles (3 km) east. Also in the vicinity are Indian Lake State Park, the Ohio and Zane caverns, and the Piatt Castles, Mac-A-Cheek (1864, built in the style of a Norman chateau) and Mac-O-Chee (1879, modelled after a Flemish castle). Inc. village, 1835; city, 1895. Pop. (2000) 13,069; (2005 est.) 13,009.
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