Statues represent a great deal of things including events, historical locations and famous people. When you live in an area so rich in history like we do it is easy to find some statues that help tell the story of your towns past. While driving out and about for the #30Places30Days travel challenge I found two statues right in town that I had forgotten all about. See it’s easy to go through your normal routine or your normal route to work or run errands and forget what unusual things are right in your own neck of the woods!
Right downtown on High Street, near the old Piqua Daily Call which is now Winan’s Chocolates and Coffees headquarters, is a statue located near a sign stating “Veterans Memorial Way”. Big Red and Lil’ Red were the only kids with me for this adventure so Big Red stood by this sign.
The statue is Domenic Salvatore Gentile who destroyed 32 enemy aircraft and was awarded honors from both the U.S and R.A.F.
This particular statue is on a cylindrical concrete pillar which stands about 5 feet tall which the Domenic Salvatore Gentile statue was placed on top.
Here’s a picture of the plaque on the side on the pillar with a little bit more information.
Across town on the West side is Pitsenbarger Sports Complex off McKinley Ave and South St. The sports complex is named after Airman 1st Class William H. Pitsenbarger.
You can see from the up close picture below that he earned both the Congressional Medal of Honor and Air Force Cross.
If you take a quick trip south to Troy you will find another statue at Duke Park which is located on Troy-Sidney Road. This park is a fun recreational area that includes a playground, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, football fields, tennis court, and paved path for biking and walking.
West of Piqua, you will find Covington, Ohio home of Buffalo Jacks Restaurant. This Buffalo statue is located in front of Buffalo Jacks Restaurant.
This Indian Statue is also located in front of Buffalo Jacks. Both are a great photo opp for families who might be traveling home to visit family or anyone traveling in the area.
I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse of some of the statues located in Miami County, Ohio!
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