St. Patrick, Ohio

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Location of St. Patrick, Ohio
Memorial at the site of St. Patrick's Church

St. Patrick (also St. Patricks)[1] is an unincorporated community in southwestern Van Buren Township, Shelby County, Ohio, United States. It lies at the intersection of Hoying and Wright-Puthoff Roads, northwest of the city of Sidney,[2] the county seat of Shelby County.[3] Its elevation is 971 feet (296 m), and it is located at 40°22′15″N 84°17′15″W / 40.37083°N 84.28750°W / 40.37083; -84.28750 (40.3708815, -84.2874478).[1]

The community of St. Patrick was founded around St. Patrick's Catholic Church, which was established in the area in 1862. Unlike most parts of the heavily Catholic plains of far western Ohio, which were settled primarily by Germans, the population of St. Patrick was predominately Irish.[4] A post office was established in the community on 22 September 1893; when it was discontinued on 30 June 1904, mail went through the post office at Swanders.[5]

Today, St. Patrick is a very small community, due in part to a general decline in the rural population;[4] although the church was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979,[6] it has since closed and been destroyed.[7] A memorial sits at the site of the church.[8]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: St. Patrick, Ohio
  2. ^ DeLorme. Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer. 7th ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2004, 45. ISBN 0-89933-281-1.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ a b Brown, Mary Ann. Ohio Historic Inventory Nomination: St. Patrick Catholic Church. Ohio Historical Society, October 1977.
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Saint Patricks Post Office
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  7. ^ The Futures Project, Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Accessed 2010-03-10.
  8. ^ View of site provided by this picture.