Piqua from dawn to dusk

Piqua's history includes being the birthplace of silent film legend Buster Keaton. It's history is visible all over town — if you look closely enough.

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April 3, 2020 - 3:20 PM

The sun shines brightly on a memorial placard at the birth site of Buster Keaton in Piqua. Photo by Trevor Hoag / Iola Register

DAY THREE — I was sitting near the birthplace of silent film legend Buster Keaton in Piqua when Gov. Laura Kelly’s state-wide “stay at home order” came through.

The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the nation for the past few weeks had finally hit home.

In 1886, smallpox broke out in Piqua, whereupon the town was quarantined for six weeks.

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