One of Ohio’s Strangest Tourist Attractions

Display of items people have swallowed at Allen County Museum
Display of items people have swallowed at Allen County Museum

This week’s selection from my book, ‘Ohio Oddities” is something that every parent has probably feared or even had to cope with.  A child trying to swallow a coin or other object.  But did you know there is a collection in Ohio of things people swallowed?  This is the way we reported in the book:

 “Estey Yingling started the collection.  His son, Walter “Bud” Yingling continued it and ultimately donated it to the Allen County Historical Museum.  Father and son, both physicians (ear, nose and throat specialists) collected objects swallowed by local residents, including patients at nearby Lima State Mental Hospital.  “I’ve never really counted them,” said John Carnes, curator of the largest county museum in Ohio, “But there is well over a hundred.”  Asked what might be the prize of the collection Carnes said,  “There’s a large wood screw that really stands out.”

 The museum is located at 620 West Market Street in Lima, 419-222-9426 or you can visit them on line at

 If you would like to read more about other odd attractions in the Buckeye State I would suggest you pick up a copy of my book.  “Ohio Oddities is available at or in most major bookstores.  It can also be obtained from the publisher, Gray & Co., Cleveland, Ohio.