The 172 acres that became Osborn MetroPark were once owned by Arah Osborn, a veteran of the War of 1812 who bought the land in 1836. Upon his death the property passed to his son, John and then to his grandson, Myron. Myron never married and when he died in 1932 he willed the land to the State of Ohio.
Although Myron hoped that the densely wooded area would be designated as a park, the state used it as a minimum-security prison farm for 60 to 70 inmates. The men worked the land, grew a variety of vegetables and raised hogs. (Video: Don and Bea Everett, Kidnapping Attempt, 2020)