A Historical Guidebook to Old Columbus: Finding the Past in the Present in Ohio's Capital City

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Ever look at a modern skyscraper or a vacant lot and wonder what was there before? Or maybe you have passed an old house and been curious about who lived there long ago. This richly illustrated new book celebrates Columbus, Ohio’s, two-hundred-year history and supplies intriguing stories about the city’s buildings and celebrated citizens, stopping at individual addresses, street corners, parks, and riverbanks where history was made. As Columbus celebrates its bicentennial in ...

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A Historical Guidebook to Old Columbus: Finding the Past in the Present in Ohio's Capital City

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Overview

Ever look at a modern skyscraper or a vacant lot and wonder what was there before? Or maybe you have passed an old house and been curious about who lived there long ago. This richly illustrated new book celebrates Columbus, Ohio’s, two-hundred-year history and supplies intriguing stories about the city’s buildings and celebrated citizens, stopping at individual addresses, street corners, parks, and riverbanks where history was made. As Columbus celebrates its bicentennial in 2012, a guide to local history is very relevant.

Like Columbus itself, the city’s history is underrated. Some events are of national importance; no one would deny that Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession down High Street was a historical highlight. But the authors have also included a wealth of social and entertainment history from Columbus’s colorful history as state capital and destination for musicians, artists, and sports teams.

The book is divided into seventeen chapters, each representing a section of the city, including Statehouse Square, German Village, and Franklinton, the city’s original settlement in 1797. Each chapter opens with an entertaining story that precedes the site listings. Sites are clearly numbered on maps in each section to make it easy for readers to visit the places that pique their interest. Many rare and historic photos are reproduced along with stunning contemporary images that offer insight into the ways Columbus has changed over the years.

A Historical Guidebook to Old Columbus invites Columbus’s families to rediscover their city with a treasure trove of stories from its past and suggests to visitors and new residents many interesting places that they might not otherwise find. This new book is certain to amuse and inform for years to come.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821420126
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 10/18/2012
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 962,940
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Hunter is a sports columnist for the Columbus Dispatch. He is the
author of Saint Woody: The History and Fanaticism of Ohio State Football and seven other books. He is an Ohio University graduate and a member of the board of trustees of the Columbus Historical Society.

Lucy S. Wolfe is a lifelong resident of Columbus, a realtor, and a member of the board of trustees of the Columbus Historical Society

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Abbreviations xv

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Franklinton 7

Chapter 2 Statehouse Square 27

Chapter 3 East Broad Street 61

Chapter 4 West Broad Street 87

Chapter 5 Downtown North of Broad 95

Chapter 6 Arena District 123

Chapter 7 The Short North 137

Chapter 8 North Side 153

Chapter 9 Campus Area 175

Chapter 10 Downtown South of Broad 195

Chapter 11 South Side 247

Chapter 12 Brewery Districts-Southwest Side 263

Chapter 13 German Village 275

Chapter 14 Near East Side 285

Chapter 15 East Side 301

Chapter 16 West Side 327

Chapter 17 The Suburbs 337

Bibliography 359

Index 363

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