Columbus Bicentennial

2012 is the 200th Birthday

The Columbus Bicentennial celebrates 200 years of history in the city that the Ohio History Connection is proud to call home. 2012 is a year to rediscover Columbus's history and how it has grown into the bustling, vibrant city it is today. The Bicentennial is also a time for citizens of Columbus to look to the future and begin imagining the next one hundred or two hundred years in the life of this city.

The Ohio History Connection (OHS) is an enthusiastic supporter and partner to the many organizations and programs celebrating the first 200 years of Columbus's history. The Society and its entities participated with WOSU in its neighborhoods documentary "Downtown/Franklinton." The Ohio History Connection loaned a number of objects and documents to the Columbus Historical Society for inclusion in its opening exhibit in its new location at COSI in downtown Columbus. OHS continually assists reporters, researchers and history enthusiasts as they look for additional facts, objects, maps, books, photos, stories, or other richness to inform their study of the history of Columbus. OHS supports Experience Columbus in its efforts to promote Columbus and encourage tourism, industry and an overall celebration of the town founded by Lucas Sullivant in 1812 and named for Christopher Columbus.

"In 1797, he laid out a town on the western bank of the Scioto River, near the place where the Whetstone River emptied into the Scioto. Today, the Whetstone River is called the Olentangy River." Ohio History Central.

Fun facts about columbus history

Build it, and they will come: Before the state legislature named Columbus as the capitol in 1812, Columbus did not exist. Between 1812, when the town was surveyed and when city lots were sold, and 1816, when the capital actually moved to Columbus, a town formed in the middle of the Ohio wilderness. As early as 1815, Columbus was starting to look like a city: it had a new statehouse; its first church, school, and newspaper, and penitentiary; and it had a population of 700. By 1834, the population of Columbus was four thousand people, officially elevating it to "city" status.

Virtue and Vice

In the 1880s, Columbus boasted more than fifty churches but also had approximately six hundred saloons. The Lighted Arches: In the first half of the twentieth century, Columbus became known as "the most brilliantly illuminated city in the country" because of the arches that spanned High Street, the city's major north-south thoroughfare. The lighted arches were all but extinct by 1950. In 2002, Columbus began to construct new ones to celebrate the city's history.

Columbus Bicentennial
Columbus Bicentennial