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Columbus Trivia: How well do you know your city?

How well do you know this city you call home? Test your knowledge with 614now trivia! New questions coming attcha daily so be sure to check back. The more you know, right?

What is Columbus' only independent, alternative rock station?

CD102.5

Locally owned and operated for over 25 years, CD102.5 (formerly CD101) is Columbus only alternative rock station.

What is the name of the alleged Lake Erie sea monster?

Bessie

“Bessie,” is a serpent-type monster that lives in Lake Erie, or at least it’s been sighted a lot over the last 100 years.

What four colors make up Ohio State University's brand palette?

Scarlet, gray, white, black

There's a bunch of psychology behind OSU's branding colors. To learn more, visit https://brand.osu.edu/color/

What is the name of the king statue located in Brewery District?

King Gambrinus, King of beer

The drunken royalty was hoisted above the entrance of the August Wagner Brewery at 605 S. Front Street for many years. King Gambrinus has remained the mascot of the Brewery District even after the August Wagner closed in the 1970s.

Downtown Columbus is home to the world's largest....what?

Gavel

Sitting next to Ohio Judicial Center in the middle of a beautiful reflecting pool in downtown Columbus is the world's largest gavel, created by Andrew Scott in 2008.

What war began the Ohio State Michigan rivalry?

Toledo War

From 1835 to 1836, the state of Ohio and the state of Michigan were engaged in a violent war over the territory that separated them: Toledo.

What year was the iconic, cable-stayed suspension bridge on Lane Avenue built?

2003

The cable-stayed suspension bridge carrying Lane Avenue over the Olentangy River was opened five months ahead of schedule with a festive ribbon cutting ceremony on November 14, 2003

Who was the first mayor of Columbus?

John Brooks

In 1834, Columbus residents elected John Brooks as its first mayor.

Where is the #1 place to eat in Columbus according to Experience Columbus?

The North Market

``Central Ohio's historic public market since 1876, featuring fresh and prepared foods, authentic ethnic cuisine, flowers, wine and beer, unique gifts and cookware.``

How many steps is the process of folding the Ohio flag?

17 steps

The 17 folds symbolize that Ohio was the 17th state admitted to the Union.

What famous American restaurateur, author, game show host, television, blonde bombshell, and eater was born in Columbus, OH?

Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri's birth name was actually Ferry, an Americanized version of his grandparents' surname Fieri, which he adopted in 1995.

What professional golfer founded Muirfield Village Golf Club?

Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus had a dream to build a course in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio and on May 27, 1974, it became a reality.

What is Capital University's mascot?

Crusader

Capital University is the oldest university in Central Ohio and is one of the oldest and largest Lutheran-affiliated universities in North America.

How tall are the corn cob statues in the Dublin, Ohio public art installation?

8'

The public art display features 109 ears of 8-foot-tall corn. It’s a tribute and celebration of Sam Frantz, who invented hybrid corn species.

What offbeat Columbus parade celebrates “liberty and lunacy?``

Doo Dah Parade

This wacky parade takes place every July (usually the fourth) and creates a rather bizarre spectacle.

True or false: Columbus is home to the first ever high school

False

Indianola Junior High School in Columbus, Ohio, opened on September 7, 1909. It was the first JUNIOR high school.

What is the name of the oldest gorilla to live in captivity?

Colo

Colo was born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on December 22, 1956. She was the first gorilla to be born in captivity. Colo passed away last year and is recorded as the oldest captive gorilla.

What is Ohio's state reptile?

Black Racer (snake)

In 1995, the Ohio Legislature made the Black Racer Ohio's official reptile due to the snake's prevalence in the state.

What 3 Ohio cities does the ``3c Highway`` connect?

Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati

The 3c highway also known as state route 3, runs southwest from Cleveland through Columbus to Cincinnati.

What is Ohio's state flower?

Scarlet Carnation

Ohio's adopted state flower, the scarlet carnation, was approved to memorialize William McKinley who was known for sporting a red carnation on his jacket for good luck.

What does the word ``Ohio`` mean?

``Great river``

Ohio got its name from the Iroquois word, “O-Y-O,” meaning “great river.” The Iroquois Indians had begun to settle between the Ohio River and Great Lakes by 1650, although it is estimated that only a few hundred lived in present-day Ohio during any one period

How many halls of fame are located in Ohio?

8

Pro Football Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, National Barber Museum and Hall of Fame, Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame, Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame, Ohio Women's Hall of Fame, and Classical Music Hall of Fame

True of false: ATMs were invented in Ohio

False

The ATM was invented by British inventor John Shepherd-Barron and was built and installed in London first. However, Ohio native James Ritty invented the cash register in 1878.

What was the name of the first organized baseball club in Columbus?

Buckeye Baseball Club of Columbus

The first team organized club in central Ohio was the Buckeye Baseball Club of Columbus in March of 1866.

What fraternity rings the Ohio State University victory bell?

Alpha Pi Omega fraternity

After every victory, the Alpha Pi Omega fraternity rings a bell that hangs in the southeast tower of Ohio Stadium for 15-30 minutes. This tradition goes all the way back to Oct. 2, 1954 and the bell weighs almost 2,500 pounds and can be heard from 5 miles away!

What is Columbus' oldest brewpub?

Barley's Brewing

According to Barley's Brewing Facebook, they are the oldest brewpub having been established in 1992.

Does Ohio have its own state pledge?

Yes

“I salute the flag of the state of Ohio and pledge to the Buckeye State respect and loyalty.”

When did Schmidt's first open in German Village?

1886

Opening the J. Fred Schmidt Meat Packing House in 1886 in the heart of German Village, Schmidt’s became Central Ohio’s most well known name in meats and is to this day sold in leading grocery stores around the country.

When did the Columbus Blue Jackets first join the NHL?

2000-01

On October 7, 2000, CBJ played their first game ever, losing 5–3 to the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationwide Arena.

How many presidents were born in Ohio?

Seven

Ulysses S. Grant (18th), Rutherford B. Hayes (19th), James A. Garfield (20th), Benjamin Harrison (23rd), William McKinley (25th), William H. Taft (27th), Warren G. Harding (29th)

When did the first Brutus Buckeye mascot debut?

1965

In 1965, Ohio State University students Ray Bourhis and Sally Huber Lanyon had one simple goal: sneak a large papier-mache buckeye into Ohio Stadium and unveil it at the homecoming game. It was an instant hit.

What burger chain got its start in Columbus, OH?

Wendy's

The very first Wendy’s restaurant opened on East Broad Street in November 1969. Today, the franchise is headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus.

How many counties are in Ohio?

88

Ohio has 88 counties, which is a lot less than Texas' 254 and substantially more than Delaware's three.

What is the tallest building in Columbus and how many stories is it?

Rhodes State Office Tower

Coming in at 629 feet and 41 stories high, the Rhodes State Office Tower is not only the tallest building in Columbus, but the 5th tallest building in the state.

What nickname did Columbus earn for the popular features in the Short North?

Arch City

Dozens of wooden and metal arches that spanned multiple streets at the turn of the 20th century used to power streetcars and provide electricity for streetlights until they were torn down in 1914. Columbus restored metal facsimiles of the historical arches in the city's Short North district in 2002.

What famous author of a spooky chapter books series was born in Columbus?

R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine was born Robert Lawrence Stine in Columbus, Ohio, on October 8, 1943. Stine began writing stories at the age of 9, using an old typewriter that he found.

Who was the two-time Heisman trophy winner at Ohio State?

Archie Griffin

This Buckeye sweetheart won the Heisman back-to-back in 1974 and 1975.

What is Ohio's state rock song?

``Hang on Sloopy``

In 1985, Ohio approved ``Hang on Sloopy`` as the state's official rock song. This came after Joe Dirck, a columnist for the Columbus Citizen-Journal, wrote a column about the State of Washington considering the adoption of its own rock song.

What is Ohio's state drink?

Tomato juice

In 1965, the Ohio General Assembly made tomato juice Ohio's official beverage. Adoption of an official beverage coincided with the Tomato Festival held in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

What was Ohio's first capital?

Chillicothe

Chillicothe served as Ohio's capital from 1803- 1810, when state government moved to Zanesville. The capital returned to Chillicothe two years later, only to move to Columbus, forty-five miles to the north, in 1816

What was the first concert held at Nationwide Arena?

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

Nationwide Arena opened its doors in September, 2000 with the nation's only two-night performance of the sold-out ``Soul to Soul`` tour featuring Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

How many undisputed championships have the Ohio State Buckeyes won?

Six

Six titles are undisputed for Ohio State: 1942, 1954, 1957, 1968, 2002 and 2014. The two up for debate are 1961 and 1970 and while OSU claims all eight, not everyone agrees.

What popular olympian was born in Columbus, Oh?

Simone Biles

Born on March 14, 1997, Biles was raised by her grandparents as her mother suffered from substance abuse. She did not let the adversity stop her—she went on to become the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history.

What percentage of the U.S. population lives within 500 miles of Columbus?

About 50%

Of all the metropolitan areas in North America, Columbus has access to the highest percentage of the country's population within 500 miles. This among a few other key facts is why Columbus is home to so many company headquarters.

What river runs near downtown Columbus?

Scioto River

The Scioto River is a major river in central and southern Ohio. Its headwaters are located in Auglaize County. The river then flows to Columbus and then in a southerly direction to Portsmouth, where it flows into the Ohio River. “Scioto” is an American Indian word meaning “deer.”

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