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Happy 207 birthday, Columbus! Pics, vids from the yesteryears

Happy 207 birthday, Columbus! Pics, vids from the yesteryears

614now Staff

Happy 207th birthday, Columbus! You don’t look a day over 200. Established on the banks of the mighty Scioto River on Valentine’s Day 1812, Columbus. Two short years later, it became the state Ohio.

And a quick 207 years later, Columbus is the 14th largest city in the country and becoming ever-popular for its large pool of intelligent youth, booming housing market, and smart technology.

But, we would not be where we are today without the hardworking individuals who built the city from the ground up. And so, on its 207th birthday, we’re going to pay homage to the beautiful bygone Columbus.

Postcard of the former covered bridge across the Scioto River at Broad Street circa 1832.
An arial view from the Dispatch Building of the arches in Short North circa 1896. The arches were used to power cars in the area. By 1914 most of the arches were gone having been replaced by light poles.
Broad and High looking northwest from statehouse. This picture dates from 1916 to 1924.
Rendering of the old Columbus City Hall in 1872. It burned down in 1921 and is now home to the Ohio Theatre.

Aerial view of South Third Street from Broad Street circa 1910. From left to right are: Trinity Episcopal Church, Mary Maitland Dyer Osteopath, Jessie M. Dunham Boarding House, the YMCA, and the two peaked Vendome Hotel (far right behind the Statehouse Annex).


A postcard from one of Columbus’ most famed lost restaurants, The Kahiki. The doors opened in February of 1961 and shut forever on August 25, 2000.
Aerial view of downtown Columbus looking south from Union Station circa 1960
Clintonville between Oakland Park and Dunedin circa 1949.
Union Station in 1900.
Lake House at Olentangy Park in 1911.
The original University Hall at Ohio State University being razed in 1971.
Arial view of Ohio State University circa 1940.
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