In 1798, a settlement named Franklinton sprouted up on the west bank of the Scioto River, just below the Olentangy River. The Ohio legislature accepted a proposal in 1812 for the high bank east of the Scioto River, across the river from Franklinton, to be the site of the capital city. The location was given the name Columbus, even though it had no inhabitants at the time. Columbus grew quickly and became the county seat. The arrival of the National Road, the Ohio Canal, and the railroads contributed greatly to Columbus's growth. This capital city developed first as a transportation hub, then as a manufacturing center, and finally as the commerce, education, and government center that it is today. Columbus: 1860-1910 explores the rich history of this amazing city through vintage images of its citizens, businesses, organizations, and historic events.
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annexed to Columbus arches automobile race balloon became Briggsdale Buggy Company Building erected building shown building was razed built Camp Chase canal capital central Ohio Chittenden Hotel Church Civil Columbus Buckeyes Columbus Railway Columbus's Confederate congregation constructed corner of Town destroyed by fire downtown Columbus drawing shows Driving Park East Broad Street Eleventh Avenue Engine House entrance facility Fair Japan Franklin County Franklin County Court Franklinton Franklinton area Goodale Street Grand Army Grant Avenue Griggs Dam High School horse horse-drawn hose Hospital Kilbourne and Jacobs Light Company located manufacturing McKinley Monument Minerva Park moved Nationwide Boulevard North High northeast northwest corner Ohio Centennial Celebration Ohio State Fair Olentangy Park Olentangy Rivers opened parade Power and Light railroad relocated replaced Road Scioto River served Shoot-the-Chutes South High Street southeast Steel Third Streets Tod Barracks U.S. Post Office Union Station view shows wagon West Broad