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  • Founding of Franklinton Columbus: A Created Capital

    Historical Context and Overview In 1795, the Treaty of Greenville ended Ohio's Indian Wars and established the boundary line between Native American territory and lands open to white settlers. Most of the Virginia Military District was south of the treaty line, making it open for white settlers. Lucas Sullivant worked Read More
  • Transportation, Civil War and Urban Growth

    Historical Context and Overview Throughout the 19th century, many American leaders supported the development of “internal improvements”— primarily the formation of a transportation infrastructure: roads, turnpikes, and canals. The construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal began in 1825. The canal passed through Central Ohio at Winchester and Lockbourne. The Read More
  • The Underground Railroad

    Historical Context and Overview The abolitionist movement began in the late 18th century as several antislavery societies formed in the North. At great risk to their own lives, abolitionists created the Underground Railroad, a network of escape routes that provided protection and transportation for slaves fleeing north to freedom. The Read More
  • The Growth of Business, the New Middle Class, and Gilded Age Corruption

    Historical Context and Overview In the decades following the Civil War, often referred to as the Gilded Age, U.S. cities grew rapidly as business owners built their factories in cities with good transportation systems, particularly railroads. Urban growth created workers for industrial factories and a market for manufactured goods. Columbus Read More
  • Progressive Columbus: Social Gospel

    Historical Context and Overview In the early 20th century, middle class reformers known as Progressives worked to correct some of the vices of urban industrial society. The ideas of the social gospel movement influenced progressives. Social gospel applied Christian ethics to issues of social justice such as poverty, alcoholism, crime, Read More
  • Columbus: A Created Capital

    Historical Context and Overview In 1795, the Treaty of Greenville ended Ohio's Indian Wars and established the boundary line between Native American territory and lands open to white settlers. Most of the Virginia Military District was south of the treaty line, making it open for white settlers. Lucas Sullivant worked Read More
  • The City Beautiful Movement

    Historical Context and Overview In the early 20th century, middle class reformers known as Progressives worked to correct some of the vices of urban industrial society. The ideas of the social gospel movement influenced progressives. Social gospel applied Christian ethics to issues of social justice such as poverty, alcoholism, crime, Read More
  • The Franklinton Flood

    Historical Context and Overview In the early 20th century, middle class reformers known as Progressives worked to correct some of the vices of urban industrial society. The ideas of the social gospel movement influenced progressives. Social gospel applied Christian ethics to issues of social justice such as poverty, alcoholism, crime, Read More
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Lessons from My Neighborhood

  • My Neighborhood: How to Tell Your Story

    Were you captivated by one or more Columbus Neighborhoods stories? Did it stir up images and memories of a place that is special to you? We invite you step into the shoes of a storyteller and producer. And we offer a surefire starter—My Neighborhood Toolkit—that will guide you from shaping your narrative to putting Read More
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