Timeline of Columbus, Ohio facts for kids

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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Columbus, Ohio, USA

19th century

  • 1812
    • Columbus founded.
    • Population: 300.
  • 1816 - Jarvis W. Pike elected mayor.
  • 1817 - Ohio State Library headquartered in Columbus.
  • 1831 - Columbus connected to Ohio and Erie Canal.
  • 1832 - Ohio State School for the Deaf established.
  • 1833 - National Road in operation.
  • 1834
    • Columbus chartered as a city.
    • John Brooks becomes mayor.
    • Ohio Penitentiary begins operating.
  • 1837 - Ohio State School for the Blind established.
  • 1840 - Population: 6,048.
  • 1845 - Columbus Public Schools established.
  • 1849 - State Convention of the Colored Citizen held in city.
  • 1850
    • Columbus and Xenia Railroad begins operating.
    • Population: 17,882.
  • 1851 - Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati Railroad begins operating.
  • 1853 - Columbus Athenaeum founded.
  • 1861 - Ohio State Capitol building completed.
  • 1862 - Fort Hayes established.
  • 1868
    • St. Mary's of the Springs school opens.
    • Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Indianapolis Railway in operation.
  • 1870 - Columbus Circulating Library organized.
  • 1871 - Daily Dispatch newspaper begins publication.
  • 1872 - Public Library & Reading Room established.
  • 1873 - Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College opens.
  • 1875 - Union Station rebuilt.
  • 1878 - Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts and Ohio State University Marching Band established.
  • 1879 - Columbus Art School and Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery established.
  • 1880 - Population: 51,647.
  • 1887 - Franklin County Courthouse built.
  • 1894 - "Ugly law" approved.
  • 1895 - Franklin Park Conservatory opens.
  • 1898 - First Neighborhood Guild organized.
  • 1899
    • Columbus Citizen newspaper begins publication.
    • Masonic meeting hall built.

20th century

  • 1900
    • Godman Guild House built.
    • Population: 125,560.
  • 1904 - Governor's Mansion and Franklin County Memorial Hall built.
  • 1905 - Indianola Park (amusement park) in business.
  • 1906 - Columbus Public Library building constructed.
  • 1910 - Streetcar strike.
  • 1913 - Flood.
  • 1919 - Spring Street YMCA opens.
  • 1920 - Population: 237,031.
  • 1922 - Ohio State University's Ohio Stadium built.
  • 1927 - American Insurance Union Citadel built.
  • 1929 - Battelle Memorial Institute founded.
  • 1933 - Ohio State Office Building constructed.
  • 1934 - U.S. Post Office and Courthouse built.
  • 1936 - White Castle (restaurant) headquartered in city.
  • 1940 - Population: 306,087.
  • 1947 - National Auto Theatre (drive-in cinema) in business.
  • 1952 - Ohio State University's Mershon Center for International Security Studies established.
  • 1954 - Black Baptist Pastors' Conference organized (approximate date).
  • 1955 - Sister city relationship established with Genoa, Italy.
  • 1959 - The Columbus Citizen-Journal newspaper in publication.
  • 1960 - Population: 471,316.
  • 1964
    • Northland Mall in business.
    • Bank One Tower built.
  • 1970 - Columbus Free Press begins publication.
  • 1974 - Rhodes State Office Tower built.
  • 1975 - Columbus Monthly magazine begins publication.
  • 1976 - Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center established.
  • 1977
    • QUBE television begins broadcasting.
    • One Nationwide Plaza built.
  • 1978 - Community Development Task Force formed.
  • 1980 - Sister city relationship established with Tainan City, Taiwan.
  • 1984 - Huntington Center built.
  • 1985 - Catco theatre company founded.
  • 1987
    • King Arts Complex active.
    • Union Station (Mural) painted.
  • 1988
    • Vern Riffe State Office Tower and Three Nationwide Plaza built.
    • Sister city relationships established with Hefei, China; Odense, Denmark; and Seville, Spain.
  • 1989 - Columbus City Center (shopping mall) in business.
  • 1990
    • The Other Paper begins publication.
    • William Green Building constructed.
    • Population: 632,910.
  • 1991
    • City government computer network begins operating.
    • Carriage Place Movies 12 (cinema) in business.
  • 1992 - Sister city relationship established with Dresden, Germany.
  • 1996
    • Sister city relationship established with Herzliya, Israel.
    • Chamber of Commerce city portal online.
  • 1998 - City government website online (approximate date).[chronology citation needed]

21st century

  • 2000
    • Michael B. Coleman is first elected as mayor.
    • Population: 711,470.
  • 2001
    • Columbus Underground begins publication.
    • Miranova Condominiums built.
    • Arena Grand cinema and Polaris Fashion Place (shopping mall) in business.
  • 2004 - The Northland Mall on Morse Road, which closed in 2002, is demolished to make way for a new commercial development, ultimately to be called Northland Village.
  • 2008 - Sister city relationship established with Ahmedabad, India.
  • 2010 - Population: 787,033.
  • 2011
    • Columbus Commons (park) opens.
    • Steve Stivers becomes U.S. representative for Ohio's 15th congressional district.
  • 2013
    • Population: 822,553.
    • Joyce Beatty becomes U.S. representative for Ohio's 3rd congressional district.
  • 2014 - Sister city relationship established with Curitiba, Brazil.

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