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  • Columbus Municipal Light Plant

    Columbus Municipal Light Plant
    Reference: Columbus Metropolitan Library. Columbus citizen.

  • Statehouse Annex c. 1906

    Statehouse Annex c. 1906
    Reference: Columbus Metropolitan Library. Library File Photo.

  • Aerial view of State Office Building and Scioto River

    Aerial view of State Office Building and Scioto River
    Reference: Columbus Metropolitan Library. Columbus Historical Society Collection.

  • Panoramic View of 1913 Flood

    Panoramic View of 1913 Flood
    Reference: Columbus Metropolitan Library. Library File Photo.

  • Main Street Bridge c. 1940

    Main Street Bridge c. 1940
    Reference: Columbus Metropolitan Library. Architecture and Design, loaned by Thomas Aquinas Burke

  • Statue of Christopher Columbus

    Statue of Christopher Columbus
    Reference: Columbus Metropolitan Library. David E. Lucas Collection, 2006

Scioto Riverfront History

Created as part of the Scioto Greenways project, this website it designed to bring new life to the rich history of downtown Columbus. Since its founding in 1816, Columbus has gone through many changes to meet the needs of residents. These changes are particularly evident along the banks of the Scioto River downtown where this once industrial hub has transformed into high rise office buildings and government offices.

By following the link on the left, you can explore this history following the development of key sites along the Scioto as they evolve into the capital city we have today.