These Photos Of Ohio In The 1960s Are Mesmerizing.

Just like much of the country, the 1960s in Ohio was a time of great change and historic events. From politics and war to river fires and retro fashion, Ohio in the 1960s looked very different from the Ohio we know and love today! This era has a huge historical significance for Ohio history, however, and it’s fascinating to dig through the archives and get a better picture (literally) of this pivotal decade.  The following are 12 photos taken throughout Ohio during the 1960s, and they’re pretty cool to see.

Do you (or anyone you know) remember what life in Ohio was like in the 1960s? Is it a decade you or a family member lived through? Share your memories and any photos you may have with us in the comments below!

For another trip down memory lane many of you might remember, be sure to check out this collection of Ohio photos from the ’80s.

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Address: Lakeview Park, 1800 W Erie Ave, Lorain, OH 44052, USA
Address: South Street, South St, Clearcreek Township, OH 45036, USA
Address: South Street, Warren OH
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Address: Columbus, OH, USA
Address: Lake Vesuvius, Elizabeth Township, OH 45659, USA
Address: Tower City Center, 230 W Huron Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
Address: Cedar Point, 1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, OH 44870, USA
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Address: Westinghouse Building, 1186-1200 W 58th St, Cleveland, OH 44102, USA
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1960s Ohio

April 28, 2022

What was Ohio like in the 1960s?

Ohio in the 60s was more farmland than it is today, with our larger cities more pronounced and the suburbs still decades away from truly taking off. One of the places that looked very different between 1960 and 2020 is Columbus. In the 1960s, Columbus was already a major metropolis. Ohio State University played a major role in life and suburban sprawl had only just begun. The downtown area was being altered constantly to make way for a changing lifestyle that involved a rapid increase in automobile use. The best way to get an idea of what 1960s Columbus, Ohio, was like is to take a look at this footage of Columbus in 1964-65, which shows how much the city has evolved over time. This video includes street scenes, the Ohio State University’s Oval and Mirror Lake, downtown Columbus, and the construction of the underground parking garage beneath the Ohio Statehouse grounds. It’s quite fascinating to watch!

What are some other unique periods in Ohio history?

If you’re a child of the ’80s, you know how much the world has changed — and Ohio is the prime example of this. Throughout the years, Ohio has seen a great deal of change. Looking back at the past though photos incites nostalgia and an appreciation for how far we’ve come. From department stores and local companies to amusement parks and other vacation destinations, these 15 rare photos of Ohio in the 1980s are sure to fascinate you! We’re especially fond of the image of Riverfront Stadium in Downtown Cincinnati… what an icon it was!

Address: Cleveland, OH, USA
Address: Lakeview Park, 1800 W Erie Ave, Lorain, OH 44052, USA
Address: South Street, South St, Clearcreek Township, OH 45036, USA
Address: South Street, Warren OH
Address: Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701, USA
Address: Columbus, OH, USA
Address: Lake Vesuvius, Elizabeth Township, OH 45659, USA
Address: Tower City Center, 230 W Huron Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
Address: Cedar Point, 1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, OH 44870, USA
Address: Cincinnati, OH, USA
Address: Westinghouse Building, 1186-1200 W 58th St, Cleveland, OH 44102, USA