Here Are The Oldest Photos Ever Taken In Columbus And They’re Incredible

Columbus was officially established as a city on February 14, 1812. Its location was chosen strategically so that the capital would be central and on major transportation routes – the Olentangy and Scioto rivers. The city had a rough start, but a population boom took place after the National Road reached Columbus in 1831. This was followed by a wave of European immigrants from Germany and Ireland. Columbus was a major part of the Underground Railroad and a major base for the Union Army during the Civil War. In the early 20th century, Columbus received its nickname “The Arch City” because of the wooden arches that were built over High Street to provide street lights. The Arches were torn down, but have since been reconstructed as the famous metal arches located in the Short North today.

There is a lot of interesting history in Columbus. Here are some of the oldest photos ever taken in the city.

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