Thursday, July 26, 2007

Its a beautiful day in my neighborhood

I wanted to share a little bit of Clintonville history that most people don't know. For those of you not local, Clintonville is an unincorporated neighborhood located about 10 miles north of The Ohio State University (O-H....) in Central Ohio. There are just under 30,000 people living in Clintonville. Most of the homes were built between 1930 and 1950, so there is a large amount of architectural diversity. There are five ravines in Clintonville and I am lucky enough to live on one of them. I have lived in the Ville since 1997 and could not imagine living anywhere else.

So, imagine my surprise when I came across an article stating that during the late eighteen hundreds, Clintonville was home to the largest amusement park in the United States. Eventually named Olentangy Park, this fun fest was located along High Street, between North and Tulane. There were four roller coasters, a zoo, a water slide, the country's largest theatre and the world's largest POOL. Who knew? There was of course a carousel, which was eventually restored and moved to the Columbus Zoo. I was unable to find out why the park closed, but guess that it was probably due to urban development since Olentangy Village apartment complex now occupies the site.

Just thought you local folks might appreciate the quick history lesson.


texasbird said...

Hi Big Momma- Thank you for the info. I just filled out an application for an apt. in Clintonville today and hopefully will be accepted and moved in this week. Seems like a nice neighborhood. I've spent days looking through the various neighborhoods that Columbus has to offer and I love the old neighborhood charm. I can't wait to walk to the Farmers Market for some fresh veggies!

Morgan said...

I'm so glad to find someone that lives in Clintonville and seems to love it. I have lived in Victorian Village and currently live in German Village and I'm ready for a change of scenery.

I need to be around the city as I'm finishing up my degree at OSU and I also work downtown...but...I miss the homey feel of an old neighborhood. I'm really wanting a safe place, too.

Do you happen to know of areas I should check or townhome rentals in Clintonville? I guess I'm sort of oblivious to the area safety wise and such.