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Text and images from The Story of Columbus: Past, Present and Future of the Metropolis of Central Ohio, Practical Demonstration of its Development by the Reproduction of Rare Historical Photographs (2nd ed.; Columbus, Ohio: np, 1900) unless otherwise noted

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Columbus Recreational Activities

"Columbus Auditorium "

"On the bank of the picturesque Olentangy, at North Columbus, stands the old Piatt mill , which served the useful purpose for which it was erected for over half a century. for a number of years it was operated by the father of John James Piatt, the well known literary personage. The future poet spent many of his boyhood days playing about the old mill, and doubtless the impressions made by its surroundings found expression in his verse in after days. Some facts concerning the pioneer character, Moses Beers, who is said to have built the mill, appear on a preceding page. The old mill is located at the northern boundary of Olentangy Park, owned by the Columbus Street Railway Company, and one of the most picturesque sports in Ohio." (page 56; amusement parks operated by electric street railroad companies were common in American cities at the turn of the twentieth century. Olentangy Village apartments later occupied the site of the amusement park.)"

View in City Park
City Park
Franklin Park
View in Franklin Park

Olentangy Park, Gothic Gate Entrance
The Olentangy Old Mill
Olentangy Park Boats and Docks
Olentangy Park Boat House

The Olentangy Park Dancing Pavilion
The Olentangy Park Terminal Station
Columbus Auditorium
Exposition Race Course Grand Stand

More Pictures of Recreational Activities

Grand Horse Display Course

The Columbus Club

The Columbus Club Billiard Room

The Columbus Club Dining Room

The Columbus Club Library

The Columbus Club Dutch Room

Minerva Park Casino

Minerva Park Boating Stretch

Minerva Park Scenic Railway


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