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Franklinton featured in Bicentennial Bus Tour
Residents have five chances to board the Bicentennial Bus Tour and glimpse the past 200 years of the city of Columbus.
The Columbus Historical Society (CHS) will guide passengers through the historic neighborhoods of Franklinton, Victorian Village, the King-Lincoln District, and downtown on June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 1, and Oct. 13.
Each stop on the two-hour tour will delve into the historical happenings, facts and people that built today’s urban landscape.
“Columbus has an amazing history and rich heritage that many life-long residents don’t even know about,” said Jeff LaFever, executive director of CHS.
LaFever said they want to entertain and educate locals and visitors about the area’s history and create a sense of excitement and pride about the city.
The tours launch from COSI, 333 W. Broad St., where the CHS will present its ongoing bicentennial exhibition and discuss the history, growth and development of Columbus.
Once on the bus, passengers will hear stories spanning from Lucas Sullivant’s establishment of Franklinton to the development of the Scioto Mile.
LaFever said Franklinton will be explored through accounts of the T&O Central Ohio Railroad, the Arthur Boke Bridge and the flood wall. Residents will also visit the grant office, original burial place and the site of Sullivant’s home.
“Even if you think you know the city I bet you will learn something on the tour,” LaFever said. “You will explore parts of the city you probably have not seen in quite some time. We have stories of local lore, national significance and international intrigue.”
Tickets for the tour are $30 per person, $27 for seniors and $24 for members. CHS offers special tours for clubs, companies, organizations, or for special occasions. For information or to purchase tickets, call 224-0822 or visit www.columbushistory.org.
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