History/Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About : US36

22 Oct , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

It’s another in our series of posts sharing details and little known information about things that Delaware Countians know and see every day.

Today, we look at US Highway 36, a 1,414 mile (that’s 2,276 kilometers) highway that stretches from Ohio to Colorado, and right through Delaware County.

During its route, both in Ohio and across the US, the highway includes two lane and expressway sections as it goes through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado. It intersects with interstate highways 16 times, some more than once, and actually joins those highways at various points.

Along its way, US36 bypasses many of the larger cities and metropolitan areas, and instead travels through many county seat towns. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: State Route 257

12 Oct , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

At only 26.19 miles in length, it is one of the shorter state highways in Ohio. That said, there are few which are more scenic.

Starting at a roundabout in Dublin, Ohio State Route 257 is, for much of its length, closely tied to the Scioto River. With a southern terminus at a roundabout where US 33 and State Route 161 intersect, the highway travels through Franklin, Delaware, and Marion Counties, ending at State Route 47 just west of Prospect.

In six years, State Route 257 will be celebrating its centennial. Originally, the highway included only the portion which travels northward from Dublin along the east side of the Scioto; it was then expanded beginning in 1935. More…

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History/Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: US Route 42

7 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

It may not be the most exciting federal highway in the country, but it does have an important local connection.

We’re talking about US 42, the 350 mile highway that stretches from northeast to southwest across Ohio, and which they scurries westward along the Ohio River through Kentucky.

The history of US 42 began in 1927, the year when previously numbered highways across the country were joined together and renumbered to create the official federal highway system. Along the track of US 42 from Cleveland to Louisville, four previously existing roads were joined together. More…

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History/Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: The First OWU-OSU Football Game

18 Aug , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The imminent arrival of a new football season is on sports fans’ minds these days, and so we thought we would share a gridiron-related post.

As those “in the know” know, the storied football history of The Ohio State University started right here in Delaware County. Here are details about the school’s first football contest, hosted by the Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan University, which you may not know.

Date: May 3, 1890

Final Score: OSU 20, OWU 14 More…

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Life in Delaware County

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: The Three C Highway

26 Jul , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Updated with additional information

Among official routes in the Buckeye State, it’s one of the oldest, with a route predating establishment of the state highway system. It’s also one of most iconic, as its name traditional and current names reference the fact that it connects the state’s three largest metropolitan areas which, unlike other locations in the US, have names which begin with the same letter.

Here, then, are a few facts which you may not know about Ohio Route 3, which passes through Delaware County: More…

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Life in Delaware County

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Seymour Woods State Nature Preserve

16 Jul , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

We continue our series “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About,” where we dive into weeds to bring you details on Delaware County ‘s geographical, cultural, and scenic landmarks.

The 115 acre Seymour Woods Nature Preserve in Liberty Township is known, among other things, for being an ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The acreage was donated to the State of Ohio in 1972 by Columbus attorney James O. Seymour, and contains 1.8 miles of hiking trails. Deep ravines cut into shale cliffs in the park, and there are both heavily wooded ridge tops and open fields. As the topography changes, so does the type of tree — from oaks in the high ground to elms, maples, and willows lower down. More…

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History/Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Ohio State Route 61

8 Jul , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

We continue our series “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About,” where we dive into weeds to bring you details on Delaware County ‘s geographical, cultural, and scenic landmarks. In particular, we are continuing our look at the County’s collection of highways and byways.

Today, we look at a state highway which may not be the most exciting route in Ohio, but nevertheless starts (or stops, depending on your perspective) in Delaware County, travels through several other counties, and finishes within a stone’s throw of Lake Erie.

We’re talking about Ohio State Route 61, which has its southern terminus at the US36/State Route 37/Interstate 71 intersection near Sunbury. It travels from that point over 91 miles to a junction with US Route 6 near Huron and Vermilion. More…

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History/Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Fort Morrow

27 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The name lives on in various ways.

Take, for instance, the Fort Morrow Fire District, whose 81 acres of coverage includes the village of Waldo.

Yes, we know that is not in the current Delaware County. That said, the area where the original Fort Morrow was constructed is now a bucolic landscape, while two hundred-plus years ago, it was a very busy place. It was originally located in Marlborough Township, Delaware County, which at the time was a relatively quiet part of the Ohio frontier. The area was transferred to Marion County in 1848.

Things changed with the War of 1812 and the need to move troops from places south up what became known as the Harrison Military Road, named after then General and later US President William Henry Harrison. Today the route largely follows US23 and SR423. More…

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