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Original Wendy’s Location On East Broad Street

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July 25th, 2011

On November 15, 1969, Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas opened the original Wendy’s restaurant at 257 East Broad Street. The location was a regular lunch spot for COSI visitors and downtown workers until it was closed in March, 2007. Here are some photos of the restaurant throughout its 37 years of operation. (18 photos)

The original Wendy's location at 257 East Broad Street in the early 70s
The original Wendy's location was opened by founder Dave Thomas at 257 East Broad Street in downtown Columbus, Ohio on November 15, 1969. (Photo by: Unknown/Wendy's Corporate Headquarters)

Cars Trapped As Flash Flood Hits High Street

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July 25th, 2011

Knee-deep water, raging currents and millions of gallons of water. On a normal day, this could describe a river. But yesterday, this was the case on High Street and many other streets in central Ohio.

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Two cars are stranded in the middle of High Street as rain pounds central Ohio on the evening of July 24, 2011. There were reports of flash flooding throughout central Ohio as heavy rains moved through the area. (Photo by: Thomas Bradley/WOSU)

Scenes From The Franklin County Fair

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July 22nd, 2011

Rides, rodeo and midway food at the 94th annual Franklin County Fair in Hilliard, Ohio. The fair this year runs through Saturday, July 23. (7 Photos)

One of the rides at the Fanklin County Fair.
A colorful shot of one of the rides at the Fanklin County Fair in Hilliard, Ohio, on July 19, 2011. The fair, which is in its 94th year continues until Saturday, July 23. (Photo by: Jason Redinger)

Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest Starts Today

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July 22nd, 2011

The Columbus Jazz and Rib Festival starts today (July 22) and continues through the weekend in Columbus’ Arena District. The festival started in 1979 as Jazz in July and though it has changed names (and locations) through the years the summer jazz and arts festival has become an annual summer tradition.

Aerial view of the Jazz & Rib Fest.
An aerial view of a past Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest on the riverfront in downtown Columbus. (Photo by: Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest (flickr))

Bridges of Columbus in Black and White

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July 21st, 2011

The city of Columbus was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers. Like many Midwestern cities located on a riverfront, bridges are a central feature of the downtown skyline. Here are a number of the city’s bridges (new and old) in black and white. (9 photos)

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A railroad trestle spans the Scioto River at night near the Broad Street Bridge in downtown Columbus on January 6, 2006. (Photo by: ItsGreg (flickr))

What Columbus Residents Are Doing To Beat The Heat

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July 20th, 2011

With temperatures in the 90s this afternoon and heat indexes forecast to reach well over 100 degrees, many Columbus residents stayed inside to avoid the heat. Others went out in search of various ways to keep cool. (6 photos)

Behind the police barricade, kids have fun running through the open fire hydrant.
Behind the police barricade children have fun running through the open fire hydrant. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Presents JazZoo: “Broadway to Hollywood”

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July 20th, 2011

Crowds of people came to JazZoo at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Water’s Edge Events Park to watch the Columbus Jazz Orchestra perform. The theme of the concert on Friday, July 15 was “Broadway to Hollywood.” JazZoo is a four-part concert series with performances held Fridays at 8 p.m. from July 8 to August 12. (9 photos)

A Watching Crowd
A crowd watches the Columbus Jazz Orchestra perferm at JazZoo. (Photo by: Ally Marotti / WOSU)

Bike Columbus Promotes Bike Safety, Alternative Transportation

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July 19th, 2011

Last weekend, throngs of bike enthusiasts turned out for Bike Columbus, a series of riding tours to show support for bike-based living. The tours, including the Mayor’s Twilight Ride and The Steve Barbour Memorial Tour, also emphasized the importance of bike safety. (7 Photos)

Bikers head up Front Street at around 7:30 for the Mayor's Twilight Ride.
Bikers head up Front Street for the Mayor's Twilight Ride. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)

Rock Climbing in Columbus: Belay On!

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July 18th, 2011

A man scales the Scioto Audubon climbing wall on Sunday, July 17, 2011. At 35 feet, this is one of the largest free outdoor climbing walls in the country. The only catch is climbers must bring their own ropes and equipment.

A man scales the rock climbing wall on the Scioto Audubon Climbing Crag
A man scales the Scioto Audubon climbing wall on Sunday, July 17, 2011. (Photo by: Adam Schweigert/WOSU)

The Steeple at St. Mary’s Church in German Village

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July 15th, 2011

St. Mary’s Catholic Church in German Village was built in 1865. The church features a 197-foot steeple that reaches into the summer sky, which was added in 1893.

Steeple at St. Mary's (German Village, Columbus, Ohio)
The steeple at St. Mary's Catholic Church in German Village reaches 197 feet into the sky. (Photo by: Greg Brock)

Up Close and Personal: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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July 14th, 2011

Pictured here, a cownose ray at the Columbus Zoo. Dale Schmidt, president and CEO of Columbus Zoo and aquarium, recently appeared on WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher to talk about the state of the Columbus Zoo. This week we want to see your favorite photos of the Columbus Zoo, submit them here.

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Extreme closeup of the underside of a cownose ray at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. (Photo by: Tim Perdue)

The Battle For Clean Air: Tour Conesville’s Coal-Fired Power Plant

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July 14th, 2011

There is a fight in Ohio over clean air and coal-fired electricity as the federal Environmental Protection Agency discusses stricter air pollution controls on coal-fired power plants. One such plant is located just outside the small village of Conesville, Ohio, in Coshocton County, about 70 miles east of Columbus. Learn more about the battle in a two part series (part 1, part 2) by WOSU’s Tom Borgerding. (7 Photos)

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Employees cars are parked outside the Conesville Power Plant in Conesville, Ohio, on June 29, 2011. (Photo by: Ally Marotti/WOSU)

An Afternoon Ride Along The Olentangy

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July 13th, 2011

The Olentangy Trail in Columbus, Ohio, offers almost 14 miles of mixed-use trail for bikers, walkers or runners along the Olentangy River. On July 12, 2011 cyclists took advantage of the midday sun to take a summer ride along the trail. (6 photos)

Biking along the Olentangy
A biker rides along the Olentangy Trail north of The Ohio State University campus. (Photo by: Thomas Bradley / WOSU)

Splashing Around At The Scioto Mile

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July 12th, 2011

Bicentennial Park at the new Scioto Mile features several new fountains. In the week since the entertainment and recreation complex opened, children (and adults) from around Columbus have been using the fountains as a way to beat the heat. (2 Photos)

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In the middle of Bicentennial Park, children are seen playing in the fountain at the new Scioto Mile. (Photo by: Chris Stolfi)

Lightning Storm Lights Up The Night Sky

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July 12th, 2011

Strong storms were reported yesterday around central Ohio throughout the day and into the night. Many of the storms brought heavy rain and dark clouds that were frequently illuminated by dramatic lightning strikes.

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Lightning crosses the sky over The Little Bar just north of the Ohio State University campus on the evening of July 11, 2011. (Photo by: Cody Cousino)