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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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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))
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 children have fun running through the open fire hydrant. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)
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 crowd watches the Columbus Jazz Orchestra perferm at JazZoo. (Photo by: Ally Marotti / WOSU)
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 for the Mayor's Twilight Ride. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)
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 Scioto Audubon climbing wall on Sunday, July 17, 2011. (Photo by: Adam Schweigert/WOSU)
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)
Employees cars are parked outside the Conesville Power Plant in Conesville, Ohio, on June 29, 2011. (Photo by: Ally Marotti/WOSU)
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)
A biker rides along the Olentangy Trail north of The Ohio State University campus. (Photo by: Thomas Bradley / WOSU)
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)
In the middle of Bicentennial Park, children are seen playing in the fountain at the new Scioto Mile. (Photo by: Chris Stolfi)
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.
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)