95 percent of ancient Ohio was forested. But centuries ago there were also small regions of prairie. Tall grasses and wildflowers were part of the prairie ecology and so were bison. Researchers near Columbus are trying to reestablish a prairie / bison ecosystem.
New Port Columbus Statue Honors Jerrie Mock
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio woman’s history-making flight has been memorialized with a newly unveiled statue in Columbus.
The Columbus Regional Airport Authority and The Columbus Foundation are commemorating the 50th anniversary of Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock’s solo flight around the world. She was the first female pilot to accomplish that feat.
A bronze, life-sized statue depicting Mock holding a globe went on display Thursday at Port Columbus, the airport where she landed her single-engine Cessna 180 on April 17, 1964.
Mayor Michael Coleman told some 230 people gathered for the ceremony that her “Spirit of Columbus” was a “great name” for her plane. The 88-year-old Mock was unable to attend.
The statue in the airport ticket lobby will eventually become part of a “Legacy of Leadership” exhibit, according to the Columbus Dispatch.