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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Colombus, Ohio

It’s pouring rain this morning as I write. It’s been raining since Sunday afternoon, a much needed drenching for this area which has been experiencing drought conditions all summer. I’m really enjoying it myself and it’s wonderful to have the windows open, as it is quite cool and lovely and listen to the sound of the rain beating down.

We recently passed through Columbus, Ohio on our way to Sullivan, Illinois to visit Jessica again and see "La Cage aux Folles" in summer stock, the final production of The Little Theatre on the Square. Our daughter is a professional stage manager and she spent her summer working in this little town in southern Illinois. The performance was wonderful and we really enjoyed meeting some of the people she worked with this summer especially Angela, her assistant stage manager and John Ramsey, one of the talented young actors who spent their summer dancing and singing their hearts out to audiences who come from quite far away to attend.

Columbus, strangely enough, was named for Christopher Columbus. This fact, which I had never really thought about before, came as a surprise to me. (I know this sounds silly, but nevertheless, there it is.) This should come as no surprise to anyone who lives there, as the likeness of Cristoforo is everywhere to be found. The plaque I photographed explains it all and I place it before you now as exhibit A. Just a few facts for you. Columbus is the capital and the largest city of Ohio. It has a population of over 712,000 people and due to its ethnic diversity and mix of urban and suburban areas it has been considered a “typical” American city, which explains why it is often used as a test market for new products. It was founded in 1812 and was apparently named 8th best large city in the U.S. to live in by Money Magazine. Who knew?

Exhibit A:

The Ohio State House

A mix of old and new.

The LeVeque Tower just left of center, is a lovely 47-story Art deco skyscraper built in 1924. Until 1977, it was Columbus’s tallest building. Apparently until then no one was allowed to build anything taller but that seems to be changing as the glass and steel crowd reaches ever higher. Until the 1960s you could take an elevator to the top for what must have been a very cool bird’s eye view of the city and surrounding area.

A replica of the Santa Maria, the largest of the three ships Columbus used to sail the ocean blue. It was surprisingly small in fact, only around 82 feet long. Amazing to think that it carried 40 men who lived and worked on it during its voyage to the new world.

Trinity Episcopal Church, built in 1869

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