Twice per year (i.e. March and October) we have to return to the United States to see our doctors. During the March visit, we also stop in Columbus Ohio to take care of our federal taxes (since we don't have any residence, we don't pay any state taxes). We always enjoy our trips to Columbus because our son Carl, his wife Valerie, and their children, Lucy and Eamon live here. Columbus is one of the most family friendly communities we've experienced. Not only is it the capital and largest city in Ohio, it is the fourth most populous capital in America. From 1663 until 1763, this area was known as "Ohio Country" under the French Colonial Empire. Over the years, it was frequently caught between warring factions of Native American Indians and the Europeans. Under the Treaty of Paris of 1763, this area was ceded to the British Empire. Following the American Revolution, it became part of the Virginia Military District. By 1803, Ohio had achieved statehood, but it had no state capital because of constant political in-fighting and competition between various communities. The State Legislature resolved the issue the issue by choosing the Columbus area because of its central location and proximity to major transportation routes (the Scioto and Olentangy rivers). Prior to this, Columbus, itself, did not exist. Thus, in 1812, the city of Columbus was founded. Before the Civil War brought an end to slavery, the Underground Railroad was very active in Columbus. At one time, the city was also known as "The Buggy Capital of the World" because there were more than two dozen buggy factories here. Due to all of this great history, Columbus, Ohio is truly a fun place to visit.
The following photos have been accumulated from various visits over the past few years:
And, of course, Columbus is home to Ohio State University and its iconic University Hall.