Coming home to Columbus?

by Maureen McCabe on May 18, 2011

Q. “What is the best part about travel?”

A. Coming home to Columbus?  There’s no place like home?

Today’s Nablopomo (post every day during the month) prompt is “What is the best part about travel?”

Maybe seeing the sights.

A 1940 description of Columbus, Ohio recommends:

“Points of Interest in the Enviorns

Beulah Park, 8.3 miles (see Tour 3). Otterbein College, 13 miles. (see Tour 12). Capital University, 3 miles. (see Tour 13). Griggs Dam, 6 miles; Leatherlips Monument, 15 miles; O’Shaughnessy Dam, 16.2 miles; Columbus Municipal Zoo, 16.3 miles (see Tour 20). Hartman Estate, 7.4 miles; Griswold House, 8.8 miles; Pontifical College Josephinum, 11 m. (sec Tour 21)  ”

Not sure what the “Tours” refer to and where the miles are from.   Downtown Columbus?  Broad and High?   Impressed with dams?   Well I guess there are only two…  Two colleges.  Neither is  Ohio State University?

The “Columbus, Ohio WPA Guide 1940″ also says Columbus of 1940 had  “Accommodations: 25 hotels; supervised tourist camps on all main highways. “

I wonder what tourist camps were.

This is the 200th anniversary of the start of “The National Road” which goes by a number of names including “The Cumberland Road.”  The link to the WPA description of Columbus is a site about the road built between 1811 and 1839.  2011 is the 200th anniversary of the start of that road.

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