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'Clintonville and Beechwold'

by Maureen McCabe on November 10, 2008

Clintonville sign‘Clintonville and Beechwold’ will be published in early 2009 by Clintonville resident Shirley Hyatt.  The book will be published by Arcadia Press in their Images of America series in January 2009.

Mrs. Hyatt has a blog too, the blog Clintonville History is not the same content as the book. The blog, Clintonville History has content she couldn’t fit into the book.  I’ve added a link to her blog in my blogroll here on ColumbusBestBlog.com

Arcadia Publishing describes the book  Clintonville and Beechwold

“Clintonville, a Columbus neighborhood situated four miles north of the Ohio Statehouse, began as a sleepy crossroads halfway between Columbus and Worthington. Beechwold, three more miles north, was a farm, then a zoo. Today they are bedroom communities but no longer sleepy. The beauty of their grassy knolls, springs, river, and wooded ravines inspired the creation of one of Ohio’s best amusement parks, which in turn spurred housing and businesses. The City of Columbus marched right alongside this progress, annexing residential areas almost as soon as they were developed. This new compilation tells, through images and words, the story of Clintonville and Beechwold as they evolved from sleepy hamlets to the communities they are today.”

Hyatt’s blog has lots of old photos.  I first read it on my cell phone and was frustrated at reading the descriptions and not being able to see all the old photos.  Lots of pictures of buildings and people from long ago…

Just a few of the things I learned about Clintonville and Beechwold history in just one afternoon reading Clintonville History (the blog) include:

There was a flood in Clintonville in January 1959.  The area affected spanned all the way from Arcadia (?) to Southington (in Riverlea? that’s a lot of flooding!)

The Underground Railroad went through Clintonville

There were six ravines in Clintonville but are now only four. Hyatt says “perhaps there were six”

Clintonville Sign Photo Credit from  SleepingBear

on Flickr, Licensed with a Creative Commons License

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