This week, I have passed through Columbus, OH and moved on toward Indianapolis, IN. As only 10 miles have passed, this week will focus on Columbus Fun Facts as found at the Official City of Columbus website.
The first ambulance service was established in Cincinnati in 1865.
Cleveland boasts America's first traffic light. It began on Aug. 5, 1914.
Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team.
The Y Bridge in Zanesville was first built in 1814 to span the confluence of the Licking and Muskingum Rivers. The current bridge is the fifth construction at the same location. "Ripley's Believe It or Not" proclaimed it the only bridge in the world which you can cross and still be on the same side of the river.
Akron was the first city to use police cars.
Cincinnati had the first professional city fire department.
Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. He was from Wapakoneta.
The first full time automobile service station was opened in 1899 in Ohio.
In 1852 Ohio was the first state to enact laws protecting working women.
Ohio gave America its first hot dog in 1900. Harry M. Stevens created the popular dining dog.
John Mercer Langston is believed to have been the first African American elected to public office. He was elected clerk of Brownhelm in 1854.
Cleveland became the world's first city to be lighted electrically in 1879
For more trivia, check out the City of Columbus website.