Stepping just a little bit outside of Bexley City limits, we find even more curiosities…

The Ralston Employee Picnic Grounds

Once upon a time, there was a great steel works, just north of the railroad tracks, on Cassady (outside of Bexley City limits). Today, there are warehouses in that location. But the employees of the long gone industry were provided a wonderful green space for their use – for a little while. Find out which Bexley neighborhood was that “green space”.

Cassady Park

There is a mysterious green space that we all pass as we drive along Interstate 670 – on the east side, just south of the 5th Avenue exit. Ever wonder why this bit of green has gone undeveloped? Read on…

Silver Lakes and the Ambos Pleasure Farm

When driving southeast on College Avenue – toward Winchester Pike – have you ever wondered about the two small lakes on either side of the road? And have you ever wondered about the little island in the middle one of them? Here’s the answer!

The Eastmoor Polo Field

The unique layout of Eastmoor and the Virginia Lee circle in it’s midst – how did this come about? Follow us as we explain…

The Norton Airfield

Before Port Columbus Airport was opened in 1929, there was Central Ohio’s FIRST airfield in Whitehall (south of E. Broad St, between Yearling and Hamilton). Named for Columbus native, Fred William Norton, it saw many of aviation’s early notables pass through. All that’s left is an Historical Marker in front of the Whitehall Public Library (on E Broad), but it played a vital role in the advancement of air travel in the United States.

Norwood’s Amusement Park

The last piece is a crowd favorite, especially for those individuals whose parents or grandparents took them in the 1950’s to a small amusement park at the gateway to Bexley – at the corner of East Main Street and Alum Creek Drive.

We hope that you have enjoyed these articles. The Bexley Historical Society welcomes comments, additions, or corrections to our interpretation and information about Bexley’s history.

We owe a deep thanks to Mayor Ken McClure for his memoir, Reflections of A Bexley Boy*, and his invaluable first hand observations about his life in Bexley.

(Maybe we should employ a medium to contact Ken in the “Great Beyond” and thank him personally! – Just like the Columbus City Council did to contact Emil Ambos in 1898!)

Written by Lawrence Helman, Bexley Historical Society Trustee
Edited by Martina Campoamor, Bexley Historical Society Trustee

If you have information to add to this topic, please let us know.

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*Reflections of A Bexley Boy, by Ken McClure, 1996, North Stream Publishing. This book is available from The Bexley Historical Society.

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