Emily Thompson

Digital Producer - Arts and Culture

Ways to Connect

Columbus, Ohio skyline
Rfgagel / Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday marks the 205th anniversary of the founding of the city of Columbus. We take pride in our city and its history, and we’re always hungry to learn more about our home.

That hometown pride is evident in questions we receive for WOSU’s Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions and vote for your favorites, and we investigate them. We’ve reported on butter sculptures, streetcars, the ZIP code 43210, Mound Street and more.

Every January, when I take down the holiday decorations that adorn my apartment walls, I’m always struck by how abruptly empty my home feels in comparison. A similar feeling comes when I look at my calendar, which seems to shift from endless holiday parties and seasonal social engagements to not much of anything overnight.

This story is part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, you vote for one of the questions and we answer. To ask your question, visit wosu.org/curious.

Many of Columbus’ original street names are generic—Town Street, State Street, etc. But as it turns out, there’s a story behind the naming of Downtown’s historic Mound Street.