has happened in 35 years?
Worthington and Columbus have grown beyond imagination. If you have
been away from the area for a while, you will enjoy this update!. Here
is a list (which will continue to grow) of some of the areas changes
since graduation 79!
High School is now Thomas Worthington High School. You will have
to take the online tour. Other fun facts:
Middle School was once our 9th grade school. They have also
turned the former courtyard into the library.
and Perry Middle Schools look absolutely the same, McCord Middle
School has been added.
Hills, Worthington Hills, Wilson Hills, Worthington Estates,
Brookside, and Evening Street are all still in operation at
this moment and have also have expanded where necessary.
old Worthington High School Annex is being converted into an
has moved to the formal Central High School building across
the Scioto River and has expanded, a must see. (The old COSI
or once called Memorial Hall has been restored to its former
state and houses the election facilities). In September 2006
WOSU Digital TV will occupy the southern lower portion of the
new COSI. Channel 34 now has 34.1 34.2 and 34.3 multicast channels
in digital, 34.1 in 1080 X 1920 lines of resolution.
gone: The Christopher Inn (the round hotel that once sat next
to the old COSI), and Worthington Foods. The historical oak
tree still remains.
Ohio Historical Society and Columbus Museum of Art are still
at the same locations. The Ohio Railway Museum still has trolly
rides on summer weekends as well as Halloween. The old Steam
Engine # 578 is still there, has not operated since the summer
of 1977. It has been sold to a railroad company. Most of the
Pullmans have been relocated.
Columbus 2004, COSI in the lower center across from Vets Memorial.
And you thought the Gemni was cool!
Point now has 17 rollercoasters, nearly all of them larger
than the Gemni from the high school years. The newest, the GateKeeper
which winds and twists through keyholes right over the entrance.
Top Thrill Dragster, goes 120 miles per hour, is 420 feet tall,
and last a long 18 seconds! Look for the Millinium Force (the
smoothest coaster I have ever survived on), Raptor, Mantis,
Mean Streak, Wicked Twister, and Magnum XL200 (I will stick
to the Gemni thank you). Gone are the Jumbo Jet and upside down
Fun House. The classics like the Gemni are all still around
including the Blue Streak, Cork Screw, and Runaway Mine Car.
Your kids will love all of them!
Island is still growing and has added and removed another
Beast (Son of Beast) with an unusual wood rollercoaster flip.
The flip was later removed due to the weight the cars had to
sustain to stay on the track, which also made it shake violently.
The train was lightened with the purchase of the trains from
Myrtle Beach's Hurricane coaster which helped, but the ride
lost interest. Two new coasters have come in over the last five
years, Diamondback and Banshee (former Son of Beast site). Since
graduation look for Top Gun, Face Off, Vortex and more. Gone
are the animal exhibit monorail (where the Banshee iis located),
the King Cobra and the dual alternating Ferris Wheel. The regular
Beast is still rated as one of the best wood roller coaster
in America! Kings Island is now owned by Cedar Fair, the owners
of Cedar Point.
new GateKeeper grabs atttention from the front gate.
Coming straight down out of the clouds at 120 mph, the Top Thrill
Dragster. You are never too old to rock and roll -er coast!
Columbus International Airport has expanded many times,
was once home to a mini hub for America West and Skybus. A new
highway has been built up to the terminal. A new control
tower is operating and nearly all gates have indoor loading
walkways/jetways. A new crossover taxiway has been built on
the west end of the field to start off terminal update construction.
Current airlines include American/USAir, United/Continental,
Delta/Northwest, Air Canada (Commuter) and Air Tran/Southwest.
The terminal can be accessed from ramps on Steltzer, as well
as a back way off Hamilton Rd. A new cell phone pick up standy
parking lot has been built.
hosts Allegiant Air with service to Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Punta
Gorda, and St. Pete.
at Port Columbus
Columbus now has a soccer (Crew)
stadium located in the north parking lot of the fair grounds.
Nationwide Arena has sprung up hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets
in the NHL league and the Destroyers in the Arena Football leagure.
It is located across the street form the new Columbus Convention
Center and one of two Hyatt hotels. The arena also hosts concerts.
The area is now called "The Arena District".
Shoe has expaned to hold 100,000 plus, Block "O"
has moved to the south stands.
City Areana has also taken over the duties of the St. Johns
Arena at Ohio State. It is refered to as the Schott. Van Halen
will be performing there the week of our 25th reunion on July
spots include Nationwide
Arena, the Ohio State Fair Grounds (including an occasional
concert at the Crew Stadium and Expo center), the Schott, and
Promo West (Lifestyles Pavilion).
County Stadium gone in 2009, the Huntington Park is now home
to the Clippers, just across the street from the Blue Jackets
Stadium. This is the area where the penn used to set.
The Continent has died out, it was recently home to numerous
radio stations including the still going WNCI.
WCOL/ formerly (WXGT 92-X) is now Country. QFM
is still going strong with many of the same DJs. Many new stations
have also sprung up. Now there is satellite and the up and coming
digital radio. Most kids today download music over the internet
and don't even bother going to record stores. Nancy's Dinner,
a Clintonville Landmark is closing May 31st, 2009. Also in Clintonville,
Talitas, moved to Grove City.
Lazurus Downtown, now in office building. Northland Mall was
torn down as of 1/28/04. In the OSU area Papa Joes and nearby
Bars are gone, (fewer places now to use fake IDs). The area
of south campus has been fully redeveloped and is a hot spot
including new Drexel Theater and several restaurants. Longs
Book Store also relocated there. The OSU main library has been
renovated, and the new Ohio Union is a must stop. Areas north
of South Campus going north are now undergoing renovation. You
will still find the Algora, and the Library. The rest has all
changed. The Continent is standing but is mostly all apartments.
The theater has renovated. The former Freindly's Restaurant
at South and High became a Starbucks in 2003 after housing Montana
Bread, and was destroyed by fire in early May 2004. It reopened
again early 2006. Something that came and went: City Center
Mall. Now turned into a downtown Columbus commons.
All the shopping is now at Polaris Mall, Easton
Towne Center, and Tuttle. On Morse Rd east of the former
Northland Mall Easton has become the most popular spot. Easton
includes a 30 screen indoor movie theater and IMAX, KDB (formerly
Gameworks), and indoor and outdoor shopping area set up similar
to a small town. Northland has closed, business lost to Easton
and the new Polaris
Fashion Place built three miles north of I 270 off I 71
(with many anchors including Saks 5th Ave). In Worthington,
CVS is also new, now sitting where Jubilee (old A&P at North
and High St.) closed in September 2006. Look for a new Pizza
Restaurant in Downtown Worthington, Dewys replacing the former
gas station at New England and High St.
but now updating: Worthington Square Mall now called "The
Shops at Worthington Place" is still going strong and is
enclosed. Piadas has opened a Street Italian Restaurant and
sits next door to Panera Bread. Krogers however has expanded
into the shops westward. Downtown Worthington looks much the
same and has become a popular hang out spot with an ice cream
shop, sub shop, coffee house, pizza, outdoor seated restaurants,
and Free WiFi available for your laptop or PDA. Also still the
same: Dairy Queen, Worthington Hardware, and the Worthington
Inn (the rear being converted to Condos in 2006-7).
end of Northland Mall.
Fashion Place new outdoor section in the former Kaufmans location.
Worthington Inn has turned the hotel into condos. The restaurant
is still the same.
Letterman invited Jack Hanah on his show, the rest is history.
Zoo has grown by leaps and bounds, you won't recognize anything
anymore. Highly suggested is the Kangaroo exhibit, the Polar Bear
exhibit and the new African Safari exhibit open now and loaded
with Giraffes (Betty White "America's Grandma" even
cut the ribbon with Jack. Jack is continuing his travels with
his nationwide syndicated TV show "Into the Wild" and
uses the Columbus Zoo for several scenes as a home base for the
award winning program. Wyandot Lake changed hands in 2006 from
Six Flags, back to the Columbus Zoo and is now called Zoombezi
visiting with '79 Mark Cameron's daughter Trisha (far right) and
Holiday Inn on the Lane was host to our Prom (Night's in White
Satin) and is being sold to be turned into a dorm for Ohio State
Students. More bathrooms for everybody! Here are two final shots
taken in February 2009. The bottom is the hallway which lead to
the ballroom on the left.
270 is now 5 to 7 lanes wide through Worthington, and another
study is underway to expand the interstate between 315 and High
Street. A huge construction project is already underway at I
270 and Route 23 featuring a northbound tunnel that will flow
traffic away from the busy traffic intersections. Several clover
leafs will be gone as of July 6th 2014. Other areas of I 270
has gained new flyovers to reduce delays in the old clover leaf
interchanges. They are located at I 71 & I 270, 161 &
270. 315 was under construction in 1979 and is now 3 lanes wide
as it wisks from the new I 670 interchange near Goodale all
the way to Worthington Hills. I 670 now runs around downtown
and extends to I 70 from near Channel 10.1 and the Post Office
to the west side and east to I 270 with a highway leading to
the Port Columbus International Airport Terminal.
23 north of Worthington is now home to numerous shopping centers
and urban sprawl nearly all the way to Delaware. The Drive Inns
are gone. The Ruckmore Bar is still open. A new hotel and restaurant
center has popped up behind it which also has an Ultra Screen
and multi screen movie theater. You can still navigate in this
area through construction. Camp Mary Orton has expanded with
a new indoor facility and has added outdoor adventure sets.
Its still a nice escape from the city Jungle. Driving north
on 23 is nearly all developed to Delaware.
shot of I-270 and I 71 (May be
down at times.)