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Ghost Towns in Delaware County

The Forgotten Places of Delaware, Ohio…


Have you seen this Ghost Town?

Have you seen this Ghost Town?

According to author and researcher Rick Helwig, there are approximately 8,000 to 9,000 ghost towns in Ohio.  Helwig, the director of the Center for Ghost Town Research in Ohio, spoke to a large crowd during a program put on by the Delaware County Historical Society at the First Presbyterian Church.

Helwig runs the center from his home [Read more…]

Historical society to give presentation on railroads in Delaware County

Delaware’s Hilborn to Discuss Delaware County Rails on March 31
Delaware County Historical Society member Jack Hilborn will discuss “Railroads in Delaware County” at 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 31 at the Hilborn Room at Mingo Park.
Hilborn  will discuss the railroads, streetcars and interurbans that once offered Delaware citizens access to places in the city, the county and central Ohio.
Streetcars ran along many Delaware streets. Interurban lines connected Delaware with Columbus, Marion, Richwood and Magnetic Springs. Hilborn’s presentation will include historic photos.
The March program, the first in a series of DCHS programs planned for 2014, is free and open to the public.
Hilborn, a Delaware native and a graduate of Hayes High School, graduated from Ohio University in Athens. He’s now in his 40th year in the insurance industry, after a brief stint as director of public relations for a large Cincinnati company. An avid model railroader, collector of O-tinplate electric trains, and a student of railroad history, Hilborn twice served on the board of   the Ohio Railway Museum in Worthington. He also is a former member of the board and committee chair of the National Railway Historical Society based in Philadelphia, and is a member of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and the C&O Railroad Historical Society.
Hilborn is vice president in charge of development of the Delaware County Historical Society and its longest serving board member.
For more information about the March 31 program, call 740-369-3831 or email

UPDATE: Columbus Bomb Squad at Delaware Historical Society

Columbus Bomb Squad is called in to the Delaware Historical Society today for mutual aid. Firefighters on scene believe an old artillery shell on display from WII is still armed and live.

A curator suspected that it was live after watching a documentary on artillery pieces.

Little Street is closed between E. Winter and E. William Street since the Bomb Squad may detonate it on site.


Columbus Bomb Squad on site @ 6pm

UPDATE July, 25 9:30 am.

Spoke with Mr. Brent Carson of the Delaware Historical Society.

The Columbus Bomb Squad did remove an undetonated artillery artifact from the building. Mr. Carson said the ordinance was X-rayed and believes it was taken to the old City Dump on the Eastside in a city truck filled with dirt in a firetruck “caravan” and detonated.

They artifact itself is an unexploded artillery piece lodged in an estimated 4 foot section of a tree, that still had its bark. It is unknown who donated the piece, or how long it has been there.

The Historical Society will be going through documents to find out what they can about it. The piece had been sitting in storage for sometime.

The volunteer who found it had recently watched an “Antiques Road Show” episode covering Civil War artifacts. In the episode it was mentioned that one of the problems with war relics is they can sometimes still be active. When he discovered the piece he called Delaware, City Fire who called in the Columbus Bomb Squad.

Mr. Carson did say everyone from the volunteers to the fire department did an “excellent” job in dealing with the situation and no one was hurt.

Mr. Carson did go on to say that plenty of pictures were taken, and that there was discussion on preserving the tree trunk for posterity. However he does not know the outcome of the tree at this time.

We will continue to follow this story and provide updates when available.