Since 1814, Columbus has had public markets. Nordmarkt oldest left

Columbus has been a market town since it began as a incorporated city more than 200 years ago.

Founded in 1812 on the high bank at the forks of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, Columbus grew slowly at first as early settlers carved their homes from a dense forest amid the War of 1812. The earliest public building in the new city was the Ohio Penitentiary, which was located on the site of the Priscilla R. Tyson Cultural Arts Center on East Main Street today. Convicts were put to work and helped build the Ohio Statehouse and other buildings in and around Statehouse Square, while other enterprising newcomers built houses, taverns, and inns in town.

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