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The two RV Gypsies' 25th Segway tour
started at the Greater Columbus Convention Center
50 E. Nationwide Blvd.
Columbus Ohio 43215
phone '612.222.3005
July 15, 2020

USA map showing location of Ohiostreet map of Columbus

history book

"Columbus is the state capital and the most populous city in Ohio. Named for explorer Christopher Columbus, the city was founded in 1812, at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and assumed the functions of state capital in 1816.

The city has a diverse economy based on education, government, insurance, banking, defense, aviation, food, clothes, logistics, steel, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality, retail, and technology. The metropolitan area is home to the Battelle Memorial Institute, the world's largest private research and development foundation; Chemical Abstracts Service, the world's largest clearinghouse of chemical information; NetJets, the world's largest fractional ownership jet aircraft fleet; and Ohio State University, one of the largest universities in the United States. As of 2018, the city has the headquarters of five corporations in the U.S. Fortune 500: American Electric Power, Cardinal Health, L Brands, Nationwide, and Big Lots." (quote from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

At the Convention Center after the Segway tour, the two RV Gypsies noticed the #1 sign at Charley's Philly Steaks and wondered how it compares to Geno's and Pat's in Philadelphia, but Charley's was closed so they ate one of the few places still open and had a nice snack. NOTE: The two RV Gypsies ate at both Geno's and Pat's in 2014.

Charleys Philly Steaks

SegAway Tours of Columbus
400 North High Street
Columbus Convention Center

The two RV Gypsies enjoyed the thrill of riding on their 25th Segway while discovering the charm and history of Columbus, Ohio. This two-hour guided tour explored miles of peaceful park land along the Scioto River, the thriving Short North Arts District and historic downtown. Their tour guide entertained them with fascinating and humorous stories about Ohio's capital city. Karen really loved his sense of humor. They glided by over 50 sites and attractions including the Ohio Statehouse, Ohio Theater, Laveque Tower, Santa Maria, Union Station Arch, Nationwide Arena, Huntington Park, Goodale Park, Sells Circus house, Arena District and Short North Arts District. It is the only daily Segway tour of Columbus available at this time.

Karen Duquette on the Segway Karen Duquette on the Segway
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Below: Nationwide Arena is a multipurpose arena. Since completion in 2000, the arena has served as the home of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

It is one of two facilities in Columbus, along with Greater Columbus Convention Center, that hosts events during the annual Arnold Classic, a sports and fitness event hosted by actor, bodybuilder, and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In May 2012, Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman made a pitch to the National Basketball Association (NBA) requesting an expansion or relocated team be moved to Nationwide Arena.

Karen Duquette on the Segway Nationwide Arena
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history bookBelow: Columbus Union Station was an intercity train station in Downtown Columbus, Ohio, near The Short North neighborhood. The station and its predecessors served railroad passengers in Columbus from 1851 until April 28, 1977.

The first station building was the first union station in the world, built in 1851. Its replacement was built from 1873 to 1875, just before demolition of the first station building. After traffic problems on High Street, as well as increased rail traffic became problematic, a new station was planned by Daniel Burnham beginning in 1893. The new station opened in 1897, and its arcade along High Street was finished in 1899. By 1928, part of the arcade was demolished. Passenger service significantly declined from the 1950s to the 1970s. The arcade was demolished in 1976 to make way for a new convention center, although it had been placed on the National Register of Historic Places two years prior. Train service stopped at Union Station in 1977, and the remaining portions of the station were demolished in 1979. The demolished arcade was delisted in 1999. A portion of the arcade was saved and is the focal point of the McFerson Commons park in the nearby Arena District. - quote from,_Ohio)

sign about Columbus Union Station Arch
 Columbus Union Station Arch the two RV Gypsies at  Columbus Union Station Arch
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Huntington Park is a baseball stadium located in Columbus, Ohio, United States. It primarily serves as the home of the Columbus Clippers of the International League, the Triple-A minor league affiliate of the Cleveland Indians since 2009.

Huntington Park

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history bookOhio Stadium (also known as the Horseshoe, the Shoe, and the House That Harley Built) is an American football stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on the campus of The Ohio State University. Its primary purpose is the home venue of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team; it also serves as the site for the university's Spring Commencement ceremonies each May. From 1996 to 1998, Ohio Stadium was the home venue for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer prior to the opening of Columbus Crew Stadium in 1999. The stadium also was the home venue for the OSU track and field teams from 1923 to 2001. In addition to athletics, Ohio Stadium is also a concert venue.

The stadium opened in 1922 as a replacement for Ohio Field and had a seating capacity of 66,210. In 1923, a cinder running track was added that was later upgraded to an all-weather track. Seating capacity gradually increased over the years and reached a total of 91,470 possible spectators in 1991. Beginning in 2000, the stadium was renovated and expanded in several phases, removing the track and adding additional seating, which raised the capacity to 101,568 by 2001 and to 102,329 in 2007. In 2014, additional seating was added in the end zone, raising the official capacity to 104,944. Another renovation to add more luxury suites began in 2017 and will eventually lead to a decrease of 2,600 seats. It is the largest stadium by capacity in the state of Ohio, and the third largest on-campus football stadium in the United States. Ohio Stadium was added to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service on March 22, 1974.

Ohio Stadium Ohio Stadium
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Below: Battelle Riverfront Park named in honor of Ohio industrialist Gordon Battelle and funded through the Battelle Memorial Institute, is located on the eastern bank of the Scioto River, across the street from City Hall. The park is home to many monuments and memorials.

Battelle Riverfront Park

Photos taken by Lee Duquette with a small point-and-shoot camera as he rolled along on the Segway. Although Dave, the tour guide, thoroughly explained the scenery and buildings, Karen Duquette's memory is not adequate enough to define everything they saw.

Columbus Ohio Columbus Ohio
The two RV Gypsies on their Segways Columbus Street Car Strike sign
sculptures Freedom plaque
United Mine Workers of America sign statues
statues and flowers tall building
Karen Duquette on the Segway Collumbus Ohio
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Bellow: The National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM) is the United States' national museum for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The museum is located in Columbus, Ohio, along the Scioto River between Franklinton and Downtown Columbus. It opened on October 27, 2018, in a building that cost $82 million to construct and was designed by architecture firm Allied Works Architecture. The museum's main focus is on the personal stories of U.S. veterans, in contrast to other war museums that are dedicated to the conflicts themselves. It is a reimagining of the Franklin County Veterans Memorial, a museum dedicated to veterans from the surrounding county, established in 1955. The Admission Cost on this date in 2020 was $17 for adults, $15 for Seniors, $12 for college student with ID, $10 for children age 5-17, and children under 5 - free. Group tickets available. To demonstrate Veteran or active duty status, you will be asked to show a Veteran ID, military ID, DD214 or driver's license that notes military status upon arrival.

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum The National Veterans Memorial and Museum
Karen Duquette at The National Veterans Memorial and Museum The two RV Gypsies at The National Veterans Memorial and Museum
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Dinosaur museum Cosi Cityview Patio
building monument
Cosi park Cosi park
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Below: The Main Street Bridge in Columbus, Ohio is a 700 foot, three-span, inclined tied arch bridge over the Scioto River. The bridge is the first in North America and the fifth in the world to use an inclined single-rib-tied arch superstructure. The final cost for the bridge was $60.1 million.

The Main Street Bridge in Columbus, Ohio view from The Main Street Bridge in Columbus, Ohio

The Segway tour stopped on the Main Street Bridge for a sip of water, photos, and a view of Columbus.

view from The Main Street Bridge in Columbus, Ohio view from The Main Street Bridge in Columbus, Ohio
The two RV Gypsies on The Main Street Bridge in Columbus, Ohio
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Below: Scioto Mile Fountain in Bicentennial Park - no water in the fountain on this date.

Bicentennial Park sign
Columbus Ohio Columbus Ohio
Columbus Ohio Columbus Ohio

Below: World's Largest Gavel at 68 S Front Street near the Supreme Court Building.

World's Largest Gavel
Planters Peanuts store Planters Peanuts

Below: The Ohio Statehouse is the state capitol building and seat of government for Ohio. The Greek Revival building is located on Capitol Square in downtown Columbus. The capitol houses the Ohio General Assembly, consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate. It also contains the ceremonial offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, state treasurer, and state auditor. Built between 1839 and 1861, it is one of the oldest working statehouses in the United States.

The statehouse's prominent architecture has earned it several landmark designations, including as a National Historic Landmark. The building sees about 500,000 visitors per year.

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The Ohio Statehouse

Below: The west side of the Statehouse and Capitol Square is dominated by the William McKinley Monument, a monumental grouping of statues that honors the nation's 25th President, an Ohio native who was assassinated in 1901.
McKinley was born in 1843, the seventh of nine children of a Scots-Irish family of humble circumstances living in Niles, Ohio. The family moved to nearby Poland, Ohio to take advantage of better schools in that area. Upon completion of high school, McKinley attended college for one term before enlisting in the Union Army in 1861. There he served as a Private in the 23rd Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry, a unit commanded by another future President, Rutherford B. Hayes. When he mustered out in 1865 at wars end, McKinley's combination of initiative, integrity and bravery had earned him several promotions, and he left the service a brevet Major, and would usually be referred to as "Major McKinley" until his election as President.

Karen Duquette at the William McKinley Monument the William McKinley Monument

Below: A swimming pool in-between two hotels.

A swimming pool in-between two hotels.
Karen Duquette on a Segway flower pots
flower pot flowers
Scioto River

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