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  • City of Powell

    Nestled between the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, the land that includes present day Powell was part of a 4,000 acre tract granted to James Parker in 1800 for payment for his services during the Revolutionary War. The acreage was subsequently subdivided and a 500 acre tract in Southern Liberty Township was deeded to Thomas R. Hall. The first settlers disembarked on the shores of the Olentangy River near the Liberty Presbyterian Church on May 1, 1801. By 1813, the settlement a few miles southwest was known as Middlebury as the settlers came from the Middlebury, Connecticut, area.

    In 1850 Thomas Hall opened a general store at the crossroads. The store served several roles in town, including that of a mail drop-off point. Around 1857, the settlement applied for a post office of its own. Apparently, granting such a request required some help which was given by Judge Thomas Watkins Powell of Delaware, Ohio. In appreciation for this assistance, the village was renamed Powell.

    The town begins to thrive with the arrival of the Columbus and Toledo Railroad in 1872. A.G. (Gordon) Hall, son of Thomas, donates a right away through farmland for the railroad tracks assuring Powell of a depot and connection to the rest of the area. Gordon Hall initiates the surveying and plotting of the town proper which is recorded on March 29, 1876.

    In 1947, Powell was incorporated as a Village. In early 1980 the population began to grow from 378 to approximately 12,000 in population by 2013. Powell became a city in April of 2000. Much of the growth of Powell is associated with the expansion of the Metro Columbus area.

    Two organizations that help promote events and business in the downtown area are The Greater Powell Area Chamber of Commerce, and since 2006, The Heart of Powell, Inc. The Heart of Powell organization is a Main Street program. Main Street helps preserve historical sites of the community. Both of these organizations work with the business community to draw clientele to the downtown and coordinate the needs of the downtown business community.

    "Liberty Township is one of the wealthy flourishing subdivisions of the country." Is this a publicity line from a recent news article? No, in fact, it is a quote from the year 1880. (Powell/Liberty Historical Society).

  • For more information on the Powell Area and Services:

    Powell Community and Area
    City of Powell: www.cityofpowell.us
    Powell YMCA: www.ymcacolumbus.com
    Olentangy Schools: www.olentangy.k12.oh.us
    Catholic Schools: www.cdeducation.org
    Parks & Recreation: www.cityofpowell.us
    Olentangy Youth Athletic Association: www.oyaa.org
    Olentangy Swim Association: www.osapool.org
    Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: www.colszoo.org
    Polaris Mall: www.polarisfashionplace.com
    MOMS Club of Powell, Northeast: http://sites.google.com/site/momsclubpowellne/

    Township, County & State Information
    Concord Township: www.concordtwp.org
    Liberty Township: www.libertytwp.org
    Orange Township: www.orangetwp.org
    Delaware County Information: www.co.delaware.oh.us
    Delaware County Convention & Visitors Bureau: www.visitdelohio.com
    State Department of Education: www.ode.state.oh.us
    State Officials and Agencies: www.state.oh.us
    Ohio Census Information: www.census.gov
    Ohio Small Business Administration: www.scorecolumbus.org
    Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources: www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks

    Local Newspapers
    The Columbus Dispatch: www.dispatch.com
    The Delaware Gazette www.delgazette.com
    ThisWeek Newspaper: www.thisweeknews.com

    Utility Services
    American Electric Power: www.aep.com
    AT&T: www.att.com
    Columbia Gas: www.columbiagasohio.com
    Delco water: www.delcowater.com
    Suburban gas: www.sngco.com
    Frontier Communications: www.frontier.com/customerservice

    Cable Companies
    Insight cable: www.insight-com.com
    Warner cable: www.timewarnercable.com
    WOW cable: www.wowway.com

    Powell Area Statistics: (2010 US Census)

    Population - approximately 12,000

    Median Age - 34.7 years
    Average number in a household - 3.03 persons
    Percentage High School education - 98.8%
    Percentage Bachelor's Degree or higher - 68.6%
    Median Household income - $115,904
    Average House Price - $427,244*
    *(Columbus Board of Realtors, 2006)

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