Newark, Ohio – March 2018 – Trying to Come Back

Newark, Ohio is a city of 50,000 located 30 miles east of Columbus. While the entire Licking County area is growing in population thanks to the proximity of Columbus, downtown Newark has seen better days.

The town however, appears to be working hard to spruce up downtown, and as a result has some nice areas popping up.

The center of town is dominated by the 1876 Licking County Courthouse.

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Just to the south of the courthouse is a farmers market area facing the backs of the buildings on the courthouse square. They have made good use of this area by painting a number of well done murals, although this one is marred by the unfortunate location of the garbage cans.

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Apparently in the early 1900s farmers shipped their produce via Fedex.

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The streetcar in the mural was built in Newark.

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A well designed parking deck added symmetry to the scene.

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While some buildings are awaiting restoration…

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The train station has been restored and is used as offices by a local business.

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But the highlight of the day is in the next post – the Historic Licking County Jail!

 

 

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