History's New Record
The history of Westerville is written on its walls.
Written on the 37 decorative plaques installed on the facades of buildings in Uptown. The recent addition of 17 plaques nearly doubled the original plaques installed in 2019 as a project of Uptown Westerville, Inc. and the Westerville Historical Society.
Former Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi and current City Councilman Dennis Blair provided a brief history of the city and the plaques in a presentation to the Historical Society last Friday at the Westerville Library.
She told the crowded meeting room that “Much of the history of the community is reflected in the changes on State Street. Changes from muddy, unpaved streets and sidewalks with no lights and no water or gas pipes to the present day, with sidewalks, hard surface roads, electric lights, and other amenities. “
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Cocuzzi related stories of the Weyant Block which was the site of a fatal fire and home to the telephone company. She also told of the failed attempts to allow bowling and movies to be allowed on Sunday and the arrest of