Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
William and Hannah Neil
William Neil and his wife Hannah Schwing Neil each played significant roles in the early development of Columbus.
William was a large, outgoing, and ambitious man determined to make a fortune. His first successful business was a tavern on High Street, across from the Statehouse. The tavern was the forerunner of three Neil House Hotels on the site, and each served as a political and business power center, in their day.
William entered the transportation business in a big way. He started and merged several stagecoach lines, becoming known as “The Stagecoach King”. He controlled much of the passenger traffic into the area, thus, providing tenants and customers for his tavern and hotel. Working with other prominent businessmen, he was instrumental in bringing the first railroad to Columbus, the Columbus & Xenia Railroad.
William also built his fortune by investing in land. He acquired a large tract of land north of the city that reached from First Avenue to Lane Avenue, and filled most of the acreage between High Street and the Olentangy River. His farm's main entrance was a private drive that today is called Neil Avenue, and is the street that runs north from the park. Upon his death, the Neil farm became the site for the main campus of The Ohio State University.
William's wife, Hannah,
Erected by City of Columbus.
Location. 39° 57.931′ N, 83° 0.571′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Long Street (U.S. 33) and Neil Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Long Street. Touch for map. Marker is in North Bank Park. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus OH 43215, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Urban Face of the Scioto River (within shouting distance of this marker); Transportation, Growth, and Development (within shouting distance of this marker); Working Class Neighborhoods (within shouting distance of this marker); Native Americans The Railroads (about 500 feet away); The Irish in Columbus (about 600 feet away); General John Hunt Morgan, CSA / Morgan's Escape (about 800 feet away); Columbus' First Professional Game (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 20, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,642 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 20, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.