Delaware News

Delaware's Hilborn to discuss county rails March 31

Delaware County Historical Society member and longtime Delaware business owner Jack Hilborn will discuss "Railroads in Delaware County" at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, at the Hilborn Room at Mingo Park.

The March program, the first in a series of DCHS programs planned for 2014, is free and open to the public.

Hilborn, longtime owner of Hilborn Insurance, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, will discuss the railroads, streetcars and interurbans that once offered Delaware citizens access to places in the city, the county and central Ohio.

Streetcars ran along many Delaware streets. Interurban lines connected Delaware with Columbus, Marion, Richwood and Magnetic Springs. Hilborn's presentation will include historic photos.

Hilborn, a Delaware native and a graduate of Hayes High School, graduated from Ohio University in Athens. He's now in his 40th year in the insurance industry, after a brief stint as director of public relations for a large Cincinnati company. An avid model railroader, collector of O-tinplate electric trains, and a student of railroad history, Hilborn twice served on the board of the Ohio Railway Museum in Worthington. He also is a former member of the board and committee chair of the National Railway Historical Society based in Philadelphia, and is a member of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and the C&O Railroad Historical Society.

Hilborn is vice president in charge of development of the Delaware County Historical Society and its longest serving board member.

For more information about the March 31 program, call 740-369-3831.