An idea that local history enthusiast Shirley Hyatt conceived nearly six years ago is about to come to fruition.

An idea that local history enthusiast Shirley Hyatt conceived nearly six years ago is about to come to fruition.

The Clintonville Historical Society has obtained funding to pay for the first three of a planned series of markers commemorating locations of special significance in the neighborhood's past, President Mary Rodgers said last week.

"These markers are something that has gained popularity over the decades," she said. "We find that small towns or communities become more of a destination when these historical markers are in place."

Hyatt, author of Images of America: Clintonville and Beechwold, has her own website and blog,, devoted to the neighborhood's past.

In a post on the site dated August 2008, Hyatt listed some existing historical markers in the community, including the ones at Charity Newsies, the Ohio State School for the Blind and the Ohio School for the Deaf.

"Wouldn't it be nice to see more of Clintonville's history told via these markers?" she wrote.

"We've had the idea for quite some time, but I don't think we've had the financial resources to do that," Rodgers said.

The proposed markers cost $2,500 each, she said.

Through donations from members in recent years, the money is on hand to install the initial trio of two-sided markers, Rodgers said. Those locations are:

* Cooke Road near Indianola Avenue, with one side devoted to the mural on the railroad underpass and the other focusing on the Dominion Land Co. mound.

* North High Street near Henderson Road, with one side offering information about the Beechwold neighborhood and the other dealing with the nearby Urban cottages.

* North High Street and North Broadway, with one side offering information on the society's Memory Lane project and the other giving information on the Bull family.

"They're nice-sized markers, but you'd have to be on the sidewalk to read them," Rodgers said. "The point is that you'll have to work and you'll read these markers and they'll pique your interest about the history of the community."

The first of the installations is planned for September.

A display on the historical marker program will go up at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library in May, according to the society's March newsletter.

Hyatt, a longtime member of the society, was out of town last week and unavailable for an interview, but did respond to a request for comment via email.

"CHS is uniquely positioned to take a holistic view of Clintonville's marker opportunities, to prioritize them and fundraise accordingly, and to build enthusiasm among potential private donors," Hyatt wrote. "I'm thrilled that Mary Rodgers and the CHS are taking this on in a formal, programmatic way, and that they have succeeded in getting funding for the first batch of markers. I know it is something that her predecessor, Algy McBride, had also wanted to see.

"Clintonville has some powerful stories, and some fun stories, yet relatively few markers."

Other potential sites for markers listed in the society's newsletter include:

* The west side of North High Street at Olentangy Street, focusing on the former Olentangy Amusement Park and Olentangy Village.

* The east side of North High Street at Clinton Heights Avenue, commemorating the Clinton Theatre and Clinton Township School, both now demolished.

* The west side of Indianola Avenue at Clinton Heights Avenue, offering information on the Indianola Theatre and the Evanston Depot.