Franklinton was the first settlement in Central Ohio, and it gave birth to Columbus. Here's a look at what has happened there over the years.

Franklinton was the first settlement in Central Ohio, and it gave birth to Columbus. Here's a look at what has happened there over the years.

1797: Land surveyor Lucas Sullivant lays out a settlement along the western banks of the Scioto River. The concept is named after Benjamin Franklin.

1798: The river floods, and Sullivant is forced to remap the city.

1803: Fifty-nine ballots from Franklin Township are counted in the first state election.

1816: The first bridge connecting Franklinton to Columbus opens near where the Broad Street bridge stands today.

1824: The county seat is moved from Franklinton to Columbus.

1872: Franklinton is annexed to Columbus.

1898: A flood transforms the neighborhood into a giant lake as deep as 10 feet.

1913: The river floods in one of Ohio's worst natural disasters. It kills 93 people and leaves 20,000 homeless.

1959: The river breaks through a levee and again floods Franklinton, leaving 10,000 homeless.

1983: The Federal Emergency Management Agency declares almost all of Franklinton to be a floodplain. City Council adopts an ordinance that restricts building in the area.

1993: Construction begins on the $134 million Franklinton Floodwall, a 7.25-mile barrier made of steel, concrete, dirt and sand.

2004: In March, the floodwall is completed. This safety measure erases building restrictions that hindered development.

2010: The Main Street bridge opens in July, creating a new link between Franklinton and Downtown. Two-way traffic opened in May 2011.

Source: Columbus Dispatch research