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 Ohio Department of Transportation  Internet News Release
March 26, 2003

ODOT Unveils Bicentennial Map

(COLUMBUS) The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) unveiled its new Ohio highway map this month, commemorating Ohios bicentennial celebration. The map coincides with the states year-long birthday celebration which officially kicked off March 1.

The map is packed with stories related to transportation in Ohio such as Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers, the National Road, Railroads, the Ohio River, Lake Erie, and the Underground Railroad. In addition, the map features Ohio presidents, Ohio facts, and 2003 bicentennial signature events commemorating our states 200th birthday.

Families can use the map to pick popular vacation destinations around the state. For families wanting some thrills and chills, Ohio has several theme parks including Cedar Point in Sandusky, Kings Island in Cincinnati, Six Flags in Aurora, and Wyandot Lake in Columbus. Those wanting a more relaxed vacation can choose from one of Ohios 72 state parks where they can bike, boat, camp, fish, hike, swim and learn about nature and the outdoors.

Ohio has plenty of indoor attractions too, including the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland; Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton; art museums in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo; Centers of Science and Industry in Columbus and Toledo; Ohio Historical Society in Columbus; U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton; and hundreds of other museums spread across Ohio.

The first official Ohio highway map was printed in 1912. The first multi-color map was printed in 1914 and the first two-sided map came off the press in 1928. Art was used for the first time on an Ohio map in 1935, and the first full-color map appeared in 1942.

The full-color map is available at ODOT buildings and rest areas, and will be featured at the Ohio State Fair in August. The department prints new maps every two years.