The OLENTANGY RIVER /oʊlənˈtændʒi/ is a 97-mile-long (156 km)
tributary of the
Scioto River in
* 1 History
* 2 Geography
* 3 Variant names
* 4 River restoration
* 5 Popular Culture
* 6 See also
* 7 References
* 8 External links
It was originally called keenhongsheconsepung, a Delaware word
literally translated as "stone for your knife stream", based on the
flint found along its shores. Early settlers to the region translated
this into "Whetstone River". In 1833, the
Ohio General Assembly passed
legislation intending to restore the original Native American names to
Ohio waterways, but mistakenly gave Whetstone River the name
"Olentangy"—Delaware for "river of the red face paint"—which had
actually belonged to what is now known as
Big Darby Creek . Lane
Avenue Bridge in Columbus, Ohio, near The
Ohio State University campus
Olentangy River rises in Crawford County approximately 2 mi (3.2
km) northeast of Galion , flowing through Galion and northwest towards
Bucyrus , where it then turns south and flows through Eastern Marion
Ohio (where it is still locally known as the Whetstone River)
before flowing south into Delaware County. The river continues
southward towards the communities of Delaware , Powell , Worthington ,
and the village of Riverlea , before reaching Columbus and the campus
Ohio State University , before joining with the
Scioto River in
downtown Columbus .
Delaware State Park Reservoir, also known as Delaware Lake, was
constructed along the
Olentangy River in 1951. The reservoir is
located 5 miles north of the city of Delaware, and was built by the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control purposes. On January
13, 2005, Delaware Dam was nearly overtopped. The water level came
within less than 1 foot of the top of the dam, requiring the main
spill gates to be opened before it began dropping.
Olentangy River is the primary source of drinking water for much
of Delaware County. Both the City of Delaware and Del-Co Water
Company, the supplier of drinking water to most of rural Delaware
County (and other communities beyond), draw the majority of their
water supplies from the Olentangy system.
Twenty-two miles of the Olentangy have been designated a State Scenic
River by the
Ohio Department of Natural Resources , Division of
Natural Areas ">
* ^ U.S. Geological Survey. Blooming Grove quadrangle, Ohio.
1:24,000. 7.5 Minute Series. Washington D.C.: USGS, 1988.
* ^ U.S. Geological Survey. Southwest Columbus quadrangle, Ohio.
1:24,000. 7.5 Minute Series. Washington D.C.: USGS, 1995.
* ^ "Map of
* ^ "The National Map". U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 14
* ^ "Delaware Dam nearly overtopped on January 13, 2005".
* ^ "Olentangy State Scenic River".
* ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System:
* ^ "Removing the Fifth Avenue Dam". Retrieved 30 January 2017.
* ^ "5th Ave Dam Project". Retrieved 30 January 2017.
* ^ EPA,OW, US. "Polluted Runoff: Nonpoint Source Pollution" (PDF).
Retrieved 30 January 2017.
* ^ "Jackson\'s Last Call". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2 August