The first pioneers came to Westerville using a Native people trail that became Route 161. More than 150 years passed before the completion of I-270 at Westerville Road. Vehicles changed from horse and oxen-drawn wagons to cars, trucks and motorcycles fueled by gas, diesel and electricity. The arrival of the train and trolley were greeted with great excitement by Westerville citizens but both disappeared as new forms of transportation became popular.
If those pioneers who came here 200 years ago could visit today, we can only imagine their shock at the changes in transportation: forests have become roads; bridges span the local creeks; airplanes occupy the sky with the birds; and cars travel busy highways at 70 miles per hour arriving quickly at their destinations.