Springfield airports (part 2) – 3 more within 90 minutes

Here is some information on each airport within a short distance of the Greater Springfield area:

Port Columbus International Airport (CMH)

  • Distance from downtown Springfield: 52 miles
  • Drive time from downtown Springfield: 59 minutes
  • Purpose: passenger, cargo
  • Enplanements (2008): 3.4 million
  • Landed weight (2008): none (Rickenbacker handles the cargo)

Since its opening in 1929, Port Columbus has been on the leading edge of the air transportation industry.

Progress is building at Port Columbus, which had a 15% increase in passengers in 2007 for a total of 7.7 million. Approximately 10 million annual passengers can be accommodated by the current terminal, which based on growth projections is expected to reach capacity in 2020. A proactive capital improvement plan positions the airport to have facilities ready when growth demands them, and just as importantly, not before they are required.

Port Columbus is more than just airplanes and runways. According to the January 2005 independent economic impact study it also meant thousands of jobs, millions of dollars in paychecks and billions of dollars in total economic activity.

>> Port Columbus stats for 2010

>> Port Columbus stats for 2009

Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK)

  • Distance from downtown Springfield: 56 miles
  • Drive time from downtown Springfield: 63 minutes
  • Purpose: commercial (cargo), military, passenger (small)
  • Enplanements (2008): 12,000 (384th)
  • Landed Weight (2008): 730 million lbs. (34th)

From Wikipedia: “Rickenbacker International Airport is a joint civil-military public airport located 10 miles (16 km) south of the central business district of Columbus, near the village of Lockbourne in extreme southern Franklin County, Ohio, United States. The southern end of the airport extends into northern Pickaway County. The base was named for the famous early aviator and Columbus native Eddie Rickenbacker. It is managed by the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which also operates Port Columbus International Airport and Bolton Field. Rickenbacker International is used primarily as a cargo airport for the city of Columbus and a growing number of passenger charter carriers are using the airport as well.

Rickenbacker used to be run by the Rickenbacker Port Authority, until merging in 2003 with Port Columbus and Bolton field creating the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. As of July 2006, Rickenbacker is the world’s 126th busiest cargo airport according to Air Cargo World. Rickenbacker ranks as one of the worlds top 20 fastest growing cargo airports in July 2006 with 112,888 tons, a 15.3% increase from the previous year. This is mainly due to the transfer of AirNet Systems operations from Port Columbus International Airport to Rickenbacker. This number is expected to increase with the introduction of the new intermodal facility that is under construction. As of now it has scheduled service from FedEx Express along with FedEx Feeder contractors, Mountain Air Cargo and CSA Air and UPS Airlines along with contractors Air Cargo Carriers. Multi-weekly 747 freighter service is operated by Evergreen International Airlines, Atlas Air, and Kalitta Air. Another airline based at Rickenbacker is Snow Aviation. Rickenbacker International Airport was also the site for filming all aircraft exterior shots in the movie Air Force One starring Harrison Ford.”

>> Whole Wikipedia article

>> About the airport

>> Foreign Trade Zone

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)

  • Distance from western Springfield: 90 miles
  • Drive time from downtown Springfield: 1 hour, 35 minutes
  • Purpose: passenger (Delta hub), commercial
  • Enplanements (2008): 6.6 million (rank – 32nd)
  • Landed weight (2008): 207 million lbs. (93rd)

From a single terminal in 1947, CVG has grown into a major international gateway, serving as many passengers today in one year as it handled in its first two decades. CVG is also a major driver of the local economy, helping to support more than 50,000 tri-state jobs.

CVG is just 10 minutes from Covington, Newport, downtown Cincinnati and dozens of major attractions. Located within a two-hour flight of 60 percent of the U.S. population, CVG is one of the easiest airports to navigate thanks to its modern design and lack of congestion. Travelers worldwide have rated CVG one of the best airports for service and convenience 10 years running.

  • 700 daily departures/arrivals to and from 95 cities non stop, with daily international flights including nonstop service to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Rome, Toronto and Montreal
  • All-jet regional hub to secondary cities in the Midwest and Canada
  • Delta’s second largest hub and home of Comair
  • One of only five airports in the world with runway facilities that allow triple simultaneous takeoffs and landings

Airport annual report

Other statistics


Tour of Whitewater Corridor

The Chamber’s resident Director of Marketing, Chris Schutte takes us on a tour of the Snyder Park Whitewater Corridor (spot number two) in this interactive, narrated video. Check it out below.

The video was most recently featured on the Chamber of Commerce’s new blog, http://greaterspringfield.wordpress.com which will incorporate news and articles about the Chamber, Springfield community events and information from my blog as well. Be sure to bookmark it.

New Wright Brothers documentary: “On Great White Wings”

The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

This is a 2-minute sample from the documentary, “On Great White Wings.”  This DVD chronicles the life and times of the Wright Brothers and their quest for flight. It depicts the events that shaped the lives of Wilbur and Orville Wright at what is now Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park in Ohio. For visitor information visit nps.gov/daav.

Video: Riding with the Wright Brothers — where it all began

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base may be the jewel in Ohio’s aerospace crown, but without the Wright Brothers to pave the way, who knows what Ohio’s aviation history would look like? Take a ride with Orville and Wilber in this segment from “On Great White Wings,” a documentary that re-creates the key events of the Wright Brothers development of the airplane. It is installed at the National Park Service’s Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park visitor center in Dayton.

The DVD is available on location at Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and from www.finleyholiday.com

>> Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park Web site

>> Finley Holiday Films

10 MORE cool things I want to do in 2010 (that I haven’t done yet)

I did a post yesterday about 10 things I wanted to do this year for fun – some events, some places.  These are things I hadn’t done yet.  Well, the list isn’t done yet…lol.  These next 10 are the honorable mentions, the things that I hope to do this year (would be nice).

11. New Carlisle Heritage of Flight I blogged about this event and some of the international dancers appearing at this really neat festival with a parade of planes in the city of New Carlisle.  From my blog post – One of the great things about the Springfield and Clark County area is our many unique festivals.  I certainly don’t claim that we are the only location with many local festivals, but I do claim that ours are some of the most interesting.  The Heritage of Flight Festival in New Carlisle is one such festival.  Of course, there are all the standard trappings of fun – food and vendors galore, a parade, a cruise-in of classic cars, carnival rides and games, and live entertainment.  But there are some unique things, like horsedrawn carriage rides, helicopter and hot air balloon rides, golf cart, motorcycle, and tractor cruise-ins, model rocket blastoffs, and entertainers from around the world.”

12. Summer Arts Festival – from an editorial in the Springfield News-Sun: “Free is good. Especially when money is tight.  The recently ended Summer Arts Festival is a welcome respite in any year, but a gift of nightly entertainment this year has to be counted among our blessings.  If you could get to Veterans Park, maybe toting a lawn chair, you’re set for the night…Few other events bring the mix of people out on a June or July night to mingle together.  Many children grow up never seeing a well done musical. Ours had this year’s performance of “The Music Man” offered for the taking.  Many towns never get 5,000 people together to rock out in a beautiful park.  Phil Dirt and the Dozers made their annual pilgrimage to the festival to turn back the clock to rock’s classic age and make a lot of old people young again for at least one night of the year.  Many places never offer their talented offspring a place to showcase their talents. North grad Griffin House has entertained the world, but he still finds his way to the park.”

13. Hertzler House – missed the opportunity to tour the  house during the Fair at New Boston, which is also held at George Rogers Clark park.  From the website: “The Historic Hertzler House provides a glimpse of 19th century midwestern lifestyle in Clark County, Ohio through the 1854 home of Daniel and Catherine Hertzler, Mennonites from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who were prominent citizens.  Hertzler amassed a fortune with an entrepreneurial spirit building a grist mill, a saw mill, a brick distillery, and a whiskey distillery.  He farmed over 1,000 acres and was a money lender.  The house was designed for convenience and furnishings reflect the pre-Civil War period.  There are a few pieces from the Herzler family and the remainder are antiques or reproductions of the period.”

14. Whitewater! – dare I try this new amenity to Springfield, Ohio?  If I can find training for this activity I will have to try it.  Apparently, you get a kayak and play in the water when they release it from the low-head dams.  Here was a blog I did (and some video) of it.

15. Santa Maria – a really cool thing just 45 min. away in Columbus.  From their website: “The world was forever changed when, in 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail searching for a direct trade route to the Indies.  Carrying him was the Santa Maria, a 98-foot wooden “nao”, or typical cargo ship.  More than 500 years later, you can tour the world’s most authentic, museum-quality replica of Christopher Columbus’ flagship. Guided tours dramatize the daring and determination it took for these explorers to set out on their mission. Fascinating displays show the far-ranging impact of the encounter of two worlds that existed in 1492.”

16. Sunwatch Indian Village – from Wikipedia – “SunWatch Indian Village / Archaeological Park is a recreated Fort Ancient Native American village that sits alongside the Great Miami River in Dayton, Ohio.  Amateurs had found some materials at the site in the 1960s. The site was professionally excavated from 1971-1988. Findings from the archaeological work were used to help recreate the village. It was named Sun Watch because scholars believe that a complex of posts in the center related to astronomical measurements. The Fort Ancient culture people would have planned rituals around a solar calendar.”

17. Springfield Art Museum Tour – I’ve visited the facility many times, but only been with one of the staff once for a brief visit by Ohio Senate President Bill Harris.  I want to arrange a time where I can get a tour  of the various works and their significance.  The Springfield Art Association was founded in 1946, and the first part of the museum facility was built in 1967.  In 1995, the museum raised $4 million to renovate the existing 15,000 square feet and to construct a new 20,000 addition. 

18. The Wilds – this attraction is 2-3 hours away in Cambridge, Ohio, but I think it will be worth the drive time if I can swing it.  From Wikipedia – “The Wilds is a private, non-profit wildlife conservation center located in Muskingum County, Ohio. It is situated on 9,154 acres (37.04 km²) of reclaimed coal mine land and is home to over 25 non-native and hundreds of native species. The Wilds is the largest wildlife conservation center for endangered species in North America and is open between the months of May and October.”

19. Springfield Country Club – ah golf, I am working on actually playing for the first time since I was a boy this coming year.  I have a golf bag and some drivers and am working on irons.  I have an invite to play at this famous Donald Ross designed course.  I know it will be over my head, but the view is so beautiful from the clubhouse that if I get my clubs together and some lessons/practice, I will venture out here.  From their website: “Founded in 1898, the Springfield Country Club sits at the edge of rolling fields overlooking a beautiful valley with a challenging 18-hole championship golf course, a six lane competition swimming pool with slide, and six outdoor tennis courts.  Springfield Country Club offers 18 holes of championship golf set in the rolling hills of the Miami Valley.  Designed by famous architect Donald Ross, Springfield Country Club remains one of the most original and unaltered Ross designs in the country.”

20.  Hershey, PA – my five-year old daughter is an absolute chocolate freak, so this might be our family vacation this year.  From Wikipedia – “The community is home to The Hershey Company which also makes the well-known Hershey bar and Hershey’s Kisses, as well as the parent to the H. B. Reese Candy Company, manufacturer of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  Hershey’s Chocolate World is a factory store and virtual tour ride of The Hershey Company.  Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company owns and operates Hersheypark, Hersheypark Stadium and other attractions such as ZooAmerica, Hershey Gardens, and is a major employer of the community and surrounding area.”

10 cool things I want to do in 2010 (that I haven’t done yet)

Kevin Rose, the historian at the Turner Foundation, and I were talking this afternoon about the things we want to do for this coming year – fun, neat places and events that I haven’t had a chance to do yet since my family and I have been in Springfield. Last year was a good one – we did several new things including the Enon Apple Butter Festival, the Yellow Springs Street Fair, the Fair at New Boston, the Renaissance Festival, the Boonshoft Museum and Clark County Fair (which I haven’t blogged about yet), Oktoberfest/Culturefest, Clifton Mill, and more. But here’s what I don’t want to miss for 2010 (my top 10 plus some honorable mentions):

Exterior of the Frank Lloyd Wright Westcott House

Front view of the Frank Lloyd Wright Westcott House

1. Westcott House Tour – I’ve been to the Westcott House on more than one occasion, and I even blogged about it when my friends Vicki Rulli and Tom Heaphy with Itinerant Studio did a photo exhibition in conjunction with Naysan McIlhargey of Miami Valley Pottery. But I haven’t gotten an official tour. The house is Frank Lloyd Wright’s best example of prairie style in Ohio and one of his top ten houses in US (according to one source). It was renovated in 2004 at a cost of over $5M. It was done right after FLW came back from Japan. A real gem. I’m gonna get my FLW history fix this year.

2. Hartmann Rock Garden – speaking of gems, this one came into my awareness in 2009, but I never made it out there. It made the news here as the Kohler Foundation out of Wisconsin invested a lot of money to restore it. Here’s what it is: “From 1932-1939, H.G. Hartman built a 35’ x 140’ rock garden in Springfield, OH. It contains approximately 20,000 individual stones. Hartman started with a fish pond and then filled his yard with statues, miniature stone castles, cathedrals, and other historic buildings. There are models of the White House, tributes to boxer Joe Louis and the Dionne Quintuplets, as well as religious scenes.”

3. Holiday in the City – just came back from Thanksgiving visit to my folks in Toledo and was too exhausted to do this event the last Saturday in November. From a Springfield News-Sun article: “True to form, when asked what the best part of the night had been, “Santa Claus!” remained the highlight of the evening after the two brothers oohed and aahed through the community tree lighting, the lighting of the buildings downtown and grand fireworks – set to the tune of classic Christmas carols. An estimated 14,000 to 15,000 people attended…”

4. Splash Zone – I’ve blogged about it, but I have not yet taken my family to this National Trails run community waterpark about 5 minutes from my house. It will be a top priority in the summertime. From my blog – “What could be more fun than romping around in over 377,000 gallons of water and racing down 400’ of water slides? In its first three days of being open in 2009, over 1000 people jumped, slid, and swam into fun at Springfield’s 10-acre Splash Zone Family Aquatic Center. The park opened in 2007 at a cost of $6 million and is a public facility owned and operated by the National Trail Parks & Recreation District, Springfield’s parks department. In addition to the waterslides, the park also features a 280’ lazy river, Ohio’s first bowl slide, a 25’ competition lap pool, a beach-style entry pool, heated areas, diving boards, children’s sprayground, as well as a bathhouse and basketball court.”

5. Knob Prairie Mound and Miamisburg Mound – I haven’t visited the Knob Prairie Mound or the one in Miamisburg , which is the largest conical (cone-shaped) Adena mound in Ohio. The Knob Prairie Mound in Enon (Clark County) is the second largest. What is an Adena mound and when was it built, you ask? From Adena.com: “About 1000 B.C. we can mark the beginning of a new period for man in North America. This period, which lasted until about 700 A.D., is called the Woodland Period…These people are known to us today by the general term of the Mound Builders. They were so named for their practice of creating earthen burial mounds and other earthworks…The Adena built mounds generally ranging in size from 20 to 300 feet in diameter…They had well-organized societies since the construction of the mounds took a great deal of effort. A majority of the people were cremated after death, placed in small log tombs and covered with earth. More important people were often buried in the flesh and laid to rest with a variety of artifacts such as flints, beads, pipes, and mica and copper ornaments.

6. Preservation Alliance Walking Tours – I couldn’t find any great info from the web to describe these. They are really worth the time. Springfield is very rich in architectural history and interest for a community of this size and we have some people that really groove on it, like Kevin Rose. He and others provide really interesting and fun tours that help one appreciate the great building traditions we have in our community. From their website: “The Springfield Preservation Alliance will celebrate Springfield’s distinct architecture and history with our seventh annual Summer Walking Tour Series next summer. History, design, and local professionals will guide each tour, which last one and a half to two hours.”

7. Buck Creek State Park Walking Trails – My family and I have enjoyed the CBJ Reservoir (which I have to blog about next year – great place to visit – 2400 foot sand beach), but I’ve never walked any of the trails. It’s great having a State park in your own backyard, and I intend to experience most of it this year. There are two main trails, the Buckhorn Trail, which is 7.5 miles (and moderate in difficulty) and the Lakeview Trail, which is 2.5 miles (also moderate).

8. Jungle Jim’s – This attraction is located down near Cincinnati and was on my list for 2009, but I just didn’t get there. Here’s a great description from their website: “Jungle Jim’s International Market is described as a theme park for foodies. Founded in 1974 by “Jungle” Jim Bonaminio, the store started as a small produce stand and has grown to over 6½ acres. Jungle Jim’s is noted for having one of the largest wine collections in the United States, live seafood tanks, and an in-store cooking school in addition to a 1000 person Event Center. Each week, the store is visited by approximately 50,000 shoppers, who are known as “Foodies”. Many of the 50,000 specialty products in the store’s International department are difficult to find elsewhere in the Greater Cincinnati area, and customers have been known to drive from other cities, and even states, for the store’s wide variety of foods and unique shopping experience.”

9. IKEA – IKEA is a Swedish furniture manufacturer – From Hoovers: “How Swede it is. One of the world’s top furniture retailers, IKEA sells Scandinavian-style home furnishings and other housewares in about 295 stores in some 40 countries. To cut transportation costs, IKEA uses flat packaging; customers assemble the products at home. The company designs its own furniture, which is made by nearly 1,400 suppliers in more than 50 countries. IKEA’s stores feature playrooms for children and Swedish cuisine restaurants. It also sells by mail order and online. An acronym for founder Ingvar Kamprad and his boyhood home, Elmtaryd, Agunnaryd, IKEA began operating in Sweden in 1943.” The store in West Chester (between Cincinnati and Dayton) opened March 12, 2008 and is the first IKEA store in Ohio. It’s a 344,000 sq. ft. facility with a 26 acre pond, 48 room settings, 3 fully furnished home interiors, a 350+ seat restaurant, Swedish food market, bistro featuring 50¢ hot dogs, and a supervised children’s play area (for children 37″ – 54″ tall).

10. Newport Aquarium – we go to the Columbus Zoo multiple times a year. It is a great place, and the blog post I did on it is one of my earlies. Here’s what Wikipedia says about it – “The Newport Aquarium is located in Newport, Kentucky, at Newport on the Levee. The aquarium has 70 exhibits and 14 galleries, including five seamless acrylic tunnels totaling over 200 feet in length. The aquarium showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water, including the enormously popular “Scooter” and “Sweet Pea,” two of the few shark rays in captivity and the only breeding pair on display in the world. In 2009, the Aquarium received a baby shark ray from Taiwan, named Sunshine.” Grace, my five-year old loves fish, and I’m looking forward to this.

Clifton Mill – 3.5 million lights can’t be wrong :)

Grace and I had the chance to visit Clifton Mill tonight, and we weren’t disappointed.  You can see it from a ways away and don’t worry about passing it at night.  3.5 million lights will tell you when you’ve arrived, so don’t worry.  Let me tell you about it and our experience. 

Click on image to see all of the photos

What is Clifton Mill?

If you’re not familiar with it, Clifton Mill is one of the largest water powered grist mills still in existence.  According to the website, “the first mill at this site was built in 1802 by Owen Davis, a Revolutionary War soldier and frontiersman miller.  The mill was built in this location to take advantage of the natural power of the concentrated water funneled into the gorge.  Owen Davis and his son-in-law, General Benjamin Whiteman also built a saw mill and a distillery.  Soon a village known as Davis Mills sprang up around the mills.  The Little Miami River powered five other mills that were built within a mile of Clifton Mill; a woolen mill, saw mill, paper mill, barrel mill and another grist mill.  Clifton Mill is the only one still standing.”  More importantly, they serve incredible pancakes at the Millrace Restaurant.

What happens at Christmastime?

Well, for over 20 years, Clifton Mill has put on quite a light display (along with many other things).  There are over 3.5 million lights that cover the mill, gorge, riverbanks, trees and bridges.  There is a 100 foot “waterfall” of lights as well.  The display has been featured in Midwest Living and Ohio Magazine.  As the website says, it indeed is: “There is a Miniature Village, a Santa Claus Museum and a spectacular synchronized lights and music show that features the old Covered Bridge.  Every night until Christmas Eve, you can peek into Santa’s Workshop to see a live Santa at work and then, every 15 minutes or so, watch him check his list and go up the chimney to load his sleigh.”  Grace and I saw Santa.

Our experience

It was positive, although it was very busy and we had to drive around the block once until some people left, which freed up some space.  You could also park along the streets.  The lights blow you away.  In particular the large number of red lights on the riverbanks and yellow dominating the rest of the landscape is incredibly striking.  The village with trains and historic buildings (Springfield Airport, drive-in) are quaint.  There is a life-size nativity, and the live Santa Claus that came out of the chimney was quite a jovial fellow (as well he should be).  It was fun seeing all the old toys in the Santa House, and we enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookie in the diner (the warmth was the main attraction, as it had gotten quite cold.)  Last, but not least, the musical show as good.  They turn off all the lights and bring them on in sync with a Christmas tune.  Good stuff.  I would recommend this, also for kids.  We probably spent little over an hour.  Price for Monday thru Thursday (which I paid) was $8.  Grace (who is under 6) was free.  Good experience for the price.  Really gets you in the mood.

>> Photos from 12/21/2009 visit (Flickr)

>> Clifton Mill website

>> Discover Ohio tourism site

>> Associated Content story

Interview with Regent Mural artist Jason Morgan

Continuing from yesterday’s post on the history and meaning of the mural…

I did a post yesterday (a fun one) about the new and recently completed 6,000 square foot Regent Theatre mural.  Tim Bucey, the Chamber’s Communication Specialist and great content generator, did interviews with Tamara Dallenbach, the Project Manager for the Mural Committee, and with Jason Morgan the artist.  Well worth a listen, especially to Jason describe how he did the mural.  Also, big appreciation to the Committee for helping to beautify our community with public art!

>> The secrets of Springfield’s new 6-story outdoor mural – yesterday’s post

>> Springfield News-Sun article (5/5/2008) – just commissioned

>> Tim Bucey’s great pics of mural

>> Springfield Live page on mural