Lockbourne, Ohio is located a few miles south of Columbus, Ohio. Even though the city sits in the shadow of Columbus, the village is a true example of a small American town. Lockbourne boasts a population of about 275 and 115 households with a median age of 39. Once considered the lock and canal center of Ohio, Lockbourne gets it unique name from the locks that surround the village and Col. James Kilbourne, who was instrumental its development.
With its location so close to Columbus, Lockbourne once served as a junction point between the Columbus Feeder Canal and the Ohio & Erie Canal. The village was central to commerce in 19th century Ohio. The Ohio & Erie Canal brought goods and services to the interior of Ohio and allowed farmers and central Ohio residents to fully engage in regional and national trade. Lockbourne maintained a staircase of 8 locks (numbered 23-30) and two canal basins. You can still view Lock 30 and the Walnut Creek Guard Lock in Lockbourne's Locke Meadow Park today.
When an Air Force base was built to the south of Columbus and activated in 1942 it served as a training facility for military pilots preparing for service in WWII. In 1945 it was renamed Lockbourne Air Force Base as a tribute to the village. In 1974 the base was once again renamed after World War I flying ace, and Columbus native, Eddie Rickenbacker.
In true small town fashion there are no stoplights and residents go to the post office to retrieve their mail. The village is currently working to restore the locks which are the town's namesake. As development occurs on the south side of Columbus, Lockbourne is working to responsibly develop its own growth with the recent annexation of land and a vision plan for future developments.
Home to three parks and three historical cemeteries Lockbourne is rich in Ohio history. With strong leadership and community involvement Lockbourne will be an important part of Ohio's future.