The Bottoms

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This article is about the Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood. For other uses, see Bottom (disambiguation).

The Bottoms is the former and derogatory name for Franklinton the oldest settlement in Central Ohio dating back to 1797 and incorporated into Columbus, Ohio in the early 1800s. It is the area is bordered to the east and north by the Scioto River to the west by the Interstate 70 overpass by Rhodes Park and Brown Road on the southern border. The neighborhood originally got its name, Franklinton, from its founder, Lucas Sullivant. While many claim the nickname "bottoms" is derogatory, the neighborhood gets its nickname "The Bottoms" because much of the land lies below the level of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and a floodwall is required to contain the rivers and protect the area from floods. The low-lying bottom land was well suited for farming, with the river serving as a direct connection to the Ohio River.

According to the Franklinton Area Commission:

In popular culture[edit]

The neighborhood appeared on the FX television show 30 Days when the series did a show on living on the minimum wage. This is likely because of the poverty suffered in The Bottoms. The neighborhood is generally working class.


Crime is very high in the Franklinton and Bottoms area, as it is in most of the west side of the city. The Bottoms is in Precincts 16 and 8 of the Columbus Division of Police.

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Coordinates: 39°57′15″N 83°01′37″W / 39.954228°N 83.026857°W / 39.954228; -83.026857