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Powell is a city in Delaware County, Ohio, United States. The population was 6,247 at the 2000 census.
The community was first settled around 1801, two years before Ohio became a state. It was named "Middlebury" at the time, because the first settlers came from the Middlebury, Connecticut area. In 1857, Judge Thomas Powell established the first post office in the community, and the residents decided to adopt his name. Powell was finally incorporated as a municipality in 1947. The population remained small until the late 1980s, when residential development expanding from the northern Columbus metropolitan area reached Powell. In twenty years, the population rose from less than 400 to over 6,000.
Powell is noted for a historic central business district, which features a number of antique shops and similar enterprises. Nearby is the Columbus Zoo and its water park Zoombezi Bay, O'Shaughnessy Dam, and the historic Olentangy Indian Caverns.