Columbus Day Festival!
Annually in October
Columbus is the county seat of Cherokee [CK] county and
is located at the junctions of highways US69 and K-96.
It is a nice size town, large enough to have a hospital,
24-hour convenience stores, and familiar fast food, and small
enough to feel comfortable.
The main square in Columbus has many ornate 1880s buildings and
an active retail area. It is a nice place to explore;
the Chamber of Commerce has tour maps.
L. N. Lee opened a general store at the site of Columbus in 1868.
The town was organized and named in 1871 by a transplanted Ohioan
named A. V. Peters.
Columbus was hit hard by a tornado in 1938.
Columbus was the birthplace of book lover Robert T. Aitchison whose
collection of rare books
is now part of the Ablah Library at
Wichita State University.
- Columbus has a Hot Air Balloon Regatta as part of its
Columbus Day Festival in October.
- Columbus Daily Advocate (620) 429-2773
215 S. Kansas / Columbus, KS 66725
- American Bank 429-2265 / 810 E. Maple
- Commerce Bank formerly Columbus State Bank
429-2515 & 429-3141 / 137 W. Maple & 313 E. Maple
- Exchange State Bank 429-1873 / 209 NE Avenue
- Stanley Bank 429-1100 / 101 E. Maple
The WPA Guide to 1930s Kansas
(Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, reprint 1984) - See tour 13
History of Cherokee County Kansas and representative citizens;
Ed.and comp. by Nathaniel Thompson Allison, 1904 includes an all name index
Cherokee County in Pictures and Prose
published in 1923.
Columbus Chamber of Commerce
county or visit other Kansas
Cities & Towns
320 E. Maple / Columbus, KS 66725
January 17, 2006 /
Tom and Carolyn Ward /
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