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Columbus, Kansas

Columbus, Kansas

"Help America Discover Columbus"

Canoe our quiet waters, enjoy nature at its best. View raccoons, beaver at work, a variety of birds, maybe see a white tail deer or wild turkey. During the appropriate season, hunt wild turkey, quail, deer and dove. Try your hand at a pheasant drive or a 10-station sporting clay course. Fish in the more than 1000 lakes known as the strip pits for bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill, and trout. Some of Kansas' finest fishing.

Originally set out as "Neutral Lands" by the government in 1825 allowing only fishing and hunting with no settlements. In 1855 boundaries were drawn and in 1869 Columbus won the county seat. Beautiful then as now, the Cherokee Sentinel reported in 1868, "They have laid out their town with a large square for the accommodation of public buildings, and wide streets, much resembling Detroit Michigan. A large public well, a fountain of never failing water is procured upon one corner of the square. A splendid view of the surrounding country from the town site, presents itself to the eye of the traveler."

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Big Brutus

One of the most unique day trips in Southeast Kansas is to Big Brutus, 11,000,000 pounds of fun! Big Brutus is the world's second largest electric mining shovel. Walk through its cavernous body, sit in the operators chair or climb 16

Columbus, KS One Of A Kinds


Columbus Wye and Frisco Caboose

The Columbus Wye is a one of its kind three way switch allowing trains to turn around. The crossing, formerly located in the northern part of Columbus was donated to the City of Columbus by the Burlington Northern Railroad. At the time the switch was constructed, it was one of the three built:

Columbus, KS Railroad History

Columbus' 1880s Town Square

Take a stroll around the 1880's square of Columbus and visit our shops. You must not miss the turn of the century architecture, or the unique color schemes of each building. Tour the community and see the many historical churches and Victorian homes. Driving tour map available at Chamber office, 320

Columbus, KS Historic Downtowns

Andrew Carnegie Library

The library is one of 33 Andrew Carnegie libraries in the state of Kansas. It is on the National Historic Register.

Columbus, KS Carnegie Libraries

Things to do near Columbus, KS

Countryside Golf Course

A challenging 9-hole course in a pretty country setting. Putting green and driving range for irons only. Rental Carts and Sna...

Opothle Yahola

Speaker - Prophet - Medicine Man of the Upper Creek Nation Opothle Yahola was born in the late 1700s in the tribal town...