"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."