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

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

1919 Seth Thomas Clock

The clock was originally purchased through public donations as a war memorial for servicemen from Cherokee County who had served in World War 1. The giant Seth Thomas 1919 model clock was placed in the tower of the 1889 courthouse. In 1955

Columbus, KS Artifacts

Things to do near Columbus, KS

La Cygne Lake Fishing

La Cygne Lake is a power plant lake and has a varied population of fish that will both please and test all anglers who fish t...

Kansas Walleye Association

You are invited to the five scheduled tournaments at some of the finest lakes in Kansas. The KWA welcomes anglers of all a...

Little White Churches

Oldest in the area, these charming clapboard structures were built in 1879 (now Calvary Chapel), and in 1880 (United Methodis...