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In addition to the Farmers and Merchants Union Bank, which is a national landmark, Columbus offers many historic homes on tree-lined streets. Pick up a local walking tour brochure, and you’ll be transported back in time with stories about the buildings and the individuals who made them. A city named Columbus wouldn’t be complete without the Christopher Columbus Museum. It features a collection of souvenirs from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition of Chicago. The museum is conveniently housed in an old canning factory, now the Antique Mall & Museum, which is the largest antique mall in the state.
The Columbus Area Aquatic Center has a capacity of 792 swimmers. Its beach style “zero-depth” entry is 124 feet wide and leads to a 12’6″ diving area. It contains a one meter diving board, room for a future drop slide addition, 6 lanes x 25 yd lap area, plunge area for the water slide with room for the addition of an inner-tube flume. Youngsters will enjoy themselves on the large Tot Slide and the individual grouped geysers. Swimmers of all ages may sit back in one of the many lounge chairs in the sun or under one of the many huge fun umbrellas to enjoy the cool shade.
Astico Park is located on a peninsula along the historic Danville Millpond on a bend of the Crawfish River. The park features river’s edge and upland campsites, a playground, a restroom/shower facility, a dump station, picnic areas and shelters, shoreline and wooded hiking trails, large open play fields to accommodate group activities and an expansive river shoreline which provides good canoeing and fishing opportunities in a scenic setting. There are also over a mile of hiking trails; most of which follow the Crawfish River shoreline. Other trails and paths meander throughout the open and wooded areas of the park and provide scenic views of the surrounding countryside and link facilities within the park.