The Red Bud City

The architecture of Columbus offers the casual traveler or seasoned student of design an inspirational look into the past. The entire downtown is an historic district on the National Register. What is perhaps even more unusual is that buildings such as the 1892 City Hall, 1916 Park Pavilion and 1912 Carnegie Library all still serve their original purposes. The 1919 Farmers and Merchants Union Bank is Columbus’ greatest claim to fame. Every year architects, students and enthusiasts come to view and photograph the building, one of the last designed by the great Louis Sullivan. The tapestry brick, elaborately decorated with terra cotta ornamentation, is truly something to behold, and the five arched, stained glass windows cast a gorgeous light as the sun is setting. The bank maintains a small museum collection related to its history, and to Sullivan and his works, that is open and free to the public during regular banking hours.

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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.

Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 362 • Columbus, WI 53925-0362
Phone: (920) 623-3699

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