Columbus, Indiana


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Columbus is located in the southern portion of the U.S. state of Indiana.  Between 1400 and 1450, this part of the country had Miami, Shawnee, Piankeshaw, Wyandot, Delaware, and French fur trapping presences.  Finally, in 1805, the Delaware “relinquished” the land to US General William Henry Harrison, who at the time was the governor of the Indiana Territory.  Later in life, Harrison would become president of the United States, for a month, prior to his death.

In Columbus’s immediate area, the land was bought by General John Tipton and Luke Bonesteel in 1820.  Tipton built a log cabin on top of a small hill overlooking White River.  He named this small hill “Mount Tipton.”  Initially, the town which grew up in this area was named Tiptonia (after Tipton), but the name was changed to Columbus (after Christopher Columbus) on March 20th, 1821.  According to David A. Distler’s 2008 book, Anarchy in the Heartland: The Reno Gang Saga, “General Tipton was upset by the name change and decided to leave the newly founded town.  He later became the highway commissioner for the State of Indiana and was assigned to building a highway from Indianapolis, Indiana to Louisville, Kentucky.  When the road reached Columbus, Tipton constructed the first bypass road ever built; it detoured south around the west side of Columbus en route to Seymour.”  Apparently, nothing fuels innovation faster than pettiness.

The city of Columbus, Indiana was officially incorporated on June 28th, 1864.  Modern day Columbus, Indiana, according to a 2012 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, has a total population of 45,429 people.  This makes it the 20th most populous city in the state.  Columbus, Indiana is the principal city in the Columbus, Indiana metropolitan statistical area, which encompasses all of Bartholomew County.  According to a 2010 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, Bartholomew County, Indiana has a total population of 76,794 people.

Columbus, Indiana is home to the headquarters for the engine company Cummins, Inc.  More famously, though, the city has often been nicknamed ‘Athens on the Prairie,’ due to the concentrated amount of modern architecture and public art present in the area.  In fact, in late 2008, National Geographic Traveler ranked Columbus, Indiana 11th on its historic destinations list.  Seven buildings in Columbus, Indiana (all built between 1942 and 1965) are National Historic Landmarks, and as reported by the New York Times, “approximately 60 other buildings sustain the Bartholomew County seat’s reputation as a showcase of modern architecture.”

These National Historic Landmarks in the Columbus, Indiana area include First Baptist Church, First Christian Church, Irwin Union Bank, The Mabel McDowell School, The Miller House and Garden, The Republic Newspaper Building, and North Christian Church.  North Christian Church is also interesting as it is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  North Christian Church, founded in 1955, is part of (and maintained by) the Disciples of Christ movement and was designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen in the modern style.

As for Columbus, Indiana’s sports scene, there are several professional sports teams currently in operation in the area.  Columbus, Indiana is home to a roller derby league, the Terrorz of Tiny Towns, who play at Columbus Skateland.  Additionally, Columbus, Indiana is also home to two cricket clubs, both named the Columbus Indiana Cricket Club.  These cricket clubs play their home matches at Ceraland Park.  The city was also the hometown of Chuck Taylor, he of shoe-selling fame, who eventually ended up achieving induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Own a small business in the Columbus, Indiana area?  Thinking about it?  These resources could prove beneficial to you:

Apply for a Business License in Columbus, Indiana

Starting a Small Business in the City of Columbus, Indiana

Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce – Columbus, Indiana

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