Area Attractions

Take a short break, stretch your legs, stroll around the 1880's town square, climb 16 stories to the top of a coal mining shovel, tour on a double Decker trolley.  Whether you have an hour, three hours, a day or several days, spend it with us in and around Columbus, Kansas.

Victorian Churches and Homes — Tour 3 of our beautiful churches built at the turn of the century, featuring beautiful large stained glass windows.  The community is filled with many 100 year old homes.

Andrew Carnegie Library — 205 N. Kansas.  The library is one of 33 Andrew Carnegie libraries in the state of Kansas.  It is listed in the National Historic Register. Library gif

Clock Tower — Maple & Pennsylvania Avenue.  A 1919 Seth Thomas Clock and mechanism housed in a 40 ft. tower.  The clock was originally purchased through public donations as a war memorial for the servicemen who served in W.W.I. The clock keeps accurate time and chimes on the hour and half-hour.

Columbus Museum — A town within the museum, telling the history of the area.  An excellent combination of exhibits featuring antique clothing, furniture, dolls and many pieces of memorabilia from Merle Evans, band leader with Ringling Brothers Circus for over 50 years (a hometown boy); the first large ball of string, seen on "What's My Secret" TV program in the 50s; a replica of the Jayhawk Plant built in miniature in 1941.  620-429-2160. Tuesday - Saturday 1 to 5 p.m.

Three Way Interlocking Switch & Frisco Caboose — A unique piece of railroad history, built in the early 1900s.  One of only three built, the other two have been destroyed, used to turn trains around.  The caboose is the first railway boxcar to be converted to a caboose to save money.

Big Brutus - The world's second largest electric mining shovel when it was built.  Now the only one of its kind, climb to the top of the 16 story boom and see 4 states.  The shovel is filled with mining exhibits.  620-827-6177. Admission: $5.00 adults; $3.50 child.

Claythorne Lodge — A hunting lodge and reserve, featuring four, 50 shot Sporting Clay course, a European Clay course, wobble trap, 5 stand, 3-D Archery Range, European pheasant drives, bass, crappie and channel cat fishing, spring turkey hunting, quail hunting and professional guide service.  620-597-2568

Mined Land Wildlife Area — Public land with over 1500 small lakes known as strip pits. The pits are stocked with all types of fish, including trout.  Hunt during season for wild turkey, dove, quail, deer and more.  Supervised by the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Department.

Columbus Day & Hot Air Balloon Regatta — The festival is held in October of each year, the weekend prior to National Columbus Day.  The community is host to 20 hot air balloons with a balloon glow on Friday evening at dark.  Balloon races on Saturday and Sunday morning (sunrise) and Saturday evening - weather permitting.  Saturday brings all day activities around the square with an art and craft fair, car show antique tractor, children's festival, entertainment, antique & collectibles flea market and more.  Come and enjoy our friendly citizens and the fastest growing festival in southeast Kansas.

Cherokee County Kansas Genealogical Historical Society, 100 S. Tennessee. Research Columbus, Cherokee County and your family history.  620-429-2992.

Columbus Country Club, located on 96 Highway, East of Columbus.  Enjoy a game on the 9 hole course.  620-674-3386.

Duke Wellington Mural, Scenic exploration of the history of Columbus and Kansas. Displayed in the Columbus Commuity Building on East Maple.

Wayland Gregory Sand Sculpture, 320 E. Maple. Part of the postal service rural art program of the 1930s.  Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

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