The History of Columbus

The History of Columbus (HM15AS)

Location: Columbus, KS 66725 Cherokee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 10.657', W 94° 49.852'

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The Cherokee Indians were given this land in an 1835 treaty becoming the Cherokee Neutral Lands. Kansas was established as a state in 1861. The territory became Cherokee County named for the Cherokee Indian Nation.

During the Civil War the Cherokee Indians sided with the South and lost the land. In 1867 the government sold the land to the Missouri, Ft Scott, [&] Gulf Railroad Company. Eventually four railroads served Columbus with over 100 trains per day.

In 1868 four men each gave a corner of their homestead claim to plat the town. Since title was held by the railroad this action was illegal. In April 1869 it was resurveyed and legally recorded by the railroad. Columbus, named by settlers coming from Columbus, Ohio, was incorporated April 11, 1870, with a population of 400. Columbus was designated the county seat in February 1869.

Many of the buildings around the town square were built in the 1880's.

Memorial to Judge Jerome Harman by his loving wife Marthelle.
HM NumberHM15AS
Year Placed1994
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 6:20am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 337468 N 4116145
Decimal Degrees37.17761667, -94.83086667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 10.657', W 94° 49.852'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 10' 39.42" N, 94° 49' 51.12" W
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Area Code(s)620
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-131 Northeast Ave, Columbus KS 66725, US
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