Picture above is Veterans Memorial Park in Columbus
Columbus is a small town in Polk County and is the county seat. The town was incorporated in 1855. The courthouse is a Greek Revival style and was completed 1859. Dr. Columbus Mills, was called the Father of Polk County because of his efforts to create Polk County, the town was named for him.
Besides the few buildings around the courthouse, the downtown has 1 block of buildings.
Historic Marker at courthouse: “Old Bill” Williams – Well-known guide and trapper. Helped survey Santa Fe Trail. Guided the ill-fated Fremont expedition of 1848. Was born near here in 1787
House of Flags Museum – over 300 different flags they are full-size faithful reproductions accompanied with detailed descriptions of their story. The only flag museum in the United States. 33 Gibson St.
Polk County History Museum – The collection includes area artifacts dating back to the time of the Cherokee as well as the cannonball that was fired on Fort Sumter at the beginning of the Civil War, early 1800s stage coach, antique farm tools and many pictures from the past. 60 Walker St.
Green Creek Winery – Green Creek Winery was started in 2005 by Alvin Pack, his family has been farming land since the 1700s. Check out the Ice Cream made from wine. 413 Gilbert Rd. Columbus
Art of the Horse Outdoor Exhibit – the horses are in 4 towns in 2 states