City of Columbus

Learn more about the quality of life and the low cost of living that makes Columbus a great place to open your business!

Why Columbus Is Cool!!!

Higgins MemorialQuincentenary BelltowerPawnee PlungeColumbus Community HospitalWater RecreationDowntown Runaround

  1. In 1946 Columbus developed the first publicly owned industrial park in the nation. Due to aggressive economic development, Columbus is recognized today as "the most industrialized city per capita" in Nebraska.
  2. Columbus was known as the "crossroads of the nation" because of its location on U.S. Highway 30, originally known as the Lincoln Memorial highway, and U.S. Highway 81, also known as the North-South Meridian Highway.
  3. In 1963, Loup Power District opened Lake North, four miles north of Columbus. The lake has 2,083 acre-feet of water and covers approximately 200 acres.
  4. Home of veteran Andrew Jackson Higgins and the memorial named after Mr. Higgins for his design of the ramp-fronted landing craft that helped win WWII, and according to President Eisenhower, "the man who won the war." Higgins Memorial is also home to the “Freedom Memorial” a touching monument containing the largest amount of steel in the United States that was recovered from the World Trade Center.
  5. Columbus celebrated it's Sesquicentennial, 150 years, in 2006 with the opening of a 6 million dollar water park called Pawnee Plunge Water Park., community picnic, Tour Nebraska car show, hot air balloon rally, bandshell dedication at Frankfort Square, a world-record attempt Corn Maze and 78 other year long exciting events.
  6. The origin of a hospital in Columbus dates back to 1879. With the help of a donation from John Creighton, The Poor Sisters of Saint Francis of Olpe, Germany, opened and then expanded a hospital. At that time, this facility was the first hospital between Omaha and Salt Lake City. In May of 2000, Columbus Community Hospital broke ground on a new healthcare campus located on 80 acres in the northwest part of Columbus. A four story, prairie-style building of 153,000 square feet was built on the location. In August of 2002, Columbus Community Hospital opened it's doors.
  7. In September 2002, the new attached one-story medical office building opened its doors. The 40,000 square foot complex houses local and visiting physicians, a pharmacy and the hospital’s lab. The Medical Office Building is owned and operated in a partnership of local physicians with Columbus Community Hospital.
  8. Columbus has 14 parks covering approximately 290 acres. Park facilities include picnic tables, outdoor grills, shelters, playgrounds, and playgroup equipment. Pawnee Park, the "Picnic Capital of Nebraska" cover 155 acres and is the destination of family outings. Two large group picnic shelters which can accommodate 250 and 850 people as well as four small shelters, each with an approximate capacity of 25. A part of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, Pawnee Park’s Memory Meadows and Civic Forest are peaceful, wooded areas. For the sports enthusiasts, Pawnee Park offers a lagoon and a one-half acre lake stocked with fish, 7 lighted tennis courts, four state-of-the-art playground structures, lighted baseball diamond, horseshoe courts, three sand volleyball courts, and a lighted 2,200 seat stadium with football field and track.
  9. A Quincentenary belltower is located near the main entrance of Pawnee Park.. This belltower was officially dedicated April 25, 1992, as a lasting monument to the community's celebration of the Quincentenary, the 500th anniversary of Columbus's first voyage to the new world. This belltower features ten towers, each having a historical bell donated by industrialist Leonard Fleischer. Each of the ten bells has area significance and a plaque near each tower tells of that bell’s history. The bells can be heard chiming each quarter hour from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  10. Lawn Chairs on the Square is a Thursday evening event June through August in Frankfort Square, downtown Columbus. Enjoy a broad variety of rich musical and cultural entertainment, which is sponsored by members of the Downtown Business Association, LLC.
  11. Downtown Runaround, a walk/run around downtown with the five-mile and a two mile course going through picturesque Pawnee Park. A 22 year event draws approximately 1,000 junior and adult participants from as many as 11 states is held every July.
  12. Lake North, developed by Loup Power District, is an ideal spot for recreation and outdoor enthusiasts. Located just north of Columbus, the park is open to the public free of charge. Lake North's 200 acres offers two miles of beaches for swimmers and sun-bathers and provides excellent fishing and water skiing.
  13. Special emphasis is placed on Little League baseball, basketball, football, and AYSO soccer open to all youngsters in the Columbus area. Fifteen baseball/softball diamonds are in constant use during the summertime by American Legion Baseball and city softball leagues, both men’s and women’s. Organizations providing sporting activities include Columbus Baseball League Assoc., Columbus Chess Club, American Legion Baseball, Columbus Area Midget Football Organization, Columbus Family YMCA, Platte Valley Bass Maters, Campers Club, American Youth Soccer Organization, Columbus Women's Tennis League, Archers Club, Columbus Flying Club, Columbus Rifle and Pistol Club, and the Isaac Walton League.
  14. The Platte County Agricultural Society was formed on June 2, 1941 when about 50 Platte County farmers and businessmen met. Gifts of both land and money had been offered if such a society were organized. It is now home of thoroughbred horse racing. 1987 was the first year of intrastate simulcasting, with Ag Park being the first Nebraska track to broadcast their live meet to Omaha and Lincoln. Interstate simulcasting followed in 1989. The race track is 5/8 mile and barns have been built to house up to 1000 horses. Ag park also is the site of the county fair, concerts, fundraising activities, and many other functions.
  15. Platte Valley Playhouse is a community theatre made up of member from Columbus and surrounding areas. It provides the finest in community entertainment as well as promoting cultural education in drama. Three to four shows are produced locally each year, including a dinner theatre performance.
  16. The Platte County Museum offer the opportunity to travel through time in the history gallery, which contains discoveries of fossils, artifacts, and photographs of early Platte County. Step into the 1857 Gotschalk log cabin, which is the oldest in Columbus, and rooms of Victorian clothing, furnishings, and heirlooms. Continue by way of an authentic turn-of-the-century country schoolroom and barbershop. One room is filled with WWII memorabilia.
  17. Columbus Friends of Music is a community concert association which secures national and international artists for local performances. Five concerts are held annually in the Nantke’s Performing Arts Center.