Introduction to Columbus, Mississippi
Columbus was informally named Possum Town in its beginning. It was founded in 1821. Silas McBee named Columbus after Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. The Franklin Academy was the first school established in the city. It was also the first public school of the state. Columbus served as a hospital town during the Civil War. The Columbus Air Force Base was established during World War II.
Columbus and nearby Attractions
- Lake Lowndes State Park
- Leigh Mall Shopping Center
- Waverley Plantation Mansion
- Blewett - Harrison - Lee Museum
- Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum
Things To Do In Columbus
While in Columbus, one can visit the Lake Lowndes State Park, which offers facilities for hiking, camping, canoeing and horseback riding. The Lee Park, Saunders Field and Propst Park are some of the local parks. The Mid-City Shopping Center, University Mall Shopping Center, Gateway Shopping Center, Fairlane Shopping Center and Leigh Mall Shopping Center are the local shopping centers. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Columbus Country Club and the Elm Lake Golf Club.
Golden Triangle Airport is nearby.
Columbus Higher Education
Mississippi University for Women is located in Columbus. Residents can also attend Mississippi State University, the University of Alabama and Itawamba Community College.