The New International Encyclopædia/Columbus (Kansas)
COLUMBUS. A city and the county-seat of Cherokee County, Kan., 50 miles south of Fort Scott; on the Saint Louis and San Francisco; the Missouri, Kansas and Texas; and the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis railroads (Map: Kansas, H 4). It is the centre of a farming and a mining region, has a considerable trade in agricultural products, and contains machine-shops, canning factory, and an extensive brick-making plant. The water-works are owned and operated by the municipality. Population, in 1890, 2160; in 1900, 2310.