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Columbus is located where the Scioto River meets the Olentangy River and is the Capital of the State of Ohio. It is the state’s third largest city and the County Seat of Franklin County. The city was founded in 1812 and named after explorer Christopher Columbus. It is home to the nation’s largest university campus, Ohio State University as well as the world’s largest clearing house of chemical information, Chemical Abstract Service. It is also the home of the world’s largest private research and development foundation, Battelle Memorial Institute.
The region in and around the current location of Columbus was once a coveted area for French fur trappers and traders. The area was originally inhabited by Native Americans but was claimed in the early 1700s by the French who then ceded the area to the British. Following the American Revolution, the region was considered as part of the Virginia Military District. As part of the new nation, settlers became interested in the vast land that was available and set out to claim their share.
Local Native Americans like the Shawnee, Wyandot, Delaware and Miami created strong resistance to the new pioneers and many battles and massacres occurred over many years until the Treaty of Greenville was signed following the Battle of Fallen Timbers. The first permanent settlement was built in 1797 along the west bank of the Scioto River. It was named Franklinton in honor of Benjamin Franklin but was destroyed by flood after only a single year in existence.
In 1812 state legislators chose to locate the State Capital in a centrally situated location. The site of present day Columbus was chosen not only because it was centrally located, but because it was easily accessible to transportation routes including the two rivers that joined there.
With the outbreak of War Between the States in 1862, Columbus became a major base for Union Army volunteers. Camp Chase was also a prison camp for captive Confederate soldiers and is, today, the site of the largest Confederate Cemetery in the North.
to Columbus is a unique opportunity to experience Mid-America and how it has evolved to become the heartland of our country. The city is a Mecca of diversity in all aspects of mid-western life. The city is constantly seeking to restore and recreate landmarks from its past.
The Jefferson Center for Learning and the Arts has restored eleven homes from the turn of the century as well as the childhood residence of James Thrurber. A full scale replica of Columbus’ flag ship, the Santa Maria is located on the Scioto Riverfront and was installed to commemorate the 500 year anniversary of America by the city’s namesake. A project to reconstruct the original home of WWI flying ace, Eddie Rickenbacker, is currently underway.
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for members will welcome you to this fascinating mid-west region. The region has an accumulation of outstanding museums and galleries. The Columbus Museum of Art features works from the creative ages of European Masters as well early American artists. There is also a wide selection of early modernism works on display. The Wexner Center for the Arts, located on the Ohio State University Campus, focuses on contemporary art and research while only a short distance away is the Jack Nicklaus Museum.
A trip to Columbus Ohio is an exceptional way to experience all that the mid-west part of our country has to offer. Why not plan your next RV Travel outing to Columbus.