Columbus, the capital of Ohio, is a city that perfectly combines modernity, history, and nature. Named after the famous Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, the city has a rich German influence that dates back to the 19th century. It is home to many attractions, including the North Market, Rose Park, Topiary Park, and the Ohio Stadium. It also has a vibrant culture, with the Columbus Pride Parade being one of the largest in the Midwest.When Ohio gained statehood in 1803, Columbus had not yet been built.
Chillicothe, a modest city on the Scioto River, was the original capital of the state. The seat of government was temporarily moved to Zanesville in 1810 before Chillicothe regained its capital status three years later. Columbus has had many aliases, including Cowtown and Cbus. Arch City, a nickname from the 1890s, comes from the construction of arches on the city's main streets.
The arches provided power for the city's new electric streetcars. During the American Civil War, Columbus became an important waiting area for Union forces, and Camp Chase, one of the largest facilities in the North for Confederate prisoners of war, was built on the west side of the city. The local economy continued to boom after the war. Established in 1876, the North Market was originally located in the city's public cemetery on Spruce Street. Since then, it has been moved to a multi-storey building and is now a favorite of both locals and visitors. The market is home to more than 30 vendors selling Midwestern and international ready meals, fresh produce, meat, cheese and beer.
After the National Hockey League awarded a franchise to Columbus on June 25th 1997, a regional “team name” contest was held. Out of more than 14000 participants, the Columbus Blue Jackets were chosen. The name comes from the fact that during the Civil War Columbus manufactured thousands of blue uniforms for Union troops; Ohio also provided more soldiers to Union forces than any other state. Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock, an OSU graduate and Columbus resident, was the first woman to fly solo around the world. Their vehicle of choice was a single-engine Cessna called Spirit of Columbus which took off on March 19th 1964 from Port Columbus International Airport.
Twenty-nine days later 5000 fans gathered to witness Mock's triumphant return. If you're in Columbus during warmer months Rose Park is a must see. This colorful 13-acre garden inside Whetstone Park contains more than 11000 shrubs representing 350 types of roses. Some varieties date back to the beginning of 20th century. A bronze statue of action star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger stands downtown and celebrates his relationship with Ohio's capital. In 1970 Schwarzenegger won a weightlifting contest in Columbus among several well-known athletes and told event organizer Jim Lorimer: “When I retire from bodybuilding I'll be back and you and I will organize a major bodybuilding competition here every year”.They teamed up to create Mr Olympia (1975-1980); in 1989 Schwarzenegger launched the Arnold Sports Festival, one of the largest fitness exhibitions in the world held annually in Columbus. The Dublin suburb is home to 109 ears of concrete corn.
In 1994 artist Michael Cochran built these sculptures in honor of Ohio's agricultural roots and arranged them in rows in a field. Each statue is 6 feet 3 inches tall. Officially this outdoor art exhibit is known as Cornfield (with Osage oranges).The OSU Buckeyes play in legendary Ohio stadium. With capacity for 104944 fans dressed in scarlet it is fourth largest college football stadium in United States.
Since 1949 average attendance at home games has never fallen below fourth place in national rankings. Neo-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat immortalized a group of French picnicers in his masterpiece Sunday Afternoon on Island of La Grande Jatte (1884), first work in which he used his new technique called pointillism. Columbus pays homage to Seurat figures in Topiary Park where shrubs have been cut to shape all people in painting. In February 1812 four businessmen from Franklinton offered an area of 20 acres which officially became Columbus in 1816. The Ohio State Legislature chose name Columbus for still-unfinished capital on February 20th 1812 instead they named new city after famous Christopher Columbus on February 20th 1812. In early 20th century Ohio elementary schools taught from kindergarten to tenth grade and only 7 percent of Columbus students attended to obtain their high school diplomas. The Columbus Pride Parade has been held since 1981 and is now among largest in Midwest drawing about 500000 participants and spectators each year. On half-mile stretch of Nationwide Boulevard in Arena District Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Crew, Columbus Clippers play. Today Columbus has rich German influence that dates back to 19th century when Germans settled what is now known as German Village south of downtown Columbus. His parents Millie and Mac were Cameroonian monkeys caught wild who had been sent to Columbus in 1951. Columbus is an amazing city that offers something for everyone - from history buffs to nature lovers - making it an ideal destination for travelers looking for an unforgettable experience! From its vibrant culture and attractions like North Market and Rose Park to its unique monuments like Topiary Park and Arnold Schwarzenegger statue - there's something for everyone! Whether you're looking for outdoor activities or cultural events - there's something for everyone! So come explore this amazing city - you won't regret it!.