Columbus, Ohio is a city with a rich history and a vibrant culture. It is the capital of the state of Ohio and is believed to have been colonized by the French during their colonial empire. The city was named after the famous navigator Christopher Columbus, who is said to have discovered the area. In the late 19th century, Columbus was home to a number of major manufacturing companies, earning it the title of 'world's buggy capital' due to the presence of two dozen buggy factories, including the Columbus Buggy Company, founded in 1875 by C.
D.The Ohio House of Representatives (a Doric-style limestone structure, completed in 186) has a monument by sculptor Levi Tucker Scofield. Columbus continued to grow in size, mainly due to its policy of annexing adjacent lands; between 1950 and 2000, the city's land area increased fivefold and its population nearly doubled. When Ohio achieved statehood in 1803, internal political struggles between prominent Ohio leaders led the state capital to move from Chillicothe to Zanesville and vice versa. The city experienced significant growth after a secondary branch of the Ohio and Erie Canal opened in 1831 and the Cumberland (national) highway from Maryland reached it in 1836. Most of the remaining mounds in central Ohio lie outside the Columbus city limits, although the Shrum Mound is in good shape and is now part of a public park and historic site. On March 25, 1913, the Great Flood of 1913 in Columbus devastated the Franklinton neighborhood, leaving more than ninety dead and thousands of West Side residents homeless. The name 'Columbus' 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.
Olympia Competition (1975-1980); in 1989, Schwarzenegger inaugurated the Arnold Sports Festival, one of the largest fitness exhibitions in the world, held annually in Columbus. The area that includes the current city of Columbus was part of the Ohio Territory, which was under the nominal control of the French colonial empire through the Viceroyalty of New France from 1663 to 1763. From the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the State of Ohio to German Village and Franklin Park Conservatory, there are many things that make this city so special. One such famous landmark is Ohio Stadium - home to both Ohio State football team and Ohio State University Music Band. In addition, visitors can explore remains from Adena culture - from which mound builders came - at Campbell Park northwest of Columbus. The city also hosts an annual Pride Parade which has been held since 1981 and is now among the largest in Midwest, drawing about 500,000 participants and spectators each year.