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Place Columbus

Columbus is the state capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Ohio. With a population of 905,748 for the 2020 census, it is the 14th-most populous city in the U.S., the second-most populous city in the Midwest after Chicago, and the third-most populous state capital. Columbus is the county seat of Franklin County; it also extends into Delaware and Fairfield counties. It is the core city of the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses ten counties. The metropolitan area has a 2020 population of 2,138,926, making it the largest entirely in Ohio.Columbus originated as numerous Native American settlements on the banks of the Scioto River. Franklinton, now a city neighborhood, was the first European settlement, laid out in 1797. The city was founded in 1812, at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and laid out to become the state capital. The city was named for Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. The city assumed the function of state capital in 1816 and county seat in 1824. Amid steady years of growth and industrialization, the city has experienced numerous floods and recessions.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Statue In Columbus

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Audio Guide
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Audio Guide
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Leatherlips Monument

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Discover Anti-Saloon League Museum in Westerville, Ohio: Artifacts fill the old headquarters of the hugely influential political movement to ban alcohol in the United States.

Atlas Obscura 2021
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Discover Shrum Mound in Columbus, Ohio: A 2,000-year-old Adena burial mound located along a busy street in Columbus, Ohio.

Atlas Obscura 2018
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Discover Early Television Museum in Hilliard, Ohio: A retro walk through the history of the tube.

Atlas Obscura 2021
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Trap History Museum

Discover Trap History Museum in Galloway, Ohio: If you want to build a better mousetrap, first consult this small museum's massive collection of trapping tools.

Atlas Obscura 2018
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Garden of Constants

Discover Garden of Constants in Columbus, Ohio: This whimsical campus lawn is dotted with large sculpted numbers and hidden mathematical formulas.

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Discover Bloch Cancer Survivors' Plaza in Columbus, Ohio: This small plaza encourages people diagnosed with cancer to never give up hope.

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