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Founded in 1839 on the banks of the Crawfish River, Columbus is home to about 5,000 residents. For more than three quarters of a century, from 1900 to 1977, the canning factory and the businesses it spawned were the biggest contributors to area prosperity. When the canning factory, Stokley Van Camp, closed in 1977, Columbus maintained its vitality because of mostly decent weather, relatively fertile soil, industrious business leaders, and its proximity to the state capital, Madison. During the early 1900s, when communication by postcards reached its peak, Columbus-area residents were thriving, too.
ISBN: 9781467102605
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Wisconsin
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 213
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Janice R. Ulrich has lived in Columbus for most of her life and is a longtime member of Columbus Historic Landmarks and Preservation Commission (CHLPC). She discovered her passion for the history of her hometown during her retirement. The extensive archives belonging to the CHLPC were an invaluable resource, but the author also appreciates the locals who were willing to share their postcard collections.
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