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Columbus in Hickman County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Columbus

 
 
Columbus Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 17, 2009
1. Columbus Marker
Inscription. First entire town in Kentucky to be moved from one site to another. In 1927, after the most severe flood in its history, Columbus was moved from the banks of the river to this bluff, 200 feet above, by the American Red Cross at a cost of $100,000. The relocation was under the supervision of Marion Rust, national Red Cross representative.
 
Erected 1971 by Kentucky Historical Society - Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1398.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 36° 45.467′ N, 89° 6.269′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Kentucky, in Hickman County. Marker is at the intersection of Hoover Parkway (State Highway 80/123) and Route 58, in the median on Hoover Parkway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus KY 42032, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Iron Banks (here, next to this marker); Columbus - A Town Transformed (approx. 0.6 miles away); A River View of History (approx. 0.6 miles away); Earthquakes Along the Mississippi (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Battle at Belmont, Missouri
Markers in the Center of Columbus Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain
2. Markers in the Center of Columbus
(approx. 0.6 miles away); The History of Columbus, Kentucky (approx. 0.6 miles away); African Americans at Columbus during the Civil War (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fourth United States Colored Heavy Artillery (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
Also see . . .
1. Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. Wikipedia article summarizing the flooding and its effects. Political changes due to the flood were perhaps more profound than the physical changes left by the river. (Submitted on April 30, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. The Executive Branch’s Response to the Flood of 1927. (PDF) A look at the Government's response to the flooding, cooperation with non-Government organizations such as the Red Cross, and the president set. (Submitted on April 30, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyCharity & Public WorkDisasters
 
Relocated Columbus Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 17, 2009
3. Relocated Columbus
Columbus was originally a river town at the base of the bluffs. After the flooding of 1927, the town was relocated here, on top of the bluffs.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 888 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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