Columbus Illinois was first settled in 1830 by James Thomas from Kentucky. Several other settlers followed Thomas and the village grew fairly quickly. In 1836 several lots in the village were sold and nearly 100 new homes were built that year. The new town grew quickly and in 1840 the population was nearly equal to Quincy which was located on the Mississippi River. Columbus was nearest to the center of the Adams County so a hotly contested competition began between Quincy and Columbus to make Columbus the county seat of Adams County.
A legal battle ensued and the backers of keeping the county seat in Quincy eventually won out.
Why does this matter the reader may ask?
Today village of Columbus has a population of about 100. The Census in 2016 counted 98. Quincy on the Mississippi on the other hand had prospered well and has a population of over 40,000. You know what they say? Location, location, location!
Time and history has not fared well for Columbus and it residents and the prosperity of the village.
Look at satellite map of Columbus, Columbus Township and what you see is mostly farm land, tree lined creek drainage areas and few structures of any kind. The last Census in 2010 counted 551 residents and less than 240 homes or dwellings in the entire township. Columbus is the inhabited village in the Township. No other unincorporated areas exist in the Township.
Other than area farming activities there is little to no other businesses to sustain the village. Working age people if not engaged in farming all work elsewhere. Like many other rural farming areas of Illinois, you will find plenty of crops like corn and soybeans. The prosperity of the farm owners and the village are pretty much depended on the swings in crop prices in the global market place.
On the positive side traffic congestion is non-existent. You can drive from one end of the village to the other in about two minutes. The night time skyline is pretty much absent of any light pollution you normally see in a larger city. Your night time sounds will be the natural sounds of insects like crickets, owls, a variety of birds. You get it. The sounds of the quiet country life. If your so inclined, that kind of life can be pretty good. Peaceful and quiet has its charms if your and overstressed city dweller used to the should of honking car horns, loud traffic, airplanes and helicopters flying overhead, loud motorcycles and music blaring from your neighbors next door.
The folks that live in Columbus and around the township like the life. They are hardworking, self-reliant and honest people just like the settlers of old. So, if you’re looking for a quiet life, Columbus IL might be a good bet.
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