History of Columbus NC
The Town of Columbus was born practically overnight. Carved from 100 acres of wilderness on what was formally known as Foster Race path, Columbus had a somewhat odd start.
A public squabble began when the state legislature tried to establish a county seat for Polk County in 1847. The community could not agree on a location and the town ended up being organized twice. Three out-of-county men were elected to find the county seat, eventually choosing Fosters Race path. The town was named in honor of Dr. Columbus Mills to recognize his efforts to form the county. Columbus was incorporated in 1857 by the General Assembly. The now historic courthouse was completed in 1859 and is still in use today.