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Visitors Guide | Fall 2012

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4 Finding Columbus 8 New in town? 12 Highs and lows 13 Who are we? 14 Downtown Columbus 36 City map


17 Where to worship


What’s Happening 18 Calendar 21 Ethnic Expo 22 The arts

Things to See and Do



24 Columbus landmarks 26 Architecture 30 Miller house 31 Transportation 32 Library 40 The Commons 42 Kidscommons


44 Dining guide

Accommodations 48 Where to stay 50 Lodging guide


52 People Trails 54 Mill Race Park 58 Mill Race Center 62 Other parks


64 Local stores 65 Shopping map

In the Region 68 Brown County

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ON THE COVER: The Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans. Photo by Joe Harpring.



The Midwest Triangle Columbus’ location within the Midwest “triangle” allows quick access to the Indianapolis, Louisville and Cincinnati metropolises.

Columbus is conveniently located along Interstate 65 in southern Indiana. Many major cities and their attractions are within two hours’ drive. Popular places to visit using Columbus as headquarters include:


Indianapolis One hour Home to the Indianapolis 500 in May and the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race in July. The Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Zoo, the Children’s Museum and Eiteljorg Museum are major attractions.



The “Triangle”

Louisville, Ky. 90 minutes Its main claim to fame is the legendary Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.

Cincinnati Louisville


Columbus to Indianapolis, 45 miles Columbus to Louisville, 69 miles Columbus to Cincinnati, 78 miles

90 minutes It hosts one of the finest and largest history repositories in



Thomas W. Marshall, M.D.

Finding Columbus

Larry D. Olson, M.D.

David D. Gallagher, M.D.

the country, the Museum Center, located in a beautiful railroad terminal.


One hour Host of the Madison Regatta and historic site of numerous 19thcentury mansions.


90 minutes The first state capital of the Indiana territory is also near Marengo Caves.

Bardstown, Ky.

Two hours The setting for Stephen Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home” and the bourbon capital of the world.

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waiting for you


No trip to Columbus would be complete without a stop at the Columbus Area Visitors Center, at Fifth and Franklin streets. In fact, it’s a great place to begin your visit.

Visitors can watch a video showcasing several of the prominent designers whose buildings stand throughout the city, including those by Kevin Roche, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese and I.M. Pei. Scale models of several buildings, including First Christian Church, St. Bartholomew Catholic Church and Bartholomew County Courthouse, are on display. Drive by the Visitors Center after dark to see the dazzling, 9-foot-tall sculpture by world-famous glass artist Dale Chihuly. Permanently displayed in the window facing Franklin Street, “Neon Yellow Chandelier” contains 900 pieces of hand-blown glass. The center also provides ideas for seasonal area tours and a map for self-guided walking tours. A tour via cellphone also is available. After viewing displays at the center, tourists can board a bus for a narrated architectural tour or for a tour of the Miller House and Garden. For current Visitors Center hours, tour schedules and ticket information/reservations: 378-2622, or online at


new in town?

photo by Joel Philippsen

Did you just relocate to the area or are you planning a move to town? New residents to Columbus can find all the relocation information they need in this list.

Water and sewage service

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Hope Utilities

Columbus branch

745 Schnier St. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. 379-9323

Hope branch

Columbus City Utilities 1111 McClure Road 372-8861 or

Eastern Bartholomew Water Corp. Taylorsville 526-9777 or 529 Mill St., Hope 546-5469

Southwestern Bartholomew Water Corp. 4735 W. Carlos Folger Drive 342-4421

611½ Harrison St. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. 546-5416

Telephone service

Electricity service


Bartholomew County REMC

AT&T 800-288-2020 or 877-863-9071 or

1697 W. Deaver Road 372-2546 or

Cable TV service

Duke Energy


800-521-2232 or

888-266-2278 or

Natural gas service

Satellite TV services


DISH Network

800-227-1376 or

888-275-8068 or


DIRECTV 800-644-8103 or

Waste pickup Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District 720 S. Mapleton St. 376-2614 or

Rumpke of Indiana

1950 Tellman Road 372-1225 or

Other services Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. 1200 Central Ave. 376-4234 or

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department 543 Second St. 379-1650 or

Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce 500 Franklin St. 379-4457 or

Columbus Police Department

123 Washington St. 376-2600 or

Columbus Visitors Center 506 Fifth St. 378-2622 or

First Call for Help 376-6666 or 211 or

The Republic

333 Second St. 372-7811 or

Columbus post office 450 Jackson St. 378-3521 or

Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center 1039 Sycamore St. 379-1630 or

Columbus Regional Hospital 2400 E. 17th St. 800-841-4938 or


famous folks with local ties

Tony Stewart

Jamie Hyneman

Jim Ryser

Race driver Tony Stewart, a Columbus North High School graduate and 2002, 2005 and 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, still resides in Columbus. Ross and Don Barbour were two of the original Four Freshmen who topped the charts in the 1950s and ’60s. The group got its start in Columbus when four college students sang in a nightspot on West Indiana 46. J. Irwin Miller, former chairman of Cummins Inc. and a former president of the National Council of Churches. Miller, who died in 2004, was the first living American to be inducted into the Building Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed by the National Building Museum in Washington. In 1998 Miller and his wife, Xenia, were named Hoosier Millennium Treasures. In 2001 they were named Indiana Living Legends by the Indiana Historical Society. 10 DISCOVER COLUMBUS | Fall 2012

Tim Grimm

Actor/musician Tim Grimm has appeared in many television shows and motion pictures and recorded several albums of original music. He resides in Columbus. Rock musician Jim Ryser has recorded several albums. Chuck Taylor, developer of the Converse All-Star basketball shoe. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1968. Western actor Ken Maynard, born in Vevay and raised in Columbus, made dozens of films and serials in the 1920s and ’30s. He would often return to the Columbus home of his parents. Clessie Cummins, founder of Cummins Inc., was a chauffeur in Columbus before he started making diesel engines. Jamie Hyneman, a 1974 Columbus North graduate, is a cohost of the television series “Myth Busters.”


some highs and lows

What time is it? Columbus is in the Eastern time zone. What’s the weather? Columbus’ average high temperature for the year is 62 degrees, while the average low temperature is 43 degrees. Annual precipitation averages 41 inches, while annual snowfall averages 27 inches. January is the coldest month, with an average low temperature of 18.5 degrees and an average high of 34.5. Things get hot and sticky in July, when the average high temperature reaches 85.6 degrees while the average low is 65.2 degrees.


who are we?

Population: 44,061 Median age: 37.1 years Under 5 years: 3,130 18 years and older: 32,965 65 years and older: 6,355 Diversity: White, Non-Hispanic: 84 percent Black: 2.6 percent Asian: 5.6 percent Hispanic or Latino: 5.8 percent Education: Percentage of those 25 and older with: — High school diploma or higher: 89 — Bachelor’s degree or higher: 30.6 Median household income: $49,550 — Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Top: Dancing with the Stars ... Columbus Style. Above: Children ride aboard the CAMEO float as representatives of Latin American countries at Ethnic Expo. Opposite page: The crowd looks over carved pumpkins during Night of a Thousand Jacks. Fall 2012 | DISCOVER COLUMBUS 13

come on down!

Heart of Columbus is being transformed With its myriad options for shopping, dining and entertainment, ample parking and easy walkability, downtown Columbus has a little something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a way to enjoy a sunny day or for an all-in-one fun night out on the town. 14 DISCOVER COLUMBUS | Fall 2012

For the young and fun family Satisfy that budding curiosity with a visit to kidscommons (309 Washington St., www.kidscommons. org) Columbus’ community children’s museum. Whether you have a little historian, a young botanist, an up-and-coming computer specialist or an aspiring artist, kidscommons offers three floors of handson activities to promote learning and discovery. On your way out, stop by the next-door Imagination Station (315 Washington St., for books, gifts and toys that will appeal to tots and grown-ups alike. For out-of-town families and visitors, Hotel Indigo (400 Brown St., 877-270-1392) offers a special “Ex-

plore and Imagine” package that includes kidscommons admission tickets, Imagination Station shopping credit and upscale overnight accommodations. Next, treat the kids to giant, jungle-gym fun at The Commons (300 Washington St.,, where a two-story climbing structure looms high above several play areas designated for different age groups ranging from 6 months to 12 years old. Parents, be sure to grab a hot beverage from the nearby coffee bar inside Scotty’s Burger Joint (310 Washington St., When the kids have burned off some energy, grab a table at Zaharakos (329 Washington St.,, Columbus’ legendary ice cream parlor since 1900. Zaharakos serves classic soup, salad and sandwich fare, but leave room for dessert: the old-fashioned sodas are served from an antique onyx soda fountain, and they pair perfectly with a scoop of ice cream in a float. More suggestions: O’Child Boutique: New boutique specializes in children’s apparel and accessories. Location: 408 Washington St. Information: 376-4155. Puccini’s: Casual family restaurant with pizza and pasta fare. Location: 318 Washington St. Information: 348-7600.

more rock ’n’ roll, tell your crew to meet you at Columbus Bar (322 Fourth St.,, Columbus’ longest-operating bar is now a brewpub, where you can sample the beers from the in-house brewery along with a rotating cast of other craft beers on tap. When you get hungry, order from Columbus Bar’s eclectic menu of pub grub or head over to 4th Street Bar and Grill (433 Fourth St., and feast on its selection of gourmet burgers, ground fresh daily. Catch a game from one of 4th Street’s many relaxed, pub-style booths and just kick back; there’s a Cheers-like atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. Keep the night going long and loud with live music at The Garage Pub and Grill (308 Fourth St., www. The Garage features several different bands through the weekend, a full bar and a good amount of seating for taking in the vibrant musical scene. Both The Garage and 4th Street Bar have karaoke and trivia nights, so check their calendars for more good times with your gang.

For the loud and lively crowd If your style is a little less rocker-stroller and a little

For the sophisticated savants Start your leisurely downtown stroll by browsing the new best-selling and indie titles at Viewpoint Books (548 Washington St., www.viewpointbooks. com). If there’s something specific you just can’t find, Viewpoint can order it for you.


Hotel Indigo


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When you’re ready, head out to dinner at a classic restaurant like Smith’s Row (418 Fourth St., www. or Bistro 310 (310 Fourth St., www., where you’ll find city-style fine dining fare at small-town prices. Peruse the long wine lists and sip a new favorite grape in either location’s outdoor dining areas. For steaks and other American classics or a helpful health-conscious menu of “lighter fare” items, Smith’s Row has you covered. If it’s a French flair and locally grown ingredients that catch your eye, make sure to try Bistro 310’s seasonal menus. Inspire intellectual dialogue with a film at YES Cinema (328 Jackson St.,, Columbus’ nonprofit movie theater that regularly screens contemporary independent films. The YES Film Festival, scheduled for May, is a must-see for cinephiles. Need more time to appreciate all of the local architectural sights? Make a weekend of it with The Inn at Irwin Gardens’ (608 Fifth St., www.irwingardens. com) “Unforgettable Downtown Columbus” package that includes downtown dining credit and stately

accommodations in a historic estate. For more information about architectural tours, visit the nearby Columbus Area Visitors Center (506 Fifth St., www. For the lovey-dovey duo Meet at Fork at 532 (532 Washington St., for pre-dinner cocktails. With its mood lighting and exposed brick walls, Fork has a casual, intimate ambience that’s perfect for cozy conversation. Its menu of drinks and small plates is a conversation starter, too: Look for fresh and inventive flavors dished up in a style that’s great for sharing. Head out and hold on to that loving feeling over dinner at Tre Bicchieri (425 Washington St., www. With an array of simple and traditional Italian flavors from bruschetta to osso buco, it’s like a mini getaway to the Tuscan countryside in the midst of Columbus. Wind down your evening by scoping out the latest art exhibition at Phi Gallery (in Hotel Indigo, 400 Brown St.,, which partners with the Columbus Museum of Art and Design to bring you work by local and regional artists.

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time for worship

St. Bartholomew Catholic Church



East Columbus United Methodist

Community Church of Columbus

2439 Indiana Ave.

3850 N. Marr Road

Eighth Street and Lafayette Avenue

The Ridge

Sandy Hook United Methodist

51 N. Brooks St.

1610 Taylor Road

Second Baptist




National Road and Home Avenue

Columbus Hebrew Congregation meets monthly at 7850 W. Goeller Road. It shares facilities with the Bartholomew County Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship.



3170 Indiana Ave.

6000 W. Indiana 46.

Columbus Baptist 4821 N. U.S. 31

First Baptist

3300 Fairlawn Drive

Parkside Baptist

1780 Rocky Ford Road 1325 10th St.

St. Bartholomew Catholic

Sha’arei Shalom

First United Methodist

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 3330 30th St.


First Church of the Nazarene 1245 McClure Road

East Columbus Christian

Faith Lutheran

First Christian

First Lutheran, ELCA 3600 25th St.

2611 Fairlawn Drive

Garden City Church of Christ

First Presbyterian

3245 Jonesville Road

Grace Lutheran, Missouri Synod

Disciples of Christ

St. Peter’s Lutheran

550 N. National Road

531 Fifth St.

North Christian 850 Tipton Lane


St. Paul’s Episcopal

3201 Central Ave. 719 Fifth St.


Asbury United Methodist


Fairlawn Presbyterian

512 Seventh St.

Reformed Presbyterian


Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship 7850 W. Goeller Road

1751 27th St.

2651 California St.



Members of the Chinese Language Club help manipulate a paper dragon during the Ethnic Expo parade.

SEPTEMBER 28-30 —HOPE HERITAGE DAYS. Hope Town Square. Parade, fireworks, music, food, vendors, car show, pioneer village.

OCTOBER 6 — YES COMEDY SHOWCASE. Ms. Pat. 8 p.m., YES Cinema, 328 Jackson St. Admission: $20 advance, $25 door. Information: 379-1630. 6 — WRITERS CONFERENCE. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Crump Theatre, 425 Third St. Keynote speaker — James Alexander Thom, best-selling author of historical fiction; other speakers and vendor booths. Information: 371-4128, debih7606@ 12-13 — ETHNIC EXPO. Downtown Columbus near City Hall. Host country Brazil. International cuisine, musical entertainment and bazaar vendors. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. both days; parade at 11 a.m. Saturday. 20 — THE COLUMBUS INDIANA PHILHARMONIC PRESENTS MOZART, HANDEL & HAYDN. 7:30 p.m., Columbus North High School - Erne Auditorium, 25th Street. Mozart’s Piano Concert No. 21, Handel’s Water Music Suite in D Major and Haydn’s Surprise Symphony. Information: 376-2638, ext. 110; 18 DISCOVER COLUMBUS | Fall 2012

Carved pumpkins delight viewers at Night of a Thousand Jacks. 27 — NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JACKS. 3 to 9 p.m., PNC Bank parking lot, 333 Washington St. Proceeds benefit Advocates for Children. Jack-o’-lantern carving contest. Strolling Night presents fun opportunities for the entire family, including a costume contest, Monster Mutt Parade pet costume contest, kids games and activities, musical entertainment, food and more. Information: 372-2808,

WHAT’S HAPPENING 27 — UNCOMMON CAU$E. “Chaos Reigns Steampunk Rules!...Tomorrow As It Used To Be,” the annual gala and auction to support the arts in Columbus. 7 p.m., The Commons, Washington Street. Information: 376-2539.

NOVEMBER 2 — OLD NATIONAL BANK’S FIRST FRIDAYS FOR FAMILIES. ArtPower Theatre presents “Harry the Dirty Dog.” 6 p.m., The Commons. Free. The wonderful children’s story of Harry the dog who runs away and gets so dirty his family doesn’t recognize him when he returns home. But don’t worry, it has a happy ending! Information: 376-2539, 3 — COLUMBUS BLUEGRASS JAMBOREE CONCERT. Open jam at 4 p.m.; group performances at 5 p.m. Free. Donner Center, 739 22nd St. 10 — YES COMEDY SHOWCASE. Mike Armstrong. 8 p.m., YES Cinema, 328 Jackson St. Admission: $20 advance, $25 door. Information: 379-1630. 10-11 — AMERICAN GIRL FASHION SHOW. Hosted by American Cancer Society. Clarion Hotel Conference Center, 2480 Jonathan Moore Pike. The American Girl Fashion Show is a fun-filled event for girls and their families, friends and favorite dolls. Advance reserved tickets required. Recommended for children over 5. Tea party refreshments included. Information: 342-0446;, www.

Nov. 17 — Deja Vu Art and Fine Craft Show spotlights artists who work with recycled materials. 16 — THE COLUMBUS INDIANA PHILHARMONIC & LE GRANDE ORGUE MAGNIFIGUE DE COLUMBUS, 7:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 531 Fifth St. Dan McKinley and the power of the Aeolian-Skinner organ combined with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Information: 376-2638, ext. 110; 17 — DEJA VU ART AND FINE CRAFT SHOW. Featuring artists who creatively reuse and recycle materials. Book arts, fiber arts, furniture, jewelry, mosaic, sculpture, woodworking. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Commons. Information: 376-2539.


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Lighting of the city Christmas tree follows the Festival of Lights Parade in downtown Columbus.



1 — FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PARADE. 6 p.m., Washington Street, downtown Columbus. Free. Information: 390-6912,

HAMILTON CENTER ICE ARENA. 25th Street and Lincoln Park Drive. Admission: child (5-17) $3.50; adult (18 and older) $4; 4 and younger free. Skate rental $2. Call for schedule and programming. Information: 376-2686.

7 — OLD NATIONAL BANK’S FIRST FRIDAYS FOR FAMILIES. “Babaloo.” This one-man musical comedy is a high-energy, over-the-top, fun-filled show for kids of all ages. Free. 6 p.m., The Commons. Information: 376-2539, 9 — HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. A Holiday Tradition. The Phil’s Chorus, Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir and orchestra once again bring the sound, the emotion and the warmth of the holidays home to Columbus. 3 and 7 p.m., Erne Auditorium, Columbus North High School. Information:

JANUARY 4 — OLD NATIONAL BANK’S FIRST FRIDAYS FOR FAMILIES. Jason Huneke. Well-known for his Michael Jackson dance routine from “America’s Got Talent,” it’s Jason Huneke’s comedy and juggling that set him apart from the rest. Free. 6 p.m., The Commons. Information: 376-2539, 20 DISCOVER COLUMBUS | Fall 2012

KIDSCOMMONS. 309 Washington St., climbing wall and wonderland of discovery, education and imagination for children up to age 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. Admission is $6. Call for details. Information: 378-3046. BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY. Story time sessions and other children’s activities: calendar.html. FOUNDATION FOR YOUTH. 405 Hope Ave. For a complete schedule of activities: COLUMBUS GYMNASTICS CENTER. 405 Hope Ave. Classes and open gym for children. Information: 376-2545.

Ethnic Expo


For many Columbus residents and visitors, fall in the city means beautiful leaves, crisp air and fun festivals. Perhaps the most anticipated of these is the annual Ethnic Expo, celebrating its 28th year. The festivities will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13. Admission is free. Each year, the streets surrounding Columbus City Hall fill with people, music and the delicious scent of authentic foods from around the world. In addition to the many food booths, the expo includes a parade at 11 a.m. Oct. 13, live entertainment throughout the event, fireworks at 8 p.m. Oct. 13, and vendor booths selling trinkets from various cultures. Brazil will serve as this year’s host country, but visitors can sample fare from more than 15 countries and cultures. There are several tents for dining and two stages for entertainment. This year’s entertainers include Mother Grove, Chicago Samba, Celtica, Ipanema, Southern Indiana Pipes and Drums and Craig and the Crawdads.

Ethnic Expo was founded in 1984. That first event attracted a crowd of 5,000 to downtown Columbus, and the organizers, encouraged by the attendance and the positive audience response, decided to make the festival an annual event. The festival is a nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers since there is no paid staff. Many clubs, service organizations, church groups and individuals help make the event possible year after year by volunteering their time, organizing food booths and managing the displays. Local not-for-profit groups, sororities, church groups, service clubs and some school groups operate many of the food booths and use the proceeds for their charitable causes. Since the event is not-for-profit and admission is not charged, the festival relies on grants and donations from foundations, businesses and individuals to finance its cost. This year’s title sponsor is First Financial Bank. Information:


the arts


photo by Bob Anderson/Stillframes photography

The Bon Bons perform during Dancers Studio’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

The arts play a big role in the life of Columbus, from classical music to interpretive dance to good old rock ’n’ roll. Columbus Area Arts Council serves as an umbrella organization for arts groups and sponsors several events throughout the year, such as the downtown Neighborfest concerts on the first Thursday of each month from June through September. The council also books the music for Columbus Farmer’s Market, held downtown each Saturday morning during those same months. Information: Columbus has two symphony orchestras. Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, under the direction of conductor David Bowden, often hosts prestigious guests at its concerts. It also invests heavily in education programs, such as a children’s choir and a strings camp. The philharmonic was launched in 1987 with financial support from local businesses and foundations, support which continues to help the orches-


tra thrive today. Columbus Symphony Orchestra is the oldest orchestra in the state, having given its first concert at the Crump Theatre in May 1923. Music Director Roger Kalia is just the fourth leader in the symphony’s 88-year history. However, the oldest musical group in the city is Columbus City Band, in existence since 1843. Today’s City Band has a repertoire that’s a mix of classical fare and pops material. All three organizations present glorious Christmas concerts every December. Dance is an art form well-represented in this area. Dancers Studio teaches ballet, modern dance and other dance forms. Its annual performance of “The Nutcracker” is one of the holiday season’s most anticipated events. Columbus is home to a number of talented painters, sculptors and other visual artists. Works of local artists can be seen and purchased at places such as Stillframes Gallery on Brown Street and the Phi

Music Director David Bowden leads the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.

Gallery at Hotel Indigo, also on Brown Street. Visitors will see a variety of interesting and eyecatching sculptures located throughout the city. These are a continuation of the Columbus Art Invitational, an effort that began in September 2006, which brings in art for public enrichment. If you’re interested in taking in a movie, you have your choice between Hollywood’s latest offerings, which are shown on the 12 screens at AMC Showplace Theatre on Creekview Drive or the more specialized fare at Yes Cinema downtown. Yes Cinema brings in the kinds of films that are conducive to long discussions about their themes

and significance afterward at the nearby cafes and restaurants downtown. It also offers special performances such as live comedy on occasion. An abundance of live music encompassing genres such as singer-songwriter, blues, jazz, rock and country can be heard at several area venues. The Crump Theatre, an old-school movie palace on Third Street turned live-performance venue, hosts local theatrical productions and a variety of musical entertainment ranging from local metal acts to bluegrass bands to the occasional national performer such as John Mellencamp.


Columbus treasures


* First Christian Church, Eliel Saarinen, 1942. * North Christian Church, Eero Saarinen, 1964; Dan Kiley, landscaping. * First Baptist Church, Harry Weese, 1965. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Gunnar Birkerts, 1988.


* Cummins Irwin Office Building, Eero Saarinen, 1954 Dorel Juvenile Group, Harry Weese, 1961; Dan Kiley landscaping. The Republic newspaper, Myron Goldsmith, design partner, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, 1971. AT&T, Paul Kennon, design principal; Jay Bauer, designer; Caudill Rowlett Scott, 1978.

Public places

Visitors Center, James Perkinson, 1864; renovation, Kevin Roche, 1995. Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp., former Maple Grove/Garfield School, Charles F. Sparrell, 1896; William Brown Jr., principal architect, Ratio Architects Inc., addition and renovation, 1989. Bartholomew County Courthouse, Isaac Hodgson, 1874; SIECO Inc. renovated, 1969. Bartholomew County Public Library, I.M. Pei and Partners, 1969; James K. Paris, Architect Group Inc., addition, 1987. 24 DISCOVER COLUMBUS | Fall 2012

Top: Columbus City Hall. Bottom: Cummins Corporate Office Building.

things to see and do photo by Todd maze

Columbus post office, Roche Dinkeloo and Associates, 1970. Columbus City Hall, Edward Charles Bassett, principal architect, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, 1981. Columbus Learning Center, Kevin Kennon and Kohn Pederson Fox, 2005. Bartholomew County Jail, Don M. Hisaka and Associates, 1990. Otter Creek Clubhouse/Golf Course, Harry Weese, clubhouse, 1964; Robert Trent Jones and Rees Jones, golf course; Dan Kiley, landscaping. Four Seasons Retirement Center, Norman Fletcher, principal architect, The Architects Collaborative Inc., 1967. Hamilton Center, skating rink, Harry Weese, 1958; Koster and Associates, addition, 1975. Streetscape, Paul Kennon, principal architect, Caudill Rowlett Scott, 1990; Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, landscaping. Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, Cesar Pelli, 2011. The Commons, Koetter Kim Associates; CSO Architects, 2011. Mill Race Center, William Rawn and Associates, 2011. North Christian Church

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architecture on display The city’s architectural adventure began with First Christian Church, which Eliel Saarinen, a Finnish architect, designed at the request of the congregation. Completed in 1942, it anchors a city block. Its tower, different from the traditional steeples of religious buildings, is visible throughout downtown. The notion that a small town could be home to architecturally significant buildings was not lost on community leaders. Through the Cummins Engine Foundation, and leadership of J. Irwin Miller, an offer was made to pay the architectural fees for the design of a much-needed public school. Later, the offer was extended for all public buildings if the architects were selected from a foundation list. Today there are more than 60 public and private buildings designed by notable architects. Columbus is one of six cities in the United States to have such a significant concentration of buildings by prominent architects. Other cities with the distinction are Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago and San Francisco. In 1994 the city was selected as the site of the Pritzker Architecture Prize award ceremony. Among the notable structures are Bartholomew County Public Library, by I. M. Pei (1969); Cummins Irwin Office Building, Eero Saarinen (1954); Clifty Creek Elementary School, Richard Meier (1982); The Republic, Myron Goldsmith of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (1971); St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (1988) and Columbus Signature Academy Lincoln Campus (1967), both by Gunnar Birkerts. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, with a copper-clad roof, has a 186-foot steeple. Another famous spire on the horizon is that of North Christian Church. That building, designed by Eliel Saarinen’s son, Eero, has a 192-foot spire, the tallest in the city. Many of the well-known buildings are in the downtown area, mixed with historic structures from Columbus’ early years. The shops along the city’s main street — Washington Street — have been restored or maintained to keep their historical perspective. The courthouse, built in 1874, anchors the southern edge of downtown. Next to it is a limestone monument to Bartholomew County veterans who died serving their country. The old blends with the new as life moves on. It’s not only the buildings that make up the interesting Columbus streetscape. Mill Race Park, built along a flood plain, was designed to withstand the flooding that can occur at


To the casual observer, Columbus might seem an unlikely place for architectural masterpieces. Situated in southern Indiana, divided by rivers and creeks, the city rises from the prairie like corn in surrounding fields.

The offices of The Republic newspaper on Second Street.


Architecture tours

Two-hour bus tours are offered by Columbus Visitors Center. Tours depart the Visitors Center at Fifth and Franklin streets. Self-guided cellphone tours also are available. For the latest ticket information and tour schedules:

the confluence of the Driftwood and Flat Rock rivers. The park boasts an 84-foot tower and an amphitheater with seating for 500. The park also has walking trails and a covered bridge. Across the street, Cummins Inc. occupies a three-block complex. The Fortune 500 company is the city’s No. 1 employer and its Corporate Office Building one of the city’s architectural highlights. Fine lines, cornice stones and creative vision make Columbus what it is today.

Second Street Bridge

Bartholomew County Courthouse

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Miller house and garden

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The public now has the chance to visit the former home of the late J. Irwin and Xenia Miller, one of the country’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist residences. In 2009, members of the Miller family donated the Highland Way house and gardens, along with many of the original furnishings, to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The IMA, working with the Columbus Area Visitors Center, offers public guided tours of the house and gardens. Tour schedules and tickets are available online at or Cost for the tour is $20, and all tours originate at the Visitors Center. Commissioned in 1952, the Miller house was de-


signed by Eero Saarinen, with interiors by Alexander Girard and landscape design by Daniel Urban Kiley. In 2000, the property was designated a National Historic Landmark, the first listed with a still-living landscape architect that also was still occupied by its original owners at the date of its designation. The house features an open and flowing layout, flat roof and vast stone and glass walls. The rooms, configured beneath a grid pattern of skylights supported by cruciform steel columns, are filled with strong colors and playful patterns. Amid the residence’s large geometric gardens, its grandest feature is a path lined by honey locust trees that runs along the west side of the house.


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Public transportation

ColumBUS bus service operates from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cost is 25 cents per person per trip, and half-price fares are available for those 60 and older, anyone disabled and anyone on Medicare. Children up to age 18 ride free. High school age children need to show their student identification card. All fixed bus routes are wheelchair accessible and also have bicycle racks. Buses leave the downtown hub, at 850 Lindsey St. in front of Mill Race Center, at five minutes past the hour. Bus passes may be purchased at the downtown hub. Fixed route passes are $5 and are good for 25 rides.

378-3825. MediCab transportation to and from medical offices and facilities. Fall 2012 | DISCOVER COLUMBUS 31

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As usual for Columbus buildings, the Bartholomew County Public Library is architecturally unique. The New York firm of I.M. Pei and Partners, Architects, designed the building, which was dedicated May 16, 1971.

Library services

A wide range of materials, services, informational and entertainment programs and facilities is available for Bartholomew County residents. Fiction and nonfiction books, current and back issues of magazines and newspapers, audiobooks, music CDs and DVDs for all ages are included in the library collection. Downloadable e-books, audiobooks, and e-music are available via the library website (www/ A number of databases on the website provide always-available reference services. Other services include in-person reference help, public computers for all ages, wireless Internet access, Indiana Room, programming for all ages, reading clubs for all ages and interlibrary loan. Meeting facilities for community groups include a large multipurpose room accommodating 150 people and three small meeting rooms. Information: 379-1255.

Bartholomew County Public Library, designed by I.M. Pei, is a sculptured brick pavilion formalized by the east and west walls and cornice. The design brings daylight to the lower level. An integral concrete coffer slab and brick bearing wall construction are the main features of the design. The landscaping features trees, surrounded by brick and concrete, in a courtyard. The view of the First Christian Church campanile has been retained, and the open space of the immediate library area contrasts with nearby tree-lined streets. Pei is the recipient of many awards for outstanding achievements in architectural design, including the 2010 Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects. His concern for the integrity of materials, his attention to the details of form, color and texture, and his awareness of spatial relationships are reflected in his designs. Kenneth D.B. Carruthers, the architect in charge of design and production, was the architect in charge of design for the National Airlines terminal of John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and participated in the development of the Kennedy Library in Cambridge, Mass. Henry Moore’s “Large Arch” sculpture was installed on the library plaza on April 15, 1971. The sculpture is a focal point to control the space of the plaza between the two architectural masses presented by the library and the Eliel Saarinendesigned First Christian Church. The natural organic quality of the sculpture, similar to rocks and bones, is in contrast to the stark geometric shapes of the buildings around the plaza. The arch is 20½ feet tall, 12 feet wide and weighs 5½ tons. It is sand-cast of bronze.



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Yellow Trail Museum

Main Street at the northwest corner of Hope Town Square World War I and II military uniforms and supplies, farm and kitchen tools and supplies, glassware, clothes worn by early residents, antique books and office equipment, many “Living History” exhibits. Free admission. Open 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Information and appointments: 546-4877 or yellowtrailmuseum. com

Simmons School

Behind Hope Elementary School on Indiana 9 Refurbished one-room schoolhouse, features 19th-century furnishings, books, volunteer schoolmarms. By appointment. Information: Flatrock-Hawcreek School Corp. at 546-4922 or

Bartholomew County Historical Society Museum

524 Third St. Permanent exhibits include a period bedroom and parlor and pioneer exhibit from the early 1800s. Also features handson activities area, exhibits and history and genealogy area available for research. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and by appointment. Information: 372-3541 or 34 DISCOVER COLUMBUS | Fall 2012

Henry Breeding Farm

13730 N. Road 100W, Edinburgh Bartholomew County Historical Society facility. Home built in 1860 and surrounding farm buildings and grounds open by appointment. Formal herb garden, farm implement exhibit, Victorian furnishings. Information: 372-3541 or

Camp Atterbury Museum

Indiana 252 north of Columbus Veterans Memorial including a World War II vintage troop train coach and a brick Walk of Honor in front of the memorial’s reflecting pool. News clippings, model airplanes, medals, decorations, handwritten letters, uniforms on life-size mannequins and photos that tell the history of the camp. Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: 526-1744 or

Historical Society of Decatur County Museum

222 N. Franklin St., Greensburg Victorian furniture, quilts, coverlets, late 19th- and early 20thcentury women’s clothing, children’s toys from 1900-1950, mili-

tary uniforms, Greensburg Daily News clip files from 1930-1980, local diaries, photographs and scrapbooks. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 812-663-2764 or

Brown County Historical Museum

East of Brown County Courthouse on Museum Way in Nashville Multiple buildings including a log jail, doctor’s office and authentic 1850 woodworking shop. Open 1 to 4:30 p.m. on weekends May through October and holidays. Information: 812-988-9148 or brown

Jackson County History Center

207 E. Walnut St., Brownstown Museum campus includes Ball and Heller Museum, Ketcham Village, trading post and nearby Old Brownstown Cemetery. Hours are 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays or by appointment. Information: 812-358-1745.

Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum

4742 Ray Boll Blvd., Columbus Municipal Airport Displays from World War II, the Korean War, the Cuban crisis and the Vietnam War as they affected the lives of local residents and military personnel stationed in the area. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call to schedule appointment during winter months. Information: 3724356 or

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Jennings County Historical Society Museum

134 E. Brown St., North Vernon Historic North American House allows visitors to explore different aspects of Jennings County history. Picturesque herb garden and over 4,000 square feet of antique displays. Gift shop. Free admission. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Information: 812- 346-8989 or


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Simmons Winery offers a variety of wines plus several tour options.

Don’t let Indiana winemakers hear you testify that the rolling valleys and sunny slopes of California are the only place to successfully cultivate grapes. Although Indiana’s harsher climate prevents viticulturists from growing grapes to make the industry’s common types of the drink, such as merlot and cabernet sauvignon, some winemakers have nearly perfected a variation that works — the French-American hybrid. And those grapes winemakers can’t grow, they import and process, making Indiana wineries an increasingly impressive option when it comes to studying and tasting the drink that has become so popular these last few years. The state offers nearly 40 wineries and tasting rooms, eight of which are in the Columbus area.


Simmons Winery

8111 E. Road 450N, Columbus WINES: Simmons offers red, white, blush and fruit wines, including chardonel, vidal blanc, vignoles, cayuga white, chambourcin, marechal foch, St. Vincent and steuben. HOURS: April to December: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. January to March: noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Photo courtesy Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Chateau Thomas Winery of Plainfield offers a tasting room and gift shop in downtown Nashville.

TOURS: Simmons offers several tour options: Wine cellar with vineyard tour and tasting; wine cellar with vineyard tour, tasting and logo glass; wine cellar with vineyard tour, tasting, glass and crackers, cheese and fruit platter; and all of the above with meatballs, mini sandwiches. Call for current prices. CONTACT: 812-546-0091,

Brown County Winery

4520 Indiana 46, Nashville WINES: Brown County Winery offers dry, semi-sweet and sweet wines, including chambourcin, cranberry apple and seyval blanc. HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. TOURS: Several tour options are available. Call for current prices. CONTACT: 812-988-6144,

Chateau Thomas Tasting Room 225 S. Van Buren St., Nashville

The Chateau Thomas Winery of Plainfield offers a tasting room and gift shop in downtown Nashville. WINES: dry red, whites and sweet varieties. HOURS: May 16 to Nov. 30: noon to 7 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Dec. 1 to May 15: noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. CONTACT: 812-988-8500 or

Chateau de Pique Winery 6361 N. Road 760E, Seymour

WINES: Selections include merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet merlot, syrah, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, sweet mile high and more. HOURS: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. TOURS: Tours are available upon request. CONTACT: 812-522-9296 or

Wolfcreek Wines

11425B S. Jonesville Road WINES: Seven varieties of wines from dry red and white to sweet, including Riesling, chambourcin and garden rose. HOURS: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday. CONTACT: 317-214-9653, Fall 2012 | DISCOVER COLUMBUS 39

The Commons



The rebirth of The Commons perfectly embodies the overall renaissance of downtown Columbus. In name and location, The Commons has been a fixture in the heart of the business and entertainment district since 1972. Now that its new physical form, which retains certain structural features of the original, is open and bustling, it’s apparent that it serves its function as a community hub in a manner fitting for a new century. The ground floor houses the lobby, 8,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, a children’s playground and a food court. A performance space and patio are situated on the upper level. The centerpiece of the lobby is “Chaos I,” a mechanical sculpture designed by Swiss artist Jean Tinguely that had been an inescapable presence in the old Commons since 1974. While its various movements are an endless source of fascination, it has been reworked by Taylor Bros. Construction Co., art conservator Richard McCoy and Purdue College of Technology students so it can be easily turned off during performances or meetings. The playground’s most visually arresting feature is the Luckey Climber. This net-enclosed biomorphic climbing system was designed by Tom Luckey and his son, Spencer, a Connecticut-based team that has installed such structures in various U.S. cities and Mexico City. Those who scale its full height of 44 feet have a panoramic view of the rest of the playground, the lobby and the courthouse. The performance space seats up to 450 at tables for banquets or 700 in a theater-style arrangement. The stage boasts an impressive lighting system. Behind it are dressing rooms and a catering kitchen. A smaller stage on the lower level, behind “Chaos,” is suited to meetings or a lunchtime music series. The Columbus Area Arts Council once again has its offices in The Commons and is partnering with the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department for programming. Among the events returning to The Commons are the arts council’s UnCommon Cause fundraiser, First Fridays for Families and the prom for East and North high schools. The building is certified to a silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, level by the U.S. Green Building Council. The roof, designed by Michigan-based Live Roof, is covered with vegetative material that provides insulation and storm water absorption. Trees are featured on the patio designed to invite informal socializing in keeping with the entire facility’s intended role as a central gathering spot for the city. Koetter Kim of Boston is the design architect, and CSO Architects of Indianapolis is the architect of record. Three sides are enclosed in glass, and over 15 types of glass were used. Fall 2012 | DISCOVER COLUMBUS 41

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Above: Children play in a “camper” at kidscommons. Opposite page: The climbing wall is always popular.

Kidscommons Children’s Museum, at 309 Washington St., is like a sundae with whipped cream, sprinkles, a cherry and about 100 kinds of nuts. And just wait until you see what the sundae is made of — Neapolitan ice cream. The door opens, and visitors are greeted by an experience that makes up kidscommons’ overall feel. Like Neapolitan ice cream, it has colorful splashes in every direction. A large banner says: “Explore, be adventurous, the world is waiting.” The facility has three floors, arranged in a way that makes one blend into the next. All are accessible for the disabled via ramps and an elevator. The first floor is the whipped cream, the first of three toppings for the sundae. The Citizen Kids area is complete with a storytelling kiosk, a wooden train set, a ball run and the makings for an entire wooden city.


Other first-floor exhibits include a children’s art studio, a tiny Japanese house, the Early Childhood Garden and a computer lab. Children can create art with paper, paint and other tools in a children’s version of a professional studio. The Japanese House has the duplicated facade of a Japanese home, complete with a short-legged table, wall decorations and pillows on the floor where people would sit. The Early Childhood Garden offers a multisensory environment with a hollow “reading tree,” a bridge over a creek painted on the floor, a little camper to climb inside and a painted pond where parents can lay their babies. CreekLab is a creek replica that mimics a riffle and pool stream habitat. All of the aquatic life such as fish, invertebrates, plants and algae were collected from local streams.

The second floor makes up the sprinkles of our multilayer sundae. It includes a climbing wall, Bubblology and ExploraHouse. The 17-foot climbing wall is accessible for the disabled and duplicates the museum’s facade. Bubblology lets children see the world from inside a bubble. ExploraHouse shows them what’s behind the walls of a house and lets them slide down a giant toilet. No sundae would be complete without a sprinkling of nuts and a decorative cherry on top. On the third floor, Kids on the Move encourages healthy life choices through food and exercise. Exhibit components include three Exergaming bikes, Dance! Dance! Dance!, Hoop It Up and a Lightspace Play Wall. And the cherry on top is the new hands-on robotics exhibit designed by NASA. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Kidscommons is also open on Mondays from the middle of June through the middle of August. Admission is $6 a person or $40 for a 10-visit pass. Climbing wall $3 plus admission. Information: 378-3046 or

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dining guide


Family Dining Amazing Joe’s Grill 2607 Central Ave. Steaks, chicken, seafood. Dinner Monday-Friday; lunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday. 378-2130.

The American Grill Hilton Garden Inn, U.S. 31 and I-65 Offers freshly prepared breakfast and dinner. 812-526-8600.

Bubba Blues Bar-B-Q 1641 N. National Road Southern grill-pit barbecue including ribs, brisket, chicken, beef and pork. Lunch and dinner. 379-2229.

Bistro 310 310 Fourth St. Fine dining featuring cuisine prepared by owner/chef Jeff Maiani. Lunch and dinner. 418-8212.

Bob Evans Indiana 46 and I-65 Homestyle food with country-style breakfasts and dinner items such as meatloaf, turkey and dressing. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 378-0442.

Cracker Barrel U.S. 31 at Edinburgh Country cooking including made-from-scratch chicken and dumplings. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 526-7968. 44 DISCOVER COLUMBUS | Fall 2012

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Indiana 46 and I-65 Open 24 hours. Home of the Grand Slam breakfast. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 314-0075.

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523 Washington St. Small plate bistro and wine and ultra premium spirit bar. 379-2240.

Golden Corral

1250 N. National Road Buffet dining with changing entrees for lunch and dinner. Breakfast on weekends only. 375-1065.

Hangar 5

4770 Ray Boll Blvd., Columbus Municipal Airport Open for breakfast and lunch every day. 378-4070.

Olde Columbus Restaurant

2480 Jonathan Moore Pike Decorated with antiques. All you can eat prime rib buffet Friday and Saturday night. Open for breakfast, Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner. 372-1541.

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54 Johnson Blvd. Pancakes, omelets, burgers, chicken and steak. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 348-2690.

1602 State St. Home cooking in a relaxed atmosphere. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 376-6386.

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2315 Jonathan Moore Pike A varied menu including Greek dishes, steak, sandwiches, pasta, chicken, fish and salads. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 657-7420.

Max & Erma’s

12105 Executive Drive, Edinburgh Sandwiches and sides in a casual atmosphere, lunch and dinner. 526-6250.

Montana Mike’s Steakhouse

3720 W. Market Place, Edinburgh Known for T-bone steaks, burgers, seafood and chicken in Western atmosphere. Lunch and dinner. 526-6600.

The Mulligan Grille

418 Fourth St. Fine dining with daily specials. Known for steaks and fresh fish from Hawaii. Lunch and dinner. 373-9382.

Texas Roadhouse

2508 25th St. Known for steak entrees in Western atmosphere. Dinner only Monday-Thursday, lunch and dinner Friday-Sunday. Call ahead for timely seating. 378-4632.


329 Washington St. Sandwiches, ice cream and drinks. 378-1900.

4664 Ray Boll Blvd. (in the Elks Lodge) Serving fresh seafood, hand cut steaks, salads and more. Open for lunch weekdays, Sunday lunch and brunch, and dinner Monday through Saturday. No membership required. 344-8088.

Ethnic Dining

Red Lobster

3932 25th St., Holiday Center Mexican dishes. Lunch and dinner. 376-0783.

2000 25th St. Known for Cheddar Bay Biscuits and seafood. Casual dining, lunch and dinner. 375-1733.

Ruby Tuesday

3715 W. Market Place, Edinburgh Simple, fresh American dining with signature New Orleans seafood, ribs and hamburgers. Casual fine dining, lunch and dinner. 526-5311.

Sirloin Stockade

3114 N. National Road Steakhouse with buffet. Lunch and dinner. 378-3867.

Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant

Johnny Carino’s

870 Creekview Drive Italian dining. Lunch and dinner. 372-2266.

Casa del Sol

3541 Two Mile House Road Mexican cuisine for lunch and dinner. 378-3737.

China Buffet

2638 Eastbrook Plaza Lunch and dinner. 376-8888. Fall 2012 | DISCOVER COLUMBUS 45

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Chipotle Mexican Grill

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Riviera Maya

2530 N. Central Ave. Lunch and dinner. 378-5888. 2260 National Road Lunch and dinner. 375-0785. 3300 W. Jonathan Moore Pike Lunch and dinner. 314-8991.

El Toreo

10020 N. U.S. 31, Taylorsville Lunch and dinner. 526-5850.

Marco’s Pizza

1629 N. National Road Indian cuisine. Catering available. 372-5711. 318 Washington St. Pizza, pasta, beer and wine. 348-7600. 2326 25th St., Fair Oaks Mall Authentic Mexican cuisine served in a Mayan resort atmosphere. Lunch and dinner. 372-6576.

Ru Yi Asian Cuisine

2125 W. Jonathan Moore Pike Menu includes sushi and sashimi. Lunch and dinner. 378-8888.

3532 W. Two Mile House Road Authentic Italian pizza, Cheezy Bread, chicken wings, freshbaked subs, salads, soft drinks and more. Lunch and dinner. 342-9082

Satuma Japanese Restaurant

Mark Pi’s China Gate

425 Washington St. Homemade soups and sauces, fresh pasta, wine selection for casual Italian dining. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday. 3721962.

Fair Oaks Mall Lunch and dinner. 376-3388.

Mexico Viejo

2520 Central Ave. Lunch and dinner. 372-7144.

New Japan

3820 25th St. Lunch and dinner. 372-1128.

2790 Brentwood Drive Lunch and dinner. 375-1117.

Tre Bicchieri

Zwanzigz Pizza

1038 Lafayette Ave. Pizza, salads, calzones, sandwiches. Dine-in or carry-out. Beer and wine. Lunch and dinner. 376-0200

Tavern/Bar & Grill Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill

1900 25th St. Steaks, seafood, chicken, sandwiches, sides. Lunch and dinner. 372-4381.

Buffalo Wild Wings

2035 Jonathan Moore Pike Wings and other dishes. Lunch and dinner. 375-1776.

Caddies Pub

2761 Central Ave. Sandwiches, salads, wings, pizza, daily home-cooked specials. Lunch and dinner. 379-4653.

Chili’s Bar and Grill

1079 N. National Road Known for fajitas, baby back ribs and hamburgers. Family dining in Southwestern décor. Lunch and dinner. 348-7596.

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Phi Bar & Grill

Hotel Indigo, 400 Brown St. Lunch and dinner. 375-9100.

Powerhouse Brewing Co.’s Columbus Bar

322 Fourth St. Specialties include sandwiches, Reuben, lunch and dinner specials and 20 beers on tap. 375-8800.

4th Street Bar & Grill

433 Fourth St. Famous for the 4th Street burger, Letterman sandwich, pizza and crab cakes. Lunch and dinner. 376-7063.

The Garage Pub and Grill

Fourth and Jackson streets Appetizers, salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, steaks, pasta, 14 draft beers. Lunch and dinner. 418-8918.

Joe Willy’s Burger Bar

1034 Washington Street Traditional American, wide selection of gourmet burgers. Lunch and dinner. 379-4559.

Jonesville Tavern “The Brick” 309 Walnut St., Jonesville Lunch and dinner. 522-8636.

Papa’s Grill

3780 W. Jonathan Moore Pike Burgers, fries, wings, etc., lunch and dinner. 342-9736.

Scores Sports Bar & Grill

Satuma Japanese Restaurant

DAGS Homemade Ice Cream & Desserts/ Bertie Jean’s Foods

West Hill Shopping Center Gourmet ice cream & desserts; take-out entrees, salads and side dishes. 341-3130.

Mancino’s Pizza and Grinders

1301 N. National Road Pizza and grinders. Lunch and dinner. 375-1000.

Panera Bread

3056 Columbus Center Handcrafted, freshly baked artisan bread. Free wi-fi. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 375-9421.

Papa’s Deli

3539 Two Mile House Road Sandwiches, wraps, appetizers, soups and salads. Lunch and dinner. 372-6999.

412 Washington St. Breakfast and lunch. 376-8705. 228 Chestnut St. Breakfast and lunch. 378-5755.

Scotty’s Burger Joint

Soups by Design

310 Washington St. A wide selection of gourmet burgers, steaks, chicken, everyday brunch menu. 373-5151.


3029 National Road Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Full service menu of tenderloins, biscuits and gravy. Serves fried chicken on Thursday, prime rib on Friday and steaks, chops and pasta on Saturday. Lunch and dinner. 372-0898.

Sandwiches/ice cream/coffee Culver’s

90 Johnson Blvd. Burgers, fries, sandwiches, entrees and ice cream. 799-0035.

424 Washington St. Homemade soups, salads and sandwiches. Lunch and dinner. 372-7687.

Piepers Gourmet Catering

423 Washington St. Soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Lunch. 378-2140.

Starbucks Coffee Co.

— 1585 N. National Road. 314-0934. — 2355 Jonathan Moore Pike. 376-6530. — Target, 1865 N. National Road. 888-796-5282.

Yo MaMa Frozen Yogurt and More

3780 W. Jonathan Moore Pike Frozen yogurt, coffee. Free wi-fi. 812-799-0560.



La Quinta Inn & Suites

Whether you’re planning to stay one night or two weeks, Columbus has a wide variety of hotels offering hometown hospitality to fit any budget.

Courtyard by Marriott

Best Western

Days Inn

U.S. 31 and I-65 at Taylorsville 57 rooms. Indoor heated pool and exercise room. Free continental breakfast and restaurants nearby. Information: 526-9883;

Charwood Suites

2000 Charwood Drive 72 furnished one- or two-bedroom extended stay units with living room and kitchen. Indoor heated pool and sauna. Information: 378-4840;

Clarion Hotel and Conference Center

Indiana 46 and I-65 253 rooms. Indoor pool, Jacuzzi, dining room, bakery, gift shop, game and exercise 48 DISCOVER COLUMBUS | Fall 2012

rooms. 20,000-square-foot conference center seats 700 for banquets; 18 meeting rooms. Information: 372-1541; www.

Comfort Inn Edinburgh/Columbus

U.S. 31 and I-65 Newly renovated, HDTV, refrigerator, microwave, whirlpool suites, fitness center, guest laundry, pool, manager’s reception. Adjacent to Premium Outlets. Information: 812-526-9899; www.spraguehotels. com/sprague-comfort-inn-edinburgh.

Comfort Inn and Suites

Indiana 46 and I-65 75 rooms. Two-room and whirlpool suites. High-speed Internet, meeting rooms, breakfast buffet. Information: 376-3051 or (800) 424-6423;

3888 Mimosa Drive 90 rooms. Indoor pool, spa and exercise room. Breakfast buffet and evening lounge. Information: 342-8888; (800) 582-1582; Indiana 46 and I-65 113 rooms. Free breakfast, banquet room, cocktail lounge, entertainment, valet service and outdoor pool. Kids free. Pets welcome. Information: 376-9951 or (800) 329-7466;

Hampton Inn

U.S. 31 and I-65 95 rooms. Whirlpool suites with kitchenettes. Conference center. Heated indoor pool and fitness room. Free continental breakfast and restaurants nearby. Information: 526-5100 or (800) 426-7866; www.


Columbus Bed-andBreakfasts The Inn at Irwin Gardens

Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn

Red Roof Inn

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

Residence Inn

U.S. 31 and I-65 125 rooms. Complimentary high-speed Internet, HD flat screen TVs, 24-hour complimentary business center, 2,700-squarefoot meeting room, exercise center, indoor pool, restaurant. 812-526-8600. U.S. 31 and I-65 93 rooms. All rooms feature HD flat screen TVs with connectivity panels and free wired/wireless high-speed Internet. Complimentary breakfast, indoor pool and fitness center. 812-526-4919.

Hotel Indigo

400 Brown St. 85 rooms, including nine suites. Indoor pool and hot tub, fitness room, restaurant and lounge, meeting space. Information: 375-9100;

La Quinta Inn & Suites

101 Carrie Lane 78 rooms, including some two-room suites and two rooms with hot tubs. Completely smoke-free. Free breakfast bar. Indoor pool, fitness room and business center. Information: 379-4657 or

Motel 6

Indiana 46 and I-65 88 rooms. Restaurants nearby. Children under 18 stay free. Information: 372-6888.

U.S. 31 and I-65 at Taylorsville 56 rooms. Free continental breakfast, outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool rooms. Near restaurants and outlet stores. Information: 526-9747 or (800) 228-5150; www. 4525 W. Indiana 46 Extended stay hotel with 83 suites with fully equipped kitchens. Hot breakfast served daily; evening receptions Monday through Thursday with food and beverages. Wireless high-speed Internet, indoor pool and fitness room. Information: 342-2400.

Sleep Inn and Suites

2315 Jonathan Moore Pike 72 rooms, including 22 suites. Business lounge, free breakfast buffet, indoor pool, sauna, fitness room, laundry, high-speed Internet. Information: 372-7200 or (866) 802-1100;

Super 8 Motel

Indiana 46 and I-65 55 rooms. Restaurants nearby, free satellite movies. Information: 372-8828 or (800) 800-8000

608 Fifth St. This historically significant property, in the heart of downtown Columbus and built in 1864 by the Irwin family, has been impeccably maintained with much of the original ornamentation and furnishings intact. Information: 376-3663;

Ruddick-Nugent House Bed & Breakfast (and Gardens) 1210 16th St. A fully restored 1884 Greek Revival home on a full city block of landscaped gardens and water features in Columbus’ historic district. Information: 350-6708; Fall 2012 | DISCOVER COLUMBUS 49

lodging guide hotel


restaurants/ lounge

indoor/ outdoor pool

fitness room

Internet/ wireless

pets allowed

Best Western Horizon Inn 1170 N. U.S. 31, Edinburgh, 812-526-9883







Charwood Suites 2000 W. Charwood Drive, 812-378-4840







Clarion Hotel and Conference Center 2480 Jonathan Moore Pike, 812-372-1541







Comfort Inn Edinburgh/Columbus 11711 N. U.S. 31, Edinburgh, 812-526-9899







Comfort Inn and Suites 2485 Jonathan Moore Pike, 812-376-3051







Courtyard by Marriott 3488 Mimosa Drive, 812-342-8888







Days Inn of Columbus 3445 Jonathan Moore Pike, 812-376-9951







Hampton Inn 12161 N. U.S. 31, Edinburgh, 812-526-5100







Hilton Garden Inn U.S. 31 and I-65, 812-526-8600







Holiday Inn Express and Suites U.S. 31 and I-65, 812-526-4919







Hotel Indigo 400 Brown St., 812-375-9100







La Quinta Inn & Suites 101 Carrie Lane, 812-379-4657







Motel 6 161 Carrie Lane, 812-372-6888







Red Roof Inn 10330 N. U.S. 31, Taylorsville, 812-526-9747







Residence Inn 4525 W. Indiana 46, 812-342-2400







Sleep Inn and Suites 2335 Jonathan Moore Pike, 812-372-7200







Super 8 Motel 110 Carr Hill Road, 812-372-8828








Banks & Credit Unions



BAR-CONS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION 1142 N. Marr Road, Columbus-ATM Columbus Regional Hospital Canteen-ATM

BUSINESS & INDUSTRIAL FEDERAL CREDIT UNION “A Community Chartered Financial Institution” 740 N. Marr Road, Columbus-ATM 2118 Lanier Drive, Madison-ATM

CENTRA CREDIT UNION Columbus Area 2165 Jonathon Moore Pike, Columbus – Branch + ATM 1430 National Road, Columbus – Branch + ATM 601 Union Street, Columbus – Branch + ATM 2020 26th Street, Columbus – Branch + ATM 2010 West 450 South, Walesboro – Branch + ATM 11700 N. US 31, Edinburgh – Branch + ATM Rural King, Northern Village Center, 2985 N. National Rd., Columbus – ATM Clifty Crossing,1083 National Road, Columbus – ATM Woodridge Center, 2 Mile House Rd & Hwy 46 W, Columbus – ATM Columbus Bowling Center, 3010 State Street, Columbus – ATM Elks Club, 4664 Ray Boll Blvd., Columbus – ATM Carmel 11711 N. Pennsylvania, Carmel – Branch + ATM

(CENTRA CREDIT UNION continued) Indianapolis 4562 N. Shadeland Ave., Indianapolis – Branch + ATM Shelbyville Fortune Plaza, 2450 E State Road 44, Shelbyville – Branch + ATM Greensburg Greensburg Plaza, 1803 N. Lincoln, Greensburg – Branch + ATM Seymour 520 South Jackson Park Dr., Seymour – Branch + ATM Seymour West Towne Plaza, 1111 West Towne Plaza, Seymour – ATM Big Lots Center, 2008 E Tipton Street, Seymour – ATM North Vernon 975 N. Veterans Dr., North Vernon – Branch + ATM Sav-A-Lot, 1357 N. State St., North Vernon – ATM Scottsburg 281 North Gardner, Scottsburg – Branch + ATM Walmart (inside), 1618 West McClain, Scottsburg – Branch + ATM Madison 303 Clifty Drive, Madison – Branch + ATM Sellersburg 7812 State Road 60, Sellersburg – Branch 651 Hamburg Way, Sellersburg – ATM Clarksville Walmart (inside) 1351 Veteran’s Parkway, Clarksville – Branch + ATM New Albany 710 Pillsbury Lane, New Albany – Branch + ATM Floyd Memorial Hospital, 1850 State St., New Albany – ATM Jeffersonville 2125 Veterans Parkway, Jeffersonville – Branch + ATM

(MAINSOURCE BANK continued) Decatur County (Branch Locations) 201 N. Broadway, Greensburg - ATM 304 E. 10th St., Greensburg - ATM 102 Underwood Dr., Westport - ATM Decatur County (ATM Locations) 2105 N. SR 3 Bypass, Greensburg Jennings County (Branch Locations) 521 N. State St., North Vernon - ATM Johnson County (Branch Locations) 136 E. Harriman Ave., Bargersville - ATM 597 Banta St., Franklin – ATM on-site 298 SR 135 N., Greenwood – ATM on-site 11 Trafalgar Sq., Trafalgar – ATM on-site 989 N. US 31, Whiteland – ATM on-site Johnson County (ATM Locations) Hospital Road Laundry Building 613, Camp Atterbury Hospital Road NCO Club, Camp Atterbury Hospital Road USO, Camp Atterbury Shelby County (Branch Locations) 2507 Progress Parkway, Shelbyville - ATM

SALIN BANK 655 Third Street, Columbus - ATM 3501 Central Avenue, Columbus - ATM 100 W. Main Cross Street, Edinburgh-ATM

FIRST FINANCIAL BANK 707 Creekview Dr., Columbus 125 Third St., Columbus 2531 Eastbrook Plaza, Columbus US 31 & Tannehill Rd., Taylorsville 3950 Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus

MAINSOURCE BANK Bartholomew County (Branch Locations) 2310 Jonathan Moore Pike - (Drive-Thru) 803 Washington St. Columbus - (Drive-Thru) 2315 Merchant Mile, Columbus - ATM 3748 25th St., Columbus - ATM 529 Washington St., Columbus - ATM 3880W. PresidentialWay,Taylorsville/Edinburgh - ATM


People Trails



Columbus, long known for its architecture, is often referred to as the “Athens of the Prairie.” Perhaps, thanks to its extensive People Trails system, Columbus could also be called the “Athens of the Trail System.” Following a 1983 master plan update, a committee formed with the purpose of creating a trail system for walkers, runners and bikers around the community. The first section, stretching from Lincoln Park to Donner Park along 19th Street, opened in 1987, and the system has grown slowly but steadily over the years. The Columbus Parks and Recreation Department works to make each trail section universally usable. The department also attempts to preserve as many trees as possible, which allows for many scenic and peaceful miles of paved trails. Visiting trail-goers have plenty to see as they stroll, jog or ride through city neighborhoods and parks. The trails also pass close to two creeks, three rivers, plenty of grassy areas and farmland. However, the more than 19 miles of organized trails are not only open to bicyclists, walkers and runners. These people-friendly pathways are actually open to anything peoplepowered, which includes skateboards, unicycles and in-line skates. Also, when the People Trails were developed, those with physical challenges were taken into consideration. Wheelchairs, both motorized and hand-powered, are always welcome. If you come to visit and enjoy the People Trails, rest assured that Rover or Spot is welcome to tag along but that horses, cars and motorcycles are prohibited. photo by april knox


Mill Race Park

The covered bridge in Mill Race Park


In 1963, the acreage known as “Death Valley” on the east bank of White River was considered one of the most poverty-stricken areas in Columbus. Now, as Mill Race Park, it hosts Columbus’ favorite events, attracting throngs of people.

The tract contained the Death Valley urban renewal area, the former W.W. Mooney tannery site and woods and farmland near where the East Fork of White River is formed. Prior to the 1960s, people lived along the river in shacks made of tar paper and wood scraps. The spring rains flooded the land, leaving a muddy residue on a blighted landscape. City leaders began a fund drive in 1963 to raise $145,000 to purchase 66 acres from the residents for the park, pay for limited development and hire a park planner. By the fall of 1964, city workers had cut a roadway into the woods near the river and gravel pits. They also cleared the underbrush. Residents raised $18,500 by June 1966 to move the Clifty Creek covered bridge from Azalia Road to Mill Race Park. Otherwise, the bridge would have been destroyed to make way for a concrete bridge. A two-car, 20-passenger steam-powered train copied after the General of Civil War fame was dedicated in 1967 as a tourist attraction. But the train cars suffered technical problems and sagging interest by the public. In 1969, the city built an outdoor theater west of the forFall 2012 | DISCOVER COLUMBUS 55

mer tannery site near Lindsey Street. However, the pole building was damaged by wind six years later. Artist Richard Bauer’s 15-foot-tall welded steel sculpture, Skopos, meaning “the watcher,” guarded the park’s entrance. It was dedicated in September 1979. Two shelter houses, a boat ramp and a playground with swings were also added to the park during that time. While looking forward to the quincentennial anniversary in 1992 of Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to the New World, the town searched for a project that would continue to benefit the community long after the celebration. Residents found that an important dream, the park at Fifth and Lindsey streets, had been partially realized almost 30 years before. They decided to continue the development of Mill Race Park, a resource that could be greatly enhanced. Foundations, companies and individuals agreed to take part and eventually pledged nearly $4 million to build structures and redesign the landscape. Landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh incorporated the beauty of the riverfront and the park’s proximity to the heart of the city in the design. He made the site a water-dominated landscape by celebrating its proximity to the rivers. A round lake was excavated, with the soil creating mounds similar to those made by American Indians in southern Indiana. Plants that tolerate flooding were selected. Spaces were designed to accommodate lunch time visitors or a class that comes to the park to study flora. The Custer-Nugent Amphitheater was constructed and today hosts many musical and theatrical events during the warmer months. The renovated Mill Race Park opened in October 1992.


Your Guide to Discover Columbus &


For Easy Location,

match the color of the business with the appropriate color area of Bartholomew County.


Denny’s Restaurant 46 West Clarion Hotel Jonathan Moore Pike Circle K State Road 11 Circle K Jonathan Moore Pike Days Inn Jonathan Moore Pike Comfort Inn Jonathan Moore Pike Sleep Inn Jonathan Moore Pike Super 8 Motel Jonathan Moore Pike Charwood Suites 2000 Carr Hill Road Old National Bank 4330 Jonathan Moore Pike First Financial Bank 4190 Jonathan Moore Pike JayC 4790 Jonathan Moore Pike Jackson County Bank Jonathan Moore Pike Tipton Lakes Athletic Club 4000 W. Goeller Blvd. Courtyard Marriott Goeller Blvd. Westwood Pines Apts. 4745 Pine Ridge Dr. Eastlake Woods 1020 Thicket Court Centra Credit Union 46 West Charter Funding Two Mile House Road


Parks and Rec Donner Center

Cummins Corp. Mail Room Jackson Street PNC 333 Washington St. American Premier Mortgage 404 Washington St., Suite 201-1 Papa’s Deli Washington Street Old National Bank 501 Washington St.

First Financial Bank 125 Third St. Century 21 Breeden 700 Washington Street Brad’s Home Furnishings 729 Washington Team Advantage Real Living 3820 25th St. Downtown Grocery Washington Street A New Beginning Realty 1535 Washington St. Centra Credit Union 601 Union Street

Village Pantry National & Washington Bates Key Real Estate 3181 Sycamore Court Old National Bank 3805 25th Street National City Bank 1830 25th Street 5th/3rd Bank 25th Street


Chamber of Commerce 500 Franklin St. Dairy Queen 2215 Columbus Ctr

333 2nd Street, Columbus


FC Tucker 716 3rd Street Columbus Board of Realtors 430 5th Street Visitors Center 5th & Franklin

New Japan 3825 25th Street Texas Roadhouse 2508 25th Street FairOaks Mall 25th and Central Applebees 1900 25th Street Riviera Maya Restaurant FairOaks Mall


Kroger 3110 National Road Prompt Med 2505 25th Street First Financial Bank Eastbrook Plaza Behavioral Health Care Poshard Dr. Ivy Tech - Student Affairs 4475 Central Airport Terminal Central Avenue Foxpointe Apartments 25th Street Columbus Health & Rehab 2100 Midway Columbus Regional 2400 E. 17th St. Hamilton Ice Center 25th & Lincoln Park Dr. Satuma Middle Road & Brentwood Dr. Jeff Finke Realty 2405 Cottage Ave. Home Marketing Specialists 2312 Cottage Avenue CVS 25th & National Rd. Remax Clover Center Marsh Clover Center Jackson County Bank Clover Center Bloomfield Apartments 2410 Sims Court #1 Tapatio Mexican Restaurant 2309 Marr Rd. Food & Gas/Marathon 5750 25th Street Lincoln Village Apartments 5135 N. Lincoln Village Dr. Briarwood Apartments 2530 Thornbrook Drive Williamsburg Way Apts. 3838 Williamsburg Way Circle K 25th & Taylor Centra Credit Union National Road Wedgewood Apartments 2756 25th Street Suite 300 Prestwick Square Apts. 420 Wint Lane Circle K 17th & National Spoon Real Estate 1007 Central Avenue Marsh State Street Marathon / Subway State St. & Gladstone CVS 2150 State Street Donuts N Coffee 2222 State Street

DSI (for Rest Stops) 2920 10th St. Farm Credit Services 2905 State Street Ceraland 3989 S. 525 E. Columbus Crystal Flash 3rd Street Dairy Queen 616 3rd Street Coldwell Banker 2nd Street Premier Ag 2nd Street The Republic Advertising 2nd Street Holiday Inn Taylorsville US 31 Edinburgh Premium Outlet Mall Office US 31 Edinburgh Max & Erma’s US 31 Edinburgh Best Western US 31 Edinburgh CVS US 31 Edinburgh Citgo US 31 Edinburgh Circle K 46 E. Greensburg CVS Lincoln Street/Greensburg Cutting Edge Realty 503 S. State St. / North Vernon Circle K North Vernon CVS North Vernon CVS Seymour Abe Martin Lodge Nashville Art Gallery Nashville Brown County Inn Nashville Brown County Tourist Nashville Chamber of Commerce Nashville Comfort Inn Nashville Cornerstone Inn Nashville Hotel Nashville Resort Nashville Nashville Town Hall Nashville Salt Creek Golf Course Nashville Aton’s Self Storage 3040 State Street



“Game changer” is the term director Bob Pitman uses to describe Mill Race Center, the new community center and programming agency for the 50-plus population in Bartholomew County. The Columbus area has never had such a comprehensive collection of services and activities for this demographic under one roof. The facility itself, yet another architectural gem in the city’s crown, is situated in Mill Race Park, arguably the most scenic spot in the community. The center’s 24,700 square feet house a multipurpose space, lounge, patio, woodworking shop, computer lab, arts room, fitness center, catering kitchen, billiards area, a therapy and wellness area run by Columbus Regional Hospital and space for Just Friends Adult Day Services. From any of the ample windows throughout the building, but particularly those in the multipurpose space, the view is that of south-central Indiana’s natural beauty. The design architect for Mill Race Center was William Rawn and Associates of Boston. The executive architect was RATIO Architects of Indianapolis, and the construction manager was Taylor Bros. Construction Co. of Columbus. Mill Race Center Inc. has organizational roots going back to 1956. Its previous home was a turn-of-the-century power station just south of Mill Race Park. “We started to address the need for additional space in 1989,” says Pitman. A facility search committee was formed in 1998. It came up with a list of 40 possible sites of varying appeal. “Among our criteria were a strong preference for a downtown location, lots of green space and the ability to expand.” According to Pitman, former Columbus city engineer David Hayward “had a brainstorm.” He noted that a threeacre site in the northeast part of Mill Race Park would go unused unless Indianapolis Road was rerouted. The rerouting actually freed up seven acres. “Until the roundabout that resulted from the rerouting was built, people couldn’t envision the site,” says Pitman. As the features of the actual building began to be discussed, a few “musts” showed up on planners’ lists. According to Pitman, “The fitness center was an absolute must, and the computer lab was an absolute must. Also, the multipurpose space had to be flexible.” In the spacious, natural-light-filled entrance lobby, visitors are greeted by a paid staff member and a volunteer. To the right are offices for such functions as travel and program coordination. To the left are the arts room, the therapy and wellness area and the fitness center. The therapy and wellness area is staffed by experts in


physical therapy and occupational therapy from CRH’s Rehabilitation Center. Mill Race Center membership is not required to make an appointment. The equipment in the fitness center rivals that in any of the city’s gyms. It is considered part of the therapy and wellness area but is available to center members at a discounted fee. Bringing previously off-site programs and partner organizations into the center is a major objective of the staff

Mill Race Center

and board. Just Friends, which caters to a clientele that might otherwise have to consider institutional living, will now be housed at Mill Race, allowing its clients to participate in center activities with proper accompaniment by Just Friends staff. Among other plans for the woodworking shop are the crafting of furniture for the patio. Senior Products, the production-and-distribution arm of Mill Race Center, will also use the facility.

The center’s hours are 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. On weekends, the various areas of the center are available for rent for weddings, organizational meetings and other such events. Pitman is pleased with the results of the years of planning and fundraising for Mill Race Center. He beams as he says, “I think it will be recognized as a model statewide and even nationally.” Fall 2012 | DISCOVER COLUMBUS 59


Above: Columbus East and North high school players compete at Otter Creek. Opposite page: Greenbelt hosts the city golf tournament.


The Columbus area is home to more than a dozen courses that will challenge the skills of any golfer. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Otter Creek Golf Course has consistently ranked among the top 25 public golf courses in the country since it opened in 1964. Jones set this championship course on a 218-acre parcel of hilly terrain with more than 3,000 trees. Here’s a look at Otter Creek and the other courses in the area. Otter Creek Golf Course

11522 E. Road 50N General: 27 holes, par 36 (each nine holes) Golf Digest magazine rates it 4 ½ stars Length: North course, 3,678 yards; East course, 3,546 yards; West course, 3,580 yards Phone: 579-5227


Greenbelt Golf Course

10th Street and Gladstone Avenue General: 9 holes, par 36 Length: 3,085 yards (blue tees); 2,563 yards (white tees); 2,429 yards (red tees) Phone: 376-2684

Oak Knoll Golf Course

1705 W. Road 550S, Columbus General: 18 holes, par 73 Length: 7,054 yards (blue tees); 6,150 yards (white tees); 5,150 yards (red tees) Phone: 342-2000

Clifty Creek Golf Course

12000 E. Road 225N General: 9 holes, par 36 Length: 2,910 yards (blue tees); 2,796 yards (white tees); 2,173 yards (red tees) Phone: 372-6031

Par 3 Golf Course

Rocky Ford Road and Fairlawn Drive General: 18 holes, par 54 Length: 2,100 yards Phone: 376-2687

Columbus Putt-Putt

1080 N. Marr Road General: Two 18 hole courses; each hole par 2 Phone: 376-3136

Salt Creek Golf Course

Indiana 46, two miles east of Nashville General: 18 holes, par 72 Length: 6,409 yards (blue tees), 6,041 yards (white tees), 5,001 yards (gold tees) Phone: 988-7888

Timbergate Golf Course

Exit 80 on I-65 General: 18 holes, par 72 Golf Digest magazine rates it 4 stars Length: 6,965 yards (black tees); 5,656 yards (gold tees); 5,967 yards (white tees); 5,301 yards (red tees) Phone: 526-3523




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a multitude of parks

Freedom Field

Columbus has several wonderful parks where visitors can relax in the outdoors without ever leaving the city. Below is a brief summary of what’s available at each.

Clifty Park

Chapman T. Blackwell III Park

Donner Park

Intersection of Westenedge and Parkside drives (Parkside Elementary School is adjacent to park) Ground cover: wood carpet Amenities: barbecue areas (2), picnic tables, football fields (3), People Trails (connect Parkside Drive at Westenedge Drive to IUPUC), restrooms, shelter (1) (water but no electricity), soccer fields (9), softball field (1), playground


Across from Columbus East High School, off Indiana Avenue Ground cover: wood carpet Amenities: shelter (1), restrooms, baseball/softball fields (6), picnic tables, separate play areas for tot/preschool age children (up to 5) and older children (ages 5 to 12) Jolie Crider Skate Park is open to older children able to skateboard by themselves. Proper safety equipment (kneepads, helmets, elbow pads, wrist guards) is recommended. 22nd, Sycamore and Chestnut streets to 16th, Sycamore and Chestnut streets Ground cover: wood carpet (older child area); foam (tot/ preschool area) Amenities: shelter (1), picnic tables, restrooms, basketball court (1), tennis courts, swimming pool in adjacent Donner Aquatic Center (admission charge), playgrounds

Freedom Field

Parkside Drive, behind Parkside Elementary School Ground cover: rubber Amenities: 25,000-square-foot accessible playground for the disabled and able-bodied.

Harrison Ridge Park

Tipton Lakes Boulevard Ground cover: Fibar Amenities: basketball court (1), handball court (1), picnic tables, shelter (1), tennis courts (2), separate play areas for tot/preschool children and older children

Lincoln Park

25th Street and Lincoln Parkway Drive Ground cover: wood carpet Amenities: barbecue areas (6), basketball court (1lighted), handball courts (2), indoor ice rink at Hamilton Center, picnic tables, restrooms, softball fields (6-lighted), tennis courts (4-lighted), playground

Mill Race Park

Donner Park

Corner of Fifth and Lindsey streets Ground cover: wood carpet Amenities: shelters (2), picnic tables, amphitheater, People Trails, observation tower with elevator, playgrounds

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let’s talk shop

Photos by April Knox

During down time from business meetings and sporting events, visitors will find plenty of shopping hot spots in and around Columbus, including these. FairOaks Mall The mall, on 25th Street, is anchored by national retailers JC Penney, Carson’s and Kmart. Bath and Body Works, Christopher & Banks, Kirlin’s Hallmark, That’s Pretty Personal and Petals & Vines also have stores inside the mall.

Downtown Downtown retailers include Sears, Dell Brothers Clothing, Hoosier Sporting Goods, Brad’s Furniture Gallery and Baker’s Fine Gifts and Accessories.

Clifty Crossing This shopping center at National Road and 10th Street features Bed Bath & Beyond, Hobby Lobby, Best Buy and Party City. Nearby on Creekview Drive, shoppers can find Kohl’s Department Store, Wal-Mart Super Center, Goodwill and Lowe’s.

Columbus Center Located at National and Beam roads, Columbus Center is home to Target, T.J. Maxx, Office Max, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Big Lots.


Photo by Todd maze

FairOaks Mall


Jonathan Moore Pike This stretch of Indiana 46 between Interstate 65 and downtown is home to a Wal-Mart Super Center, Sam’s Club and Menards, plus several smaller stores.

Nashville The small town 20 miles west of Columbus in Brown County is home to hundreds of independently owned shops full of antiques, collectibles and hand-crafted items.

Edinburgh Premium Outlets Eight miles north of Columbus, at the intersection of Interstate 65 and U.S. 31, sits central Indiana’s largest outlet center. The lineup of 85 stores includes Gap, Banana Republic, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Ann Taylor Loft, J. Crew, Coach, Bose, DKNY and Michael Kors.

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Indiana 46 west of I-65

Holiday Center 25th and Taylor



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head west and go back in time Brown County is visited each year by thousands of people who are eager to stay at rustic hotels, bed and breakfast inns or cabins and campgrounds. A back-road tour will give the visitor a glimpse of what they’d like to do. See the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, the former residence of T.C. Steele, co-founder of the Brown County Art Colony. Travel down Salt Creek Road that winds by a creek and look for covered bridges and old churches. Brown County State Park is Indiana’s largest and mostvisited park. Yellowwood State Forest and the park offer many outdoor activities, including hiking, horseback riding, camping, swimming, picnicking, fishing and boating. Deer are often visible. Salt Creek Golf Club is adjacent to the park. Golf Club of Brown County is on Country Club Road. Antique shops, flea markets, art and craft and specialty shops delight shoppers while art galleries attract those looking for a special painting. In Nashville, visitors can see a pioneer village with original buildings or enjoy a marionette performance and a play. Horse-drawn carriage rides and a replica steam engine

train ride offer a relaxing view of the town. Wine-tasting shops offer samples and bottles of their wares. Information: Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau, (800) 753-3255 or Brown County’s past Brown County is a unique area of the Midwest with a personality all its own. From rugged beginnings, the people and their way of life have contributed to the individual character and charm of the southern Indiana resort area. In 1809, the land that was to become Brown County was acquired from the native people by the United States government. Pioneers in ox-drawn wagons settled the region. Encountering bears, panthers and wolves along the way, they followed narrow trails through the dense Indiana wilderness. In 1836, Brown County was officially allocated and named after Maj. Gen. Jacob Brown, a hero in the War of 1812. At this time, the county seat, Nashville, was a cluster of log cabins with 75 residents. A log courthouse and jail were added where the current courthouse and jail stand. By 1890, Brown County boasted a population of 10,308

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Several hiking trails help visitors explore beautiful Brown County State Park near Nashville.


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Nashville is known for its arts and crafts, but don’t forget to sample the wide selection of taste treats, too.

people. During the growth of Brown County, the lumber industry and farmers cut away so many trees on hillsides that the county suffered devastating erosion. Many people moved away. In 1930, only 5,168 residents remained. The pioneer way of life in Brown County continued long after other counties had adopted a more contemporary style of living. Not until 1980 would Brown County recover and surpass the 1890 population. During the 1900s, a colony of artists, including T.C. Steele, Adolph Shultz, Will Vauter, V.J. Cariani, Marie Goth, C. Curry Bohm and Dale Bessire were drawn to Nashville. An east-west road through the county, built in the 1920s, and the opening of Indiana 135 from Indianapolis in the 1930s led visitors to Brown County’s scenic beauty. The 1930s saw the establishment of the first of many art galleries and the opening of Brown County State Park. The history of this Southern Indiana region and its authentic antiquity combined with natural beauty make it the perfect setting for visitors to experience the atmosphere of a previous era. — Information from Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau


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