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Want to know some of the great things about Columbus, Wisconsin?

Welcome! Columbus is less than 30 miles from Madison, Wisconsin, and is located on five major highway corridors: Highways 151, 73, 89, 16 and 60.

COLUMBUS: a City of Distinction; click here to read all about us.

Businesses in Columbia County have the opportunity to take advantage of business counseling through the PROBE program, a new offering from the UW-Madison Small Business Development Center.  Information on the program is attached.  If you have any questions, contact Phil Jackson at the UW SBDC or City Administrator Patrick Vander Sanden at City Hall (623-5900 or

Shop, Tour and Discover Columbus. Columbus is one of a few cities in Wisconsin that offer Amtrak service daily.  Lamars Express now provides daily bus service between the Columbus Amtrak station and Madison, as well as the Fox Valley.  The bus departs Madison (the University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Union) daily at 2 PM with a 2:30 stop at Truckers Inn truck stop in DeForest and arrives in Columbus at 3:05 PM.  Lamars also travels north of Columbus with stops in Beaver Dam, Waupun, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, Appleton and Green Bay.

Come, spend a little time and Discover all that Columbus has to offer whether it be shoping our Specialty Shops, the States largest Antique Mall, The Christopher Columbus Museum or a tour of our Historic Downtown.  Click on the following link to download a City Map with Points of Interest and support our local Chamber Members who made this map possible.

The city has 5,000 residents and sits in the southeast corner of Columbia County. Its streets are lined with 20th century commercial and residential buildings, many faithfully restored. New homes and subdivisions have been carefully sited around the city and blend in well with the historic architecture.

If you are a new resident to Columbus, click on the link for important information Getting Started in Columbus

Great schools,a hospital, active civic clubs, fishing, cycling, running, golf, swimming, kayaking are just a few of the attributes that attract newcomers to the area.  Businesses locate here because Columbus is easy to reach, has a skilled labor force, and is close to the major metropolitan areas of Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis.

You can reach us at 920-623-3699 or by email.

Columbus Downtown Façade Improvement Pilot Program

To help leverage and encourage participation in the Red Bud Home Service’s Downtown Beautification Assistance Program and the Federal and State historic building income tax credits, assist in growth of downtown businesses, and to encourage downtown investment, redevelopment and revitalization, the City of Columbus has partnered with WPPI energy/Columbus Water & Light to offer a pilot Downtown Façade Improvement Grant program.  Click on the following link for your application and more information.

Cooling Bandana's

The Chamber is selling cooling bandana's as a fund raiser. Soak them, put them on and cool down or just use them as a decorative scarf around your neck. The perfect gift for you and everyone you know. Just $5.00 each. Find yours at these locations:

Columbus Visitors Center, 128 W James St.

Sharrow's Downtown, 100 S Ludington St.

The Snak Shak, 125 N Ludington St.