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Columbus History Told by Its Monuments

Columbus is the biggest city and the capital of Ohio. For visitors to the Columbus area, though lots of attractions abound, taking some time to go to visit monuments in Columbus is the best way to get a little taste of the culture within the town itself. Right below we have selected the top monuments you will find in the city of Columbus.

Ohio Statehouse

There are many monuments and statues on the state House Capitol Grounds that may interest visitors who enjoy monuments and include These Are My Jewels, the Ohio War Memorial, The Spirit of ’98, William McKinley, Here Stood Lincoln, Peace, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Oak, Columbus Monument, The State House, Lincoln at the Statehouse, James A. Rhodes, Charity Newsies and Intersect.

“These are My Jewels”

Located on the particular grounds of the state capital complicated, the monument by Levi Scofield called “These are My Jewels” was first built in 1893, and moved to its current location in 1894 where it is still one of the more popular Columbus monuments. This eye-catching and shock electrifying monument is yet one of the most well known monuments celebrating Ohio’s seriousness in the Civil War.

Ohio World War Memorial

Built in 1930, the Ohio World War Memorial has on its structure the following phrase: “To Justice in War and Lasting Peace After Voctory”.

James A. Rhodes

Erected in 1982, this statue honors the longest serving Governor in Ohio and in the history of the union, James A. Rhodes. This statue stands in front of the tallest building in Columbus, the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower. The statue is found near the State House Capitol in proximity to many other columbus monuments.


A bronze sculpture embedded in granite, this statue of a winged woman was produced by Bruce Wilder Saville and remembers Ohio soldier’s sacrifices in the Civil War. The monument is 13 feet high and 11 feet wide, with the granite base at 8 feet high. Peace was erected in 1923 by the Dep. of Ohio’s Woman’s Relief Corps and is located on the State House Capitol Grounds in the Capitol Square.

Santa Maria Ship Replica

On Wesy Broad Street in Columbus there resides a duplicate of the Santa Maria, the ship that Christopher Columbus used on his excursion to the new world. In 1992, this ship was berthed in the Scioto Brook in a 500 year commemoration. Seeing this piece of American history reminds visitors just how young and how old our country is, and what incredible progress we have made, even just technologically. The Santa Maria is a historical landmark and is open April to October, Wednesday to Friday 10am to 3pm and Sat. and Sunday 12pm to 5pm.

Greenlawn Cemetery

Amongst the stoic grounds of Greenlawn Cemetery in Columbus resides one of the more famous monuments in Columbus. Simply referred to as the soldiers monument, this statue pays homage to the Civil War infantrymen who fought and died in the area in the war. Walking through the hollowed grounds of this graveyard gives visitors a sense of the rich history the Columbus area has.

Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery

Though not always pictured through statues and monuments, one area in Columbus does honor and pay respect to the Confederacy side of the Civil War. Found in the Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery is a monument that honors the 2,260 Confederate soldiers buried on the grounds.

Lake View Cemetery

Found in Cleveland but worth the trip, the multiple monuments found throughout Lake View Cemetery pay tribute to fallen Civil War squaddies and include basic obelisk monuments and more intricate tributes too , nevertheless one of the more prominent monuments on site is the one praising President Garfield who was killed and is among the more outstanding Ohio natives to have held office.

Dave Holden has had an interest in Columbus landmarks for many years. He has written op-eds and editorial pieces for many online publications. For full information about Columbus monuments feel free to visit his site.