The staff of the Local History Department at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library has been hard at work on creating an index for the book “Columbus in One Hundred Verses”.
Containing local family names such as “Billups,” “Cox,” and “Sykes” as well as businesses such as the “First National Bank” and “The Columbus Dispatch”, the book lists the numerous industries and organizations that flourished in Columbus in 1889.
The listings are advertisements and will often list the owner, type of business, items sold, location, and so on.
The businesses include dentists, drug stores, coal dealers, real estate agencies, merchants, hotels, saloons, shoe stores, photographers, railroads and many more. The book offers a glimpse into people’s daily needs as well as their sources of entertainment.
The Directory along with the Index are vital since there are not many other sources from which to find information about local businesses in the 1880s.
The new Index alows patrons to search the business directory much faster and more efficiently.
The original directory is in the Billups-Garth Archives vault while a photocopy is bound and on the shelf for patrons to access. The book contains the call number CL 976.209 LOWNDES GOL while the Index will contain the call number CL 976.209 LOWNDES GOL INDEX.