COLUMBUS, KY., population 200, was once a bustling steamboat and rail center on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River. Against a backdrop of 120 ft. bluffs, the town was subject to flooding and of necessity, was moved by the Red Cross to the safety of those bluffs in 1927. Cairo, Ill. is 20 miles north and Clinton, the seat of Hickman County is located 10 miles inland on U.S. Hwy. 51. However, Columbus was county seat when Hickman County was established in 1821. For a short time the county comprised the entire Jackson Purchase area of Kentucky. Adjacent to Columbus, Columbus-Belmont State Park features the area's role in the Civil War with restored earthen fortifications and a state of the art museum (open summer 2003).