The other thing I thought about Columbus was that it is one of the those small towns in Wisconsin where about 40% of downtown businesses are taverns, all of which were open on this early Lord's Day afternoon. Another 40% of the businesses are antique shops, none of which were open.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Farmers and Merchants Union Bank
It was another grand day, sunny and a very warm 79 degrees (26.1 C) by mid-afternoon. We took a drive out into the country and wound up in Columbus. When I worked for hospice, I used to visit people there. We got out and walked around downtown -- a short walk of only a few blocks -- stopping to see the Farmers and Merchants Union Bank. The building was designed by Louis Sullivan, one of his so-called "Jewel Box" banks. Sullivan is known as the Father of the Skyscraper, and the bank's ornamentation looks a bit funny to me, like it had been intended for a larger building than the one it got. The 2009 Johnny Depp movie, Public Enemies, shot some scenes in Columbus, including a robbery at the bank.