Dubbed the “Athens of the Prairie” for its array of stunning modern architecture, Columbus, Indiana, nevertheless has endured its share of unsavory citizens, crime-ridden neighborhoods and other tales of woe.
Many residents avoided the infamous slums of Smoky Row and Death Valley, while others gave in to the allure of illegal booze or Lilian “Todie” Tull’s famed house of ill repute on North Jackson Street.
Two different sets of father-and-son hoodlum partnerships terrorized the area in the 1800s. And a brutal fistfight between the oldest newspaper editor in the state and the youngest mayor in the state sullied the city’s name in 1877.
Author Paul J. Hoffman guides readers on a wild ride through the city’s salacious side.