City of Columbia City

The City of Columbia City is the seat of Whitley County. It’s located off major U.S. Highway 30 and is about 5.2 square miles. Other major highways in Columbia City include State Road 9, State Road 205 and State Road 109.  Columbia City is located between Fort Wayne, the second largest city in Indiana, and Warsaw, the orthopedic capital of the world. The location not only makes Columbia City a great place to do business, its rural offerings make it an attractive place to live and play.

Columbia City was founded in 1839 and had a population of only 350 people. After the completion of the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railroad, the community grew quickly and tripled its population by the late 1870s.

The scenic Blue River runs through the town and flows into the Eel River, a tributary of the Wabash. The Blue River Trail is a local attraction where many residents can run and bike. The trail begins at S. Whitley Street in Columbia City and runs to the YMCA and through Morsches Park, a 117 acre park with recreational activities available for all ages. Some of the park amenities and activities include: the splash pad, baseball, football, cheerleading and events such as the father-daughter dance, mother-son Halloween party and the annual Mishsihkinahkwa Powwow Native American festival.

Other events residents look forward to are the Whitley County 4H Fair, Columbia City Old Settler’s Festival and the Whitley County Farmer’s Market which takes place every Saturday on the Columbia City Courthouse Square from May through October.

Additional resources for more information on the city, amenities and upcoming events:

City of Columbia City

Columbia City Main Street Association

Whitley County Chamber of Commerce

Top 10 Largest Employers located in the City of Columbia City

(within jurisdictional boundaries, numbers as of April 2017).

  1. Whitley County Consolidated Schools – 450
  2. Wal-Mart – 275
  3. Parkview Whitley Hospital – 268
  4. Whitley County Government – 243
  5. Precision Plastics – 180
  6. Kroger – 122
  7. City of Columbia City – 90
  8. Impact CNC – 78
  9. C&R Plating – 70
  10. Kilgore Manufacturing – 70