The Columbus Rooftop Scenes are photos that were taken from building rooftops before aerial photography became common. This particular photograph and the other three photos in the series were taken from the roof of the Great Southern Hotel located on the southeast corner of High and Main Streets. The photo is from the Library of Congress, Detroit Publishing Co. Collection.
In the above photo the camera is looking northwest toward Franklinton.
Note the land rise in the distant horizon.
This accounts for the extensive use of helper locomotives in trains headed west, north and east from Columbus.
Also note the forest of smoke stacks, source of coal smoke that blanketed Columbus in the early Twentieth-Century.
In this 1911 map of Columbus the camera view is denoted by the blue lines.
A few landmarks are noted.
A closer look at the top left side of the photo.
A closer look at the top right side of the photo.