This view of downtown Columbus was taken about 1882 from the Ohio Statehouse dome, looking east across Third Street.
The homes in the foreground were on the location that would later become The Columbus Dispatch building (the one that still includes the neon orange "Dispatch" sign).
The image was viewed with a stereoscope, a fixture in the parlors of many homes that displayed double-image, 3D view cards.
The device had a tin hood and a slide for cards mounted on a wooden base. People bought cards to view as they now buy postcards.
Stereoscopes were the entertainment of the times in terms of popularity and excitement -- much like sharing images via social-media apps today.