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Freedom Is Not Free
This Military Service Walk began as a project in the 2013 Servant Leadership course in the Organizational Leadership Master's degree program at Columbus State University. This walk was created to honor and express appreciation…
Horace KingMaster Builder(1807-1887)Born a slave in Chesterfield District, S.C., Horace King came to Columbus in 1832 with his master, John Godwin, to construct the first bridge between Columbus and Girard, Alabama. After the completion of their c…
The Dam (1882) & Powerhouses (1899)The Chattahoochee thunders across the fall line, dropping 125 feet in two and one half miles and producing 99,000 horsepower of energy, the largest potential waterpower site in the South until 1900. Local entrepe…
Cotton WarehousesThe massive, brick cotton warehouses along Bay and Front Avenues were the heart of the Columbus economy for over a century. Cotton factors and commission merchants built their warehouses here on this bluff, high above the river, y…
The Fall LineYou are standing at the fall line that separates the higher and hilly Piedmont region from the relatively level Coastal Plain. Rivers flowing from the mountains toward the sea always experience a series of rapids or falls as they plun…
The Creek Indians and the Falls
To the native people of the Chattahoochee River Valley, the Muskogulgi or Creek Indians, these shoals were a place of recreation, a source of food, and the the home of the Tie Snake, Estakwanaya, a mythical creatur…
The second orchestra to be formed in America, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1855 by Herman Saroni, a German conductor and student of Mendelssohn, who was drawn to the city because it "had built for herself a reputation of culture.…
In memory of their comrades
who lost their lives
in a railroad wreck near Columbus, GA.
Nov. 22, 1915.
We'll not forget thee, we who stay
To work a little longer here.
Thy name, thy faith, thy love shall lie
On memory's t…
This wharf marks the head of
navigation on the river, before the
damming of the river. A series of
falls (about six hundred yards north
of this point) blocked the passage of
riverboats. The Georgia Legislature
established Columbus in 1…
Organized in 1853, this facility
produced steam engines for the
Confederate Navy before being burned
by Federal troops in April of 1865.
Functioning again by September of
the same year, the firm manufactured
cast and wrought iron goods…