Columbus is a city located in Muscogee County, Georgia.
Columbus, Georgia has a rich history including the civil war, textile mills and more. Because of the city's location at the fall-line of the Chattahoochee River, Columbus became an early industrial center - the southernmost manufacturing city in America for probably half a century.
Located on the western edge
of Georgia on the banks of the Chattahoochee River
close to the border of Alabama, Columbus
is rich in culture, history and heritage. It is also a city with a spirit of
youthful vitality. Pictures taken on a vacation in Columbus will easily fill
several albums, and each will be a souvenir to treasure.
Columbus is a port at the
head of navigation on the Chattahoochee River, directly across the river from
Phenix City, Alabama, to which it is connected by bridges. The city is a
regional transportation, trade, cultural, and manufacturing hub. It has many
textile, food-processing, and metalworking industries and a sizable credit card
processing operation. Also important to the city's economy is adjacent Fort
Benning, a large United States Army Infantry post.
Local points of interest
include the Confederate Naval Museum, which features remains of two vessels from
the American Civil War (1861-1865) recovered during the 1960s; the Columbus
Museum; and the restored 1871 Springer Opera House. Heritage Corner, the
city's26 block historic district, includes several historically significant
antebellum houses, including the home once occupied by Dr. John S. Pemberton,
who produced the (still secret) formula for Coca-Cola syrup.
Columbus is a great place to get out and walk.
One of the most popular areas is the Chattahoochee Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is
a 15-mile linear park that hugs the banks of the Chattahoochee River and
stretches from Columbus to the National Infantry Museum in Fort Benning.
The trail is perfect for an afternoon of carefree
Through a tour of Heritage
Park, visitors can travel from the past to the future going from Historic
Columbus Foundation’s Heritage Corner to the Coca-Cola Space Science Center.
From 1850 until 1910, Columbus, Georgia, changed from a trading town to a
booming manufacturing city. Heritage Park is designed to recognize the
entrepreneurs and workers who harnessed the river and created industries that
laid the foundations for this modern city.
The outdoor sculptures and
historic elements of the park are representative of the textile, gristmill,
brick and foundry industries that shaped the area, as well as agriculture and
forest products, dams and bridges, river trade and travel, and Coca-Cola.
Spectacular Springer Opera
House is the State Theatre of Georgia and has been a leading Southern cultural
institution for 131 years. As you move from the gas lit street into the splendid
Edwardian Grand Lobby, you can easily imagine the 19th Century merchants,
tradesmen, farmers, steamboat passengers and patrons of the arts streaming into
the theatre through the same doors.
The Columbus Symphony
Orchestra, founded in 1855, was the third orchestra formed in the nation. The
CSO has long been considered one of the southeast's premier musical ensembles.
In 2002, the CSO became a tenant of the new River Center for the Performing
Arts. The Bill Heard Theatre seats 2,000 and provides a state-of-the-art visual
and acoustical experience.
Situated just a little over
100 miles southwest of Atlanta, the city is easily accessible via Interstate 185
from the north. Once there, most sites and attractions are easy to find. If
you happen to be fortunate enough to be visiting the first week in November, be
sure to take in Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens. Known as the "event of the
season", it brings family and friends together to watch thoroughbred horses race
over timber and brush hurdles. It’s a must see for any visitor.
The Greater Columbus Pig
Jig Cook off is an annual spring event of Riverfest Weekend (the principal
fundraiser for the preservation of local historic buildings). The Pig Jig
hosts eight barbecue contests throughout the weekend and also offers an
opportunity for the public to sample what is advertised as “ the best barbecue
in the Mid-Southern and Southeastern United States”.
The pig jig winner ( Grand
Champion) goes on to represent Columbus in the World Championship Barbecue
Contest held each May in Memphis, Tennessee which attracts over 90,000
spectators from around the world.
Whether you are visiting
this western Georgia city as part of the military, visiting friends and
relatives, or just passing through, there is something to occupy every minute of
“So much to do; so little
time”, the saying goes. This definitely applies to a visit to Columbus,
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