“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

John McIlhenny Home

John McIlhenny Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 25, 2009
1. John McIlhenny Home Marker
Inscription. John McIlhenny, Civil Engineer, City Council member, and Mayor of Columbus 1873-1874, lived in this house in the 1860ís. Mr. McIlhenny is recognized as the father of the Columbus public school system. Authorized by the Georgia Legislature in December 1866, Columbusí was the first city-supported school system in the state. Mr. McIlhenny was noted for his invention of the McIlhenny Gas Meter. In 1877, he moved to Philadelphia where his grandson, Henry P. McIlhenny, became a world-renowned art collector. In 1983 the Historic Columbus Foundation moved the house from 944 2nd Ave., to this location because it was threatened by demolition.
Erected 1985 by Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc.
Location. 32° 27.371′ N, 84° 59.586′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is on Broadway 0 miles south of 6th Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 524 Broadway, Columbus GA 31901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “The Folly” (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dedicated to the Veterans of 1898 to 1902 (about 500
John McIlhenny Home image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 25, 2009
2. John McIlhenny Home
feet away); William Bartram Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Pemberton House (approx. 0.2 miles away); 700 Broadway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Woodruff Farm House and Log Cabin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fourth Street Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Pembertonís Country Home (approx. ľ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
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