Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Horace King (1807 - 1887)
Horace King moved to this region
with his master, John Godwin, who
secured the contract for the first
bridge across the river. King
supervised the building of this span
in 1833. Freed in 1846, King was a
successful contractor who erected
wooden grist and textile mills and
numerous bridges in three states.
King served in the Alabama
Legislature from 1869 through 1872.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Bridges & Viaducts • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1833.
Location. 32° 27.375′ N, 84° 59.699′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker can be reached from Front Avenue south of West 6th Street. Located between the railroad tracks and the Chattahoochee Riverwalk (below). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Front Avenue, Columbus GA 31901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (here, next to this marker); Thomas Greene Bethune Frontier Wars (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Boats (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Supply (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Columbus (within shouting distance of this marker); Soft Drinks (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mass - Produced Ice Machines (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
More about this marker. This plaque mentions "this span" referring to the Dillingham bridge, actually located more than half a mile north.
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Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on Horace King. (Submitted on February 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. New Georgia Encyclopedia article on Horace King. (Submitted on February 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2017. It was originally submitted on February 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.