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Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Fort Benning

 
 
Fort Benning Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
1. Fort Benning Marker
Inscription.  
Camp Benning began on Macon Road in
1918 as a temporary World War I
encampment. The present fort was
created in 1922 and was named in
honor of Columbus lawyer, legislator,
jurist, and Confederate Major General
Henry L. Benning. The fort has grown
to nearly 200,000 acres and is the
world's largest infantry training
center. The history of the fort and
the infantry branch is chronicled
on the post at the National
Infantry Museum.

 
Erected 1983.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesMilitaryWar, US CivilWar, World I. A significant historical year for this entry is 1918.
 
Location. 32° 27.447′ N, 84° 59.719′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker can be reached from Front Avenue north 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
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marker. Early Industrial Center (here, next to this marker); Mass - Produced Ice Machines (here, next to this marker); Soft Drinks (here, next to this marker); Industrial District (a few steps from this marker); Carson McCullers (1917 - 1967) (within shouting distance of this marker); Nunnally Johnson (1897-1977) (within shouting distance of this marker); Augusta Jane Evans (1835-1909) (within shouting distance of this marker); Prize-Winning Newspapers (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
Also see . . .  Georgia Encyclopedia article on history of Fort Benning. (Submitted on February 21, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Fort Benning Marker is on far side of gazebo. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
2. Fort Benning Marker is on far side of gazebo.
Fort Benning Marker and stone. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
3. Fort Benning Marker and stone.
Portrait of Gen. Henry Lewis Benning by B. Egeli. image. Click for full size.
Copyright (CC BY-SA 4.0) by Sgbradley
4. Portrait of Gen. Henry Lewis Benning by B. Egeli.
Owned by the University of Georgia School of Law.
The Fort Benning Gateway at Interstate 185 and Victory Road image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, December 23, 2017
5. The Fort Benning Gateway at Interstate 185 and Victory Road
This gateway was inaugurated on October 13, 2011.
A "Welcome to Fort Benning" entrance sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By John D. Helms, US Army, March 1, 2016
6. A "Welcome to Fort Benning" entrance sign
As the marker mentions, the base is huge and there are many of these signs that mark an entrance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 613 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 21, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   5. submitted on December 24, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.   6. submitted on May 22, 2020, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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