Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Although he refused to campaign for the office, King was elected to the Alabama Legislature in 1868 as a representative from Russell County and served with distinction for two terms. A contemporary
King’s achievements as a master builder are legendary, and include the spectacular circular stairway in the present Alabama State Capitol. However, he is best remembered as the builder of covered wooden bridges, six of which were located in Columbus: two at Fourteenth Street and three which spanned the river here at Dillingham Street. The brick wall visible above is a remnant of the foundation of one of these bridges. He also built the Mobile and Girard Railroad Bridge (1870), visible immediately downstream from this spot, and the Muscogee Railroad Bridge (1855), which crosses the river near the end of Sixteenth Street.
The first bridge that brought Godwin and King to this area was built on this site using Town Lattice trusses and was completed in 1833 at a cost of $14,000. In March 1841, as a result of the “Harrison Freshet,” the bridge floated down river for eight miles and was deposited intact in a cotton field on the Woolfolk Plantation. King was in charge of the crew that constructed the replacement bridge at a cost of $15,100. This bridge remained in use until it was burned by Confederate defenders on April 16, 1865 to prevent its capture by the Union forces approaching from the west. King was in charge again when the bridge was rebuilt a second time in 1867.
October 11, 1993
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Bridges & Viaducts • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Covered Bridges series list.
Location. 32° 27.812′ N, 84° 59.818′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is on Chattahoochee Riverwalk, on the left when traveling south. The marker is along the Chattahoochee Riverwalk directly under the modern Dillingham Bridge in Columbus, Georgia. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Columbus Steamboat Wharf (within shouting distance of this marker); Military Service Walk (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); River Commerce (about 500 feet away); Columbus Iron Works The Chattahoochee River (about 500 feet away); Confederates Set Fire To Lower Bridge (about 700 feet away in Alabama); POW ✯ MIA Monument (about 800 feet away in Alabama); Coweta and Northeastern Russell County: (about 800 feet away in Alabama). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 8, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on February 10, 2018, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 8, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 9, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.