Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
“Columbus Stockade Blues”
Wanna be back in Tennessee,
Way down in Columbus Stockade,
Friends have turned their back on me.”
The “Columbus Stockade Blues” by Thomas Darby and Jimmie Tarlton, was written and recorded in 1927. Many famous artists have since played the song in band, jazz, blue grass, country, and blues arrangements. These two brick buildings served as jail and police headquarters from the 1850’s to 1906. Then the buildings were joined and appear today much as they did when the song was written. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Erected 1985 by Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Historic Columbus Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1927.
Location. 32° 27.879′ N, 84° 59.027′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is at the intersection of 10st Street and Seventh Avenue, on the right Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 10th Street, 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. St. James AME Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ninth Street Branch YMCA (about 800 feet away); Friendship Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); First African Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Temple Israel (approx. ¼ mile away); Holsey Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. ¼ mile away); “Ma" Rainey Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Philip Trammell Shutze (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Regarding “Columbus Stockade Blues”. One version of the complete text is:
Way down in Columbus, Georgia
I want to be back in Tennessee
Way down in Columbus Stockade
Friends have turned their back on me.
Go and leave me if you wish to
Never let me cross your mind
If in your heart you love another
Leave me darling, I don't mind.
Last night as I lay sleeping
I dreamt I held you in my arms
When I awoke I was mistaken
I was peeking through the bars.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 9, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,539 times since then and 162 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 3, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.