Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Kirven's Department Store
From the very beginning Kirven's was more than just a store. People came by for the chilled watermelons to be eaten on the sidewalks and the charcoal filtered cistern that boasted the town's most refreshing water. Later, in the 1900s, shoppers would wander in to see Richard Kirven's rose bed or to add their names to the long lists for nylons and washing machines during the war. They shopped side by side with their dogs as they listened to the squawks of Madame LeQuinn's parrot across the street at the White Elephant Saloon. Many young men purchased their best girl's engagement ring from Kirven's. Customers could rest their weary feet and get a bite to eat in the Tea Room, a cozy restaurant within the store. Perhaps Kirven's biggest claim to fame was the elaborate Christmas windows with motorized winter scenes that captured the imagination of young and old alike.
In 1950 Kirven's expanded by building a four-story addition above its original store. Mindful of their customers, the construction was organized so that the store's normal business hours were never disrupted. In the 1980s the growing market drew larger department store chains to Columbus, making it more difficult for the smaller, family-owned
Location. 32° 28.084′ N, 84° 59.578′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is on Broadway north of 11th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Rebuilt location is now part of the Uptown Center of Columbus Bank & Trust. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1136 Broadway, Columbus GA 31901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City of Columbus (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ledger-Enquirer Newspapers (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trinity Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away); Oglethorpe House (about 400 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 500 feet away); First Black Public School (about 600 feet away); Columbian Lodge No. 7, Free & Accepted Masons Columbus, Georgia (about 700 feet away); Eagle & Phenix Mills (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
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