Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
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
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. Touch for map. Located between the railroad tracks and the Chattahoochee Riverwalk (below). Marker is at or near this postal address: Front Avenue, Columbus GA 31901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this 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.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Military • War, US Civil • War, World I •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 21, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 261 times since then and 10 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 Querétaro, Mexico.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of "Welcome to Fort Benning" entrance sign. • Can you help?