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

River Commerce

 
 
River Commerce Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
1. River Commerce Marker
Inscription.
This wharf marks the head of
navigation on the river, before the
damming of the river. A series of
falls (about six hundred yards north
of this point) blocked the passage of
riverboats. The Georgia Legislature
established Columbus in 1828
specifically as a "trading town" to
capitalize on the river's commercial
potential. Until railroads reached
the area in the 1850s, the
Chattahoochee served as the major
artery in moving cotton from this
region to world markets.

 
Erected 1983.
 
Location. 32° 27.726′ N, 84° 59.801′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker can be reached from Bay Avenue south of West 9th Street. Touch for map. Located on the Chattahoochee Riverwalk behind the Columbus Convention & Trade Center (former location of the Columbus Iron Works). Marker is at or near this postal address: Bay Avenue, Columbus GA 31901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Columbus Iron Works (here, next to this marker); The Chattahoochee River (here, next to this marker); Columbus Steamboat Wharf (about 500 feet away,
River Commerce Marker on the right side. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
2. River Commerce Marker on the right side.
measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Columbus Iron Works (about 500 feet away); Empire Mills (about 700 feet away); Garrett and Sons / Cargill-Wright Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lummus Cotton Gins (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederates Set Fire To Lower Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away in Alabama). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
Also see . . .  The Chattahoochee: A River of History. (Submitted on February 23, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
River Commerce plaque on stone. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
3. River Commerce plaque on stone.
Chattahoochee River falls north of marker, viewed from Alabama side. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
4. Chattahoochee River falls north of marker, viewed from Alabama side.
The longest urban whitewater rafting area in the world.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 23, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 284 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 23, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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