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 writer referred to him as “the noblest work of God, an honest man.”
King’s achievements as a master builder are legendary, and include the spectacular circular stairway in the
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.
About 1872, King moved to LaGrange, Georgia, where he lived until his death on May 28, 1887. During his years in that city, he restored the LaGrange Female College, which had burned a few years earlier,
October 11, 1993
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. Touch for map. The marker is along the Chattahoochee Riverwalk directly under the modern Dillingham Bridge in Columbus, Georgia. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus GA 31901, United States of America.
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 (about 500 feet away); 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.
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