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

Textile and Banking Pioneer

 
 
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By David Seibert, May 1, 2011
1. Textile and Banking Pioneer Marker
Inscription. Site of the home of William H. Young (1807- 1894), a native of the State of New York who migrated to Georgia at the age of 17. Visiting the site of Columbus a year before the city was established, he made his way through the dense forest to the banks of the Chattahoochee River, watched the mass of wildly tumbling waters of the country’s furthest-South waterfalls, and envisioned a great textile industry for Columbus. He was the leading spirit in the organization, and building, on that site in 1851, of the Eagle Mill, predecessor of the Eagle & Phenix Mills, textile manufacturers. He was president of the company for a period and also served as its secretary-treasurer. During the War Between the States he served as Fiscal Agent for the Confederate States of America and equipped with his own funds a cavalry unit of which his son, Alfred I. Young, was captain. Mr. Young was one of the organizers of The Bank of Columbus, in 1856, and was its president. He was one of the organizers of The Georgia Home Insurance Company.
 
Erected 1955 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 106-21.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 30.561′ 
Textile and Banking Pioneer Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 1, 2011
2. Textile and Banking Pioneer Marker
N, 84° 58.189′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is on Hamilton Road 0 miles north of 47th Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus GA 31904, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Elmo (approx. 1.4 miles away); Secondary Industrial School (approx. 1.4 miles away); Camp Conrad (approx. 1.6 miles away); Leonard Spring (approx. 1.7 miles away); Eugene J. Bullard, 1895-1961 / World’s First Black Combat Aviator (approx. 1.7 miles away); “Wildwood” (approx. 1.9 miles away); Alma Woodsey Thomas (approx. 2 miles away); Colored Department of the City Hospital / Doctors and Nurses (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil
 
Textile and Banking Pioneer Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 1, 2011
3. Textile and Banking Pioneer Marker
Looking north on Hamilton Road
Textile and Banking Pioneer Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 1, 2011
4. Textile and Banking Pioneer Marker
Looking south on Hamilton Road, toward downtown Columbus
Textile and Banking Pioneer Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 1, 2011
5. Textile and Banking Pioneer Marker
Looking west from the marker at the site of the house
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 17, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 411 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 17, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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