|An artists eye's view of
|The Columbus Riverwalk is a 12 mile linear
park, extending from Lake Oliver in the North ,
and Fort Benning in the South. Opened in
1992, it has served as a path for walkers, bikers,
skaters and many who just come to sit. Though
there are still "gaps" in the construction, they are
being filled in. The Riverwalk is part of a sewer
overflow project, build on top of the new sewer
system. When the Chattahoochee floods, the
Riverwalk disappears. It was constructed to
handle this situation.
|It is impossible to tell the story of Columbus in only a few
photographs, but the ones shown here should whet the
appetite enough to stimulate further exploration. They are
scenes that should appeal to artists, and ,most are located
near the site of Arts on the River - the SHOW. A dedicated
group of individuals is working hard to increase the amount
of public art in the city; downtown is being turned into a
pedestrian friendly entertainment area, including a
sculpture walk. 35 miles north is Callaway Gardens, 50
miles south is Andersonville, Westville, and Providence
Canyon. The Visitors' Bureau at 9th and Front Streets has
all the information on area attractions.
|The Dillingham Bridge is the oldest of the
bridges across the Chattahoochee. Looking
North, one can see the now defunct mill, Which
has been converted to loft condos, and the
spillway on the River.
|Overlooking the river is a bronze sculpture by H.
Seward Johnson titled "When Now Becomes
Then" . It causes a lot of double-takes. Though
its location has changed, it still overlooks the
Chattahoochee. In spite of having been
vandalized many times, the girl can still be seen
sketching the river as it was before the arrival of
the white settlers.
|Site of a former Grist Mill on the Alabama side
shows only the foundations remaining. Access to
the Phenix City Riverwalk is via the 14th Street
pedestrian bridge or the Dillingham Bridge.
|Further south, the Riverwalk Amphitheatre and
nearby gazebo overlook the river. At the far end
of the Promenade proper is Founders' Park, at
the bottom of 5th Street. Area residents have put
more than a few hours maintaining and planting
the park. Plaques mark notable persons in the
|From the Dillingham Bridge the
southern view shows John B.
Amos Plaza with its statue of
Christopher Columbus in the
four phases of his life. A bronze
bust of AFLAC founder John
Amos is near the plaza
|Now part of the TSYS river
campus, the Mott House and the
old facade from the former
Carnegie Library mark a plaza
that recognizes the contribution of
mills to the city. A 3 story
Antebellum structure, it was owned
by a Union General, who made it
known as the only house in the city
that never left the Union.
|The historic City Mills, north of the Mott
House, is an endangered structure, as is its
dam. A part of it has already been
"inadvertently" demolished, and all the
dams in the area are planned to be razed to
open the river to white water kayaking.
|From a low river level on the Alabama side, the
Columbus Government Center stands out.
|At the Northern end of the Riverwalk is
Lake Oliver, where boats and jet skis
abound. Many a sunset has been enjoyed
here at the Marina. A renovation and new
facility are currently being built.
|Fishermen can always be found on the docks of the
Lake Oliver Marina. Sunsets are at their best
during the winter months, but there is a year 'round
display. There are also places for picnicking as
|Many waterfowl winter at Lake Oliver, to the
delight of children of all ages.
|NOTE: The Riverwalk photos were done
before the opening of the Whitewater