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The Columbus Riverwalk is a 12 mile linear
park extending from Lake Oliver at the North
end, and Ft. Benning at the South.  Opened
in 1992, gaps in the walk are gradually being
filled in.  The Riverwalk is part of a sewer
overflow project, built on top of the new
sewer system.  When the Chattahoochee
floods, the Riverwalk disappears, so it was
constructed to handle such a 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.  
Though the dams are gone, the River remains, and the
downtown area is a tourist delight, largely
undiscovered.  Public art is increasing, along with
restaurants, boutiques and comfortable public places.  
Overlooking the river is a bronze sculpture by
H. Seward Johnson titled
"When Now
Becomes Then"
.  It causes a lot of double
takes. Though the location changes, it still
overlooks the River.  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.
The Dillingham Bridge is the oldest
of the bridges across the
Chattahoochee.  Looking North, one
can see the now defunct mill, now
developed into high style condos,
and the spillway which was
demolished to accommodate
whitewater rafting.
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 city's history.
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 entrance.  
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 well.
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
course.  
The Phenix City side of
the river is a favorite
fishing spot.
ALL PHOTOS by LOIS TRYON, Columbus, GA
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