|Columbus Consolidated Government|
|Nickname(s): The Fountain City or The Lowell of the South|
|Motto: What Progress Has Preserved|
Location in Muscogee County and the state of Georgia
|Named for||Christopher Columbus|
|• Mayor||Teresa Tomlinson|
|• Total||220.8 sq mi (572 km2)|
|• Land||216.1 sq mi (592.1 km2)|
|• Water||4.7 sq mi (12.3 km2)|
|Elevation||243 ft (74 m)|
|• Estimate (2014)||200,887|
|• Rank||US: 110th|
|• Density||861.4/sq mi (332.6/km2)|
|• MSA||316,554 (US: 154th)|
|• CSA||501,649 (89th)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||31820, 31829, 31900-09, 31914, 31917, 31993-94, 31997-99|
|Area code(s)||706, 762|
|GNIS feature ID||0331158|
|Website||City of Columbus|
Columbus is a city in the U.S. state of Georgia and is the county seat of Muscogee County, with which it is consolidated. According to the 2013 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, Columbus has a population of 202,824 residents in the city and 316,554 in the Columbus-Phenix City metropolitan area. The metro area joins the nearby Alabama cities of Auburn and Opelika to form the Columbus-Auburn-Opelika Combined Statistical Area, which has an estimated population of 501,649. Situated at the heart of the Chattahoochee Valley, Columbus is Georgia's second-largest city and fourth-largest metropolitan area.
Columbus lies 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Atlanta. Fort Benning, a major employer, is located south of the city in Chattahoochee County. The city is home to museums and other tourism sites. The area is served by the Columbus Airport. The current mayor is Teresa Tomlinson, who was elected in November 2010.
In 2007, Best Life magazine ranked Columbus #4 on the Top 100 Places to Raise a Family. In 2013, Livability.com ranked Columbus #74 on the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America. In 2011, The Daily Beast ranked Columbus #1 on the list of the 30 Brokest Cities in America, which was disputed by the mayor who alleged that the ranking was due to a lawsuit that Columbus is involved in with Expedia, whose management teams share a good deal of overlap with the site. Security company Safemart rated Columbus the most dangerous city in 2013, while a  Gallup well-being poll, published in 2014 on Yahoo!, ranked the Columbus area as the seventh-most miserable city in the U.S. Columbus is the home of the largest urban whitewater course in the world.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Economy
- 5 Arts and culture
- 6 Sports
- 7 Parks and recreation
- 8 Law and Government
- 9 Education
- 10 Media and communications
- 11 Infrastructure
- 12 Notable people
- 13 Sister cities
- 14 See also
- 15 References
- 16 Sources
- 17 External links
Founded in 1828 by an act of the Georgia Legislature, Columbus was situated at the beginning of the navigable portion of the Chattahoochee River and on the last stretch of the Federal Road before entering Alabama. The city was named for Christopher Columbus, its founders likely influenced by the writings of Washington Irving. The plan for the city was drawn up by Dr. Edwin L. DeGraffenried, who placed the town on a bluff overlooking the river. Across the river, where Phenix City, Alabama is now located, Creek Indians lived until their removal in 1836.
The river served as Columbus's connection to the world, particularly connecting plantations with the international cotton market via New Orleans and ultimately Liverpool, England. The city's commercial importance increased in the 1850s with the arrival of the railroad. In addition, textile mills began springing up along the river, bringing industry to an area reliant upon agriculture. By 1860, the city was one of the more important industrial centers of the South, earning it the nickname "the Lowell of the South" in deference to the industrial textile mill town in Massachusetts which is also along a river.
Civil War and Reconstruction
When the Civil War broke out in 1861, the industries of Columbus expanded their production and Columbus became one of the most important centers of industry in the Confederacy. During the war, Columbus ranked second to Richmond in the manufacture of supplies for the Confederate army. In addition to textiles, the city had an ironworks, a sword factory, and a shipyard for the Confederate Navy.
Unaware of Lee's surrender to Grant and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Union and Confederates clashed in the Battle of Columbus, Georgia, on Easter Sunday, April 16, 1865, when a Union detachment under General James H. Wilson attacked the city and burned many of the industrial buildings. The inventor of Coca-Cola, Dr. John Stith Pemberton, was wounded in this battle. The owner of America's last slave ship, Col. Charles Augustus Lafayette Lamar, was also killed here. A historic marker has been erected in Columbus marking the battle by Wilson's troops as the "Last Land Battle in the War from 1861 to 1865."
Reconstruction began almost immediately and prosperity followed. Factories such as the Eagle and Phenix Mills were revived and the industrialization of the town led to rapid growth; the city outgrew its original plan. The Springer Opera House was built on 10th Street, attracting such notables as Oscar Wilde. The Springer is now the official State Theater of Georgia.
By the time of the Spanish American War, the city saw much modernization, including the addition of trolleys extending to outlying neighborhoods such as Rose Hill and Lakebottom, and a new water works. Mayor Lucius Chappell also brought a training camp for soldiers to the area. This training camp named Camp Benning would grow into present-day Fort Benning, named for General Henry L. Benning, a native of the city.
Confederate Memorial Day
In the spring of 1866 the Ladies Memorial Association of Columbus passed a resolution to set aside one day annually to memorialize the Confederate dead. The secretary of the association, Mrs. Charles J. (Mary Ann) Williams was directed to author a letter inviting the ladies of every Southern state to join them in the observance. The letter was written in March 1866 and was sent to all of the principal cities in the South, including Atlanta, Macon, Montgomery, Memphis, Richmond, St. Louis, Alexandria, Columbia, and New Orleans.
The date for the holiday was selected by Elizabeth "Lizzie" Rutherford Ellis. She chose April 26, the first anniversary of Confederate General Johnston's final surrender to Union General Sherman at Bennett Place, North Carolina. For many in the South, that act marked the official end of the Civil War.
In 1868, General John A. Logan, commander in chief of the Union Civil War Veterans Fraternity called the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), launched the Memorial Day holiday that is currently observed in the entire United States. According to General Logan's wife, he emulated the practices of Confederate Memorial Day. She wrote that Logan "said it was not too late for the Union men of the nation to follow the example of the people of the South in perpetuating the memory of their friends who had died for the cause they thought just and right."
With the expansion of the city, the need for a university saw the establishment of Columbus College, a two-year institution which would later grow into Columbus State University, now a comprehensive center of higher learning.
The city became consolidated in 1971 and became the first of its kind in Georgia (and one of only 16 in the U.S. at the time).
During the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, urban blight, white flight, and prostitution were serious problems in much of downtown Columbus and adjacent neighborhoods. Early efforts to halt the gradual deterioration of downtown began with the saving and restoration of the Springer Opera House in 1965. With the revitalization of the Springer and its subsequent designation as the State Theatre of Georgia, a historic preservation movement was sparked and various historic districts were established in and around downtown. Through the late 1960s and early 1970s, large neighborhoods were built to accompany the soldiers coming back from the Vietnam War and for over from Ft. Benning. These range from Wesley woods to Leesburg to Brittney and Willowbrook and the high end Sears woods and Windsor park. Large tracts of blighted areas were cleaned up and a modern Columbus Consolidated Government Center was constructed in the city center. A significant period of urban renewal and revitalization followed in the mid to late 1990s.
With these improvements, residents and businesses began moving back to formerly blighted areas. Examples of these municipal projects including the construction of a softball complex which hosted the 1996 Olympic softball competition, construction of the Chattahoochee RiverWalk along the Chattahoochee River, construction of the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus, construction of the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, the expansion of the Columbus Museum, and road improvements to include a new downtown bridge crossing the Chattahoochee River to Phenix City. During the late 1990s, commercial activity expanded north of downtown along the I-185 corridor.
During the 2000s, expansion and historic preservation continued throughout the city. An example of this is the revitalization of South Commons, an area which combines the 1996 Olympic softball competition complex, A. J. McClung Memorial Stadium, Golden Park, the Columbus Civic Center, and the recently added Jonathan Hatcher Skateboard Park into a single complex area. Another addition to the city is the National Infantry Museum in South Columbus, located just outside the Fort Benning main gate.
Columbus has also established itself as a center for the fine and performing arts. RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, which opened in 2002, houses Columbus State University's music department. In 2002 Columbus State's art and drama departments moved to downtown locations. Such initiatives have provided Columbus with a cultural niche and with vibrant and modern architecture mixed among older brick facades.
The "Ready to Raft 2012" campaign is a project that will create 700 new jobs and is estimated to bring in $42 million annually to the Columbus area. The project will result in the longest urban whitewater rafting venue in the world, scheduled for completion in 2012. This, in addition to other outdoor and non-outdoor tourist attractions, led to around 1.8 million visitors coming to Columbus during the fiscal year 2015, according to the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau.
In upcoming years, it is predicted that there will be an additional 30,000 soldiers trained at Fort Benning each year due to base realignment and closure. As a result of this, Columbus is expected to see a major population increase.
Columbus is one of Georgia's three Fall Line Cities, along with Augusta and Macon. The fall line is where the hilly lands of the Piedmont plateau meet the flat terrain of the coastal plain. As such, Columbus has a varied landscape of rolling hills on the north side and flat plains on the south. The fall line causes rivers in the area to decline rapidly towards sea level, making it a good location for textile mills in the past. The Chattahoochee is the major river that runs through Columbus.
Interstate 185 runs east of the city and is the major thoroughfare through the city, with access from exits 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, and 14 to the city. Interstate 185 runs north 96 mi (154 km) to Atlanta. U.S. Route 27, U.S. Route 280, and Georgia State Route 520 (known as South Georgia Parkway) all meet in the interior of the city. U.S. Route 80 runs north of the city, locally known as J.R. Allen Parkway; Alternate U.S. Route 27 and Georgia State Route 85 run northeast from the city, locally known as Bill Heard Expressway.
The city is located at .
According to the US Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 221.0 square miles (572 km2), of which, 216.3 square miles (560 km2) of it is land and 4.7 square miles (12 km2) of it (2.14%) is water.
Columbus has a humid subtropical climate according to the Köppen climate classification system. Daytime summer temperatures often reaches a high in the mid 90s, and low temperatures in the winter average in the upper 30s. Columbus is often considered a dividing line or "natural snowline" of the southeastern United States with areas north of the city receiving snowfall annually, with areas to the south typically not receiving snowfall every year or at all. Columbus is within USDA hardiness zone 8b in the city center and zone 8a in the suburbs.
|Climate data for Columbus, Georgia|
|Record high °F (°C)||83
|Average high °F (°C)||57.5
|Average low °F (°C)||36.8
|Record low °F (°C)||−2
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||3.85
|Average snowfall inches (cm)||0.2
|Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in)||10.0||8.6||8.9||7.6||7.6||10.0||11.7||10.7||7.1||6.5||7.8||9.2||105.6|
|Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in)||0.2||0||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.1||0.4|
|Source: NOAA (normals 1981−2010), Weather Channel (record highs and lows)|
- Downtown, also called "Uptown", is the city's central business district, and home to many historic districts, homes, and churches, such as the Columbus Historic Riverfront Industrial District, the Mott House, and the Church of the Holy Family. It is considered by some to be the area bounded on the north by Talbotton Road, on the south by 30th Avenue, on the west by Front Avenue the Chattahoochee River, and on the east by Brown Avenue.
- East Columbus is the largest of the five areas. It is home to Bull Creek Golf Course, the largest of seven golf courses in the city. The area is roughly bounded by Macon Road to the north, Buena Vista Road to the south, Schatulga Road and Fort Benning to the east, and I-185 to the west.
- MidTown is a residential and commercial area. It is home to two major shopping areas: Peachtree Mall, an indoor shopping mall opened in 1975; and The Landings, an outdoor strip mall that opened in 2005. MidTown is also home to the majority of bars and nightclubs in the Columbus area. It is bounded roughly by I-185 to the east, J.R. Allen Parkway to the north, River Road to the west and Wynnton Road to the south.
- North Columbus is a diverse suburban area of the city that is home to established neighborhoods and newly built subdivisions. It is home to very upscale areas such as Green Island Hills. It is also home to Columbus Park Crossing, a major outdoor strip mall. It is bounded roughly by Moore Road to the north, Manchester Expressway to the south, Moon Road to the east, and J.R Allen Parkway to the west.
- South Columbus is situated just below MidTown. It is home to the National Infantry Museum, a museum that honors the history of infantry forces in the U.S. Army. The South Columbus area has a noticeably higher military population than other areas, most likely because it is located just above the United States Army post Fort Benning.
Surrounding cities and towns
The Columbus Metropolitan Area includes four counties in Georgia, and two in Alabama. A 2008 Census estimate showed 287,653 in the metro area, with 442,953 in the combined statistical area. Below are the cities in the Columbus CSA:
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 U.S. Census, Columbus had a total population of 189,885, up from 186,291 in the 2000 Census. The 2010 Census reported 189,885 people, 72,124 households, and 47,686 families residing in the city. The population density was 861.4 people per square mile (332.6/km2). There were 82,690 housing units at an average density of 352.3 per square mile (136.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 46.3% White, 45.5% African American, 2.2% Asian, 0.2% Native American, 0.14% Pacific Islander, and 1.90% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.4% of the population.
There were 69,819 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 19.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.08.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $41,331, and the 2000 median income for a family was 41,244. Males had a median income of $30,238 versus $24,336 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,514. About 12.8% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.0% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.
Columbus contains approximately 200 Christian churches, with the Southern Baptist Convention being the largest denomination by number of churches. Columbus is also home to three Kingdom Halls for Jehovah's Witnesses, along with three mosques, two synagogues, and a Hindu temple.
|#||Name||Height in feet||Stories||Year completed|
|1||Columbus Consolidated Government Center||235||13|
|3||The Ralston Addition||12|
|5||The Ralston Addition||110||10||1919|
|6||The Ralston Addition||9||1941|
|8||Columbus Regional Hospital||9|
According to Columbus's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|2||Muscogee County School District||6,200|
|5||Columbus-Muscogee County Consolidated Government||2,933|
|6||Columbus Regional Healthcare System||2,700|
|7||Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia||1,540|
|9||St. Francis Hospital||1,470|
Arts and culture
Points of interest
- Founded in 1953, the Columbus Museum (accredited by the American Alliance of Museums) contains artifacts on both American art and regional history, displayed in both its permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions.
- Columbus is home to the National Civil War Naval Museum, a 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) facility that opened in 1962 and features two original American Civil War military vessels, uniforms, equipment and weapons used by the Union and Confederate navies.
- The Coca-Cola Space Science Center opened in 1996 for the purpose of public education in science, physics, and astronomy. It includes four flight simulators and a planetarium.
- The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center opened in June 2009 and honors the service of Infantry forces in the United States Army. The museum includes displays related to the history of the Infantry from the founding of the nation to the present. It also has its own IMAX theatre.
Columbus is served by one major indoor shopping mall, Peachtree Mall, which is anchored by major department stores Dillard's, Macy's, and J.C. Penney. The total retail floor area is 821,000 square feet (76,300 m2). Major strip malls include Columbus Park Crossing, which opened in 2003, and The Landings, which opened in 2005. Columbus is also served by The Shoppes at Bradley Park, a lifestyle center.
MidTown contains two of the city's early suburban shopping centers (the Village on 13th and St. Elmo), both recently renovated and offering local shops, restaurants, and services.
Below is the list of major venues in the city of Columbus:
- A. J. McClung Memorial Stadium, a football stadium. It was the site of the football games between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers (the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) from 1916 to 1958. It became the home of college football's Pioneer Bowl in December 2010, and hosts annual rivalry games between Tuskegee University and Morehouse College as well as between Albany State University and Fort Valley State University.
- The Bradley Theater, a performance theatre that opened in mid-1940 by Paramount Pictures.
- Columbus Civic Center, a 10,000-seat multi-purpose arena that opened in 1996 and is home to the Columbus Cottonmouths (SPHL) and the Columbus Lions (PIFL). It is also the primary arena used for concert events in Columbus.
- Golden Park, a 5,000 seat baseball stadium, is the former home to the Columbus Catfish. It was also the site of the softball events of the 1996 Summer Olympics that were held in the city of Columbus. It opened in 1926, making it the oldest baseball park in the city.
- RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, a 2,000-seat modern performance theatre that first opened in 2002 and is operated by the Columbus not-for-profit organization RiverCenter Inc. The theatre is commonly frequently used for local events, and occasionally used for nationally recognized performances.
- Springer Opera House, a historic live performance theater located in Downtown that opened in early 1871. Former United States President Jimmy Carter proclaimed it the State Theatre of Georgia for the 1971-72 season. The legislature made the designation permanent in 1992.
Columbus is home to 8 historic districts, all listed in the NRHP. They are as follows:
- Bibb City Historic District
- Columbus Historic District
- Columbus Historic Riverfront Industrial District
- Dinglewood Historic District
- Peacock Woods-Dimon Circle Historic District
- Weracoba-St. Elmo Historic District
- Wynn's Hill-Overlook-Oak Circle Historic District
- Wynnton Village Historic District
Parks and recreation
Columbus is home to upwards of fifty parks, four recreation centers, four senior centers and parks, and Standing Boy Creek State Park, a 1,579 acres (6.39 km2) Georgia state park created by the executive order issued by then-Governor Sonny Perdue on January 21, 2004. It offers swimming, boating (on Lake Oliver), camping, hiking, and hunting.
- The Chattahoochee RiverWalk is a 15-mile (24 km) long bike trail that connects users from Downtown to South Columbus and the northern section of Fort Benning.
- The Columbus Fall Line Trace is a fitness trail that runs from Downtown to the northeastern section of the city. The Black Heritage Trail is a Certified National Recreation Trail walking/biking trail of local and national historical significance.
Columbus is home to the following seven golf courses.
- Bull Creek Golf Course
- Country Club of Columbus
- Follow Me Golf Course (partially; most of the course is located within Fort Benning)
- Godwin Creek Golf Course
- Green Island Country Club
- Maple Ridge Golf Club
- Oxbow Creek Golf Course
Law and Government
- Jerry Barnes (District 1)
- Glenn Davis (District 2)
- Bruce Huff (District 3)
- Evelyn Turner-Pugh (District 4)
- Mike Baker (District 5)
- R. Gary Allen (District 6)
- Evelyn Woodson (District 7)
- C. E. McDaniel (District 8)
- Judy Thomas (District 9)
- Berry "Skip" Henderson (District 10)
- Julia Slater
- John Darr (2008)
- Lula Huff
Clerk of Court
- Linda Pierce
|Crime rates (2013)|
|Total Violent crime:||1,022|
|Motor vehicle theft:||1,108|
|Total Property crime:||12,475|
* Number of reported crimes per 100,000 population.
2013 population: 201,165
|Source: 2013 FBI UCR Data|
For 2012, Columbus had an overall crime rate of 441.9 per 100,000 residents; this exceeds the national average of 301.1 crimes per 100,000 people by over 75%.
The rate for violent crimes was 620.8 per 100,000, compared to the national average of 301.1 per 100,000; murders and robberies exceeded the national average, while rapes and aggravated assaults were below the national average. Property-crime rates, such as burglaries, larceny and motor vehicle thefts, significantly exceeded the national average (7,229.8 in Columbus, compared to the national average of 3,906.1).
Primary and secondary education
The Muscogee County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of thirty-five elementary schools, twelve middle schools, and nine high schools. The district has 2,068 full-time teachers and over 32,944 students.
Columbus is served by four branches of the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries:
- Columbus Public Library
- Mildred L. Terry Public Library
- North Columbus Public Library
- South Columbus Public Library
- Columbus State University
- Columbus Technical College
- Georgia Military College - main campus in Milledgeville, Georgia
- Troy University - main campus in Troy, Alabama
Private, for profit
- Christian Life School of Theology
- Miller-Motte Technical College - main campus in Wilmington, North Carolina
- Rivertown School of Beauty
- Southeastern Beauty School
- Strayer University - main campus in Baltimore, Maryland
- University of Phoenix - main campus in Phoenix, Arizona
- Virginia College - main campus in Birmingham, Alabama
Media and communications
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Columbus is served by the Columbus, Georgia Designated Market Area (DMA). Charter Communications, Comcast, Knology, and Mediacom provide cable television service. DirecTV and Dish Network provide direct broadcast satellite television to area residents, including both local and national channels.
- The Ledger-Enquirer, the only daily newspaper in Columbus.
- The Columbus Times, a weekly publication featuring African-American perspectives of current events.
- The Bayonet, a weekly publication of news and events in Fort Benning and south Columbus.
- The Courier and Eco Latino, a biweekly tabloid combining news and opinion about African-American issues with the city's only Spanish-language newspaper.
- Playgrounds Magazine, a monthly entertainment and arts magazine.
- The Saber, the Columbus State University campus newspaper.
- Tid Bits, a weekly publication featuring news throughout the southeast.
- To Do, a weekly publication featuring current events.
- Columbus and the Valley magazine, a bimonthly business and lifestyle magazine about the Chattahoochee Valley.
- Valley Parent magazine, a local monthly parenting magazine.
- WJSP 88.1 (Public radio)
- WCUG 88.5 (Contemporary Christian)
- WELL 88.7 (Contemporary Christian)
- WYFK 89.5 (Religious)
- WFRC 90.5 (Christian)
- WEGL 91.1 (Variety)
- WTJB 91.7 (Classical)
- WKZJ 92.7 (Urban adult contemporary)
- WVFJ 93.3 (Contemporary Christian)
- WQSI 93.9 (Talk)
- WRLD 95.3 (Classic hits)
- WIOL 95.7 (Sports)
- WTGZ 95.9 (Modern rock)
- WBUE 96.1 (Contemporary Christian)
- WMXA 96.7 (Adult contemporary)
- WURY 97.1 (Religious)
- WKKR 97.7 (Country)
- WBFA 98.3 (Urban)
- WKCN 99.3 (Country)
- WQNR 99.9 (Variety hits)
- WGSY 100.1 (Adult contemporary)
- WEAM 100.7 (Gospel)
- WAGH 101.3 (Urban adult contemporary)
- WVRK 102.9 (Mainstream rock)
- WFXE 104.9 (Mainstream urban)
- WCGQ 107.3 (Adult contemporary)
- WRBL 3, Media General, Inc (CBS)
- W06BH 6, (Religious)
- WTVM 9, Raycom Media (ABC)
- 9.2 WTVM-DT2 (AccuWeather)
- WWCG 11, White Springs Media (WSTV)
- WYBU 16, Christian Television Network (CTN)
- WACS 25, Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission (GPB, PBS)
- WJSP 28, Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission (GPB, PBS)
- WLTZ 38, SagamoreHill Broadcasting (NBC)
- WGIQ 43, Alabama Public Television (PBS, APT)
- WXTX 54, Southeastern Media Holdings (Fox, myNetworkTV)
- 54.2 WXTX-DT2 (This TV)
- WLGA 66, Pappas Telecasting Companies (Antenna TV)
The following are public general aviation airports that operate in the metropolitan area:
- The Columbus Metropolitan Airport (IATA: CSG, ICAO: KCSG, FAA LID: CSG) is the metro area's primary airport and the fourth busiest airport in Georgia. It is located just off of I-185 exit 8. It is served by ExpressJet Airlines' Delta Connection service which offers several daily flights to Atlanta.
The following are private general aviation airports that operate in the metropolitan area:
- Harris County Airport (IATA: PIM, ICAO: KPIM, FAA LID: PIM), located in Pine Mountain, Georgia.
- Jones Light Aviation Airport, located in Smiths Station, Alabama
- Marion County Airport, located in Buena Vista, Georgia.
The following is a military aviation airport that operates in the metropolitan area:
Georgia state routes
METRA Transit System is the primary provider of mass transportation in Muscogee County, currently operating nine routes in Columbus. The current public transportation services are operated as a function of the Columbus Consolidated Government under METRA.
- Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service
- Columbus Regional Hospital
- Columbus Specialty Hospital
- Doctors Hospital
- Hughston Orthopedic Hospital
- Martin Army Community Hospital
- St. Francis Hospital
- Veterans Affairs Columbus Clinic
- West Central Georgia Regional Hospital
- John B. Amos Cancer Center
- Downtown Columbus
- MidTown Columbus
- List of neighborhoods in Columbus, Georgia
- List of mayors of Columbus, Georgia
- List of schools in Muscogee County, Georgia
- Metro Columbus
- Black Heritage Trail (Columbus, Georgia) – a National Recreation Trail going though the city
- Further Reading
- Our Town: An Introduction to the History of Columbus, Georgia by Roger Harris, 1992, Historic Columbus Foundation
- Columbus, Georgia (Black America Series) by Judith Grant, 1999, Arcadia Publishing
- Columbus Celebrates The Millennium: An International Quest (The American Enterprise Series) by Pamela Baker and Delane Chappell, 1999, Community Communications Inc.
- Yankee Blitzkrieg: Wilson's Raid Through Alabama and Georgia by James Pickett Jones, 2000, University Press of Kentucky
- Columbus, Georgia in Vintage Postcards (GA) (Postcard History Series) by Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr., 2001, Arcadia Publishing
- Historic Linwood Cemetery (Images of America: Georgia) by Linda J. Kennedy, 2004, Arcadia Publishing
- Hell's Broke Loose in Georgia: Survival in a Civil War Regiment by Scott Walker, 2007, University of Georgia Press
- Lower Chattahoochee River (GA) (Images of America) by The Columbus Museum, 2007, Arcadia Publishing
- Columbus, Georgia, 1865: The Last True Battle of the Civil War, by Charles A. Misulia, 2010, University of Alabama Press
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Today.com Best Places To Live 2007
- 100-Best Places to Live Retrieved 2009-08-06
- Ledger-Enquirer: Columbus appears on list of top 100 best places to live
- Daily Beast: The 30 Brokest Cities in America
- Ledger-Enquirer: Website ranks Columbus as 'brokest city in America'
- SafeMart.com rates Columbus the most dangerous city in America
- USA Today: Gallup ranks best and worst cities for well-being
- Ledger-Enquirer: Recent study names Columbus the 7th most miserable city in U.S.
- Yahoo!: America's most miserable cities
- Encyclopaedia Britannica. vol. VI. New York. 1911. p. 746.
- History of Confederate Memorial Day
- New Georgia Encyclopedia, Rutherford, originator of Confederate Memorial Day
- Mrs. John A. Logan, Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife, p. 246.
- . Retrieved 2011-22-11.
- Base Realignment And Closure. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
- Average weather for Columbus Weather Channel Retrieved 2012-08-21
- All neighborhood info and names taken from Google Maps.
- Columbus golf info, Retrieved September 2009
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved June 3, 2014.
- Churches in Columbus Retrieved August 29, 2009
- "All buildings | Buildings". Emporis. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
- "Muscogee County Courthouse | Buildings". Columbus /: Emporis. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
- City of Columbus CAFR
- http://www.ccssc.org/ Description
- Georgia Secretary of State - State Theatre, sos.state.ga.us; retrieved February 2007 (from Springer Opera House).
- Columbus "Rails to Trails" Project gets its new name at WTVM.com. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
- Trail map. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
- Columbus, Georgia Golf Courses. Retrieved 2011-07-10.
- Columbus City Council. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
- Office of the District Attorney for Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
- Muscogee County Sheriff's Office. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
- Columbus Consolidated Government City Phone Directory. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
- Office of the Clerk of Superior, State and Juvenile Courts of Muscogee County. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
- "Crime rate in Columbus, Georgia (GA):". City-Data. June 3, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
- List of schools in Columbus, Retrieved Sept. 2009.
- Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 24, 2010.
- School Stats, Retrieved June 24, 2010.
- Official website
- METRA History
- Columbus Greyhound station
- Columbus Airport Shuttle Service
- Groome Transportation
- Sister City Relationships
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- Official Homepage
- Columbus Georgia Consolidated Government
- Columbus (entry in the New Georgia Encyclopedia)
- "Columbus, a city and the county-seat of Muscogee county, Georgia, U.S.A.". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). 1911.
- "Columbus. A city and county-seat of Muscogee County, Georgia". New International Encyclopedia. 1905.
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