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    columbus museum

    by doug48 Updated May 23, 2012

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    the columbus museum has permanent exhibits on american and regional art. the columbus museum also hosts traveling exhibitions and has interesting collections of decorative art and some civil war relics. admission is free. see the attached web site for times and current exhibitions.

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    Callaway Gardens

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 5, 2011

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    This is a huge (14,000 acres)and famed garden that many flock to during the summer season. We got in there before the crowds take over. Prices are $18 for all sites, and well worth it, and seniors $15. Two days is $29.

    It is a driving tour, but you can walk the 8+ miles around, or take the trails of 1/2 mile to as much as 7 1/2 miles, or bike along the way. You get out in areas to walk to garden sites. The best is the horticultural center, which is very large and full of color. Azalea plants are the majority and some were still in bloom in May. One area has 3400 plants on 40 acres ground, and another 700 varieties. There also are beaches to enjoy the lake area. In addition there is a butterfly center with 1500 to view of variety of species.
    Primary purpose is to have people enjoy outdoors and color of plants, but they also have condos to sell and rent; as well as an inn to stay at, for the secondary mode of revenue for the gardens. Thge park is open daily at 10 til dusk.

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    Plains Georgia-Jimmy Carter home

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 5, 2011

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    This is a small podunk place that claims fame to Jimmy Carter, our President of past. Only 300 people live nearby, and probably 30-40 in town. It used to have a plethera of tourists when Jimmy was in vogue. No more, thankfully. He is not my favorite but in know it all.
    The town keeps alive probably with Government help for tourists to come by. There is a small museum in the old and closed school; hardly worth 15 minutes to see, and one restaurant and 5 room hotel. Jimmy's home is just out of town, but you cannot see it from the road, and security guards the area.

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    Providence Canyon

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 5, 2011

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    Just past Lumpkin (a really dead town-as in devasted and run down-even the courthouse has been closed for a long time and being "renovated"??), off Hwy 27 to Hwy 39C, this remote wilderness park is not utilized any longer, but you can walk the 7 mile trail to the bottom and back. I went down the first decline of the trail 1/2 way and turned around because at the bottom the overgrowth would make it impossible to get around. There are primitive camping allowed spots-and I mean primitive.

    The story behind the canyon; that is said to emulate the Grand Canyon, is that framers grew cotton on site for many years, but the soil was porous, and it ran down the streams and eventually the canyon was 150 feet deep. The farmers left some time before total erosion, but did stay until the depth was around 20 feet below the ground surface.

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    Andersonville Prison

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 5, 2011

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    This is a somber place to remember the tough times soldiers had-in this case Union while in prison. There were 40,000 sent here over a period of one year while the prison was open. They were moved from more northern prisons due to Union troops encroaching into the South. Of those that went through here, 13.000 died, mostly of diarrhea and bad water. Besides that, it was hot and no good shelter for cover. After 13 months, they were moved out to other places while the South was losing the war over time. There was only 26 1/2 acres of ground to hold usually 32,000 prisoners.
    Two small section of prison walls were rebuilt in 1970's to demonstrate the appearance of the area. There were actually two walls, with a dead man space in between that if entered, you would be killed. rof the deaths here were scant, and Clara BArton, later of Red Cross fame, came here to identify the buried soldiers and re-intern them to graves with markers. It took lover one year to do this.
    It is open 9-5 daily and the NPS operates, so the fee is park pass, or $6. A good museum is in the visitor center with a short film.

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    Chattahoochee River

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 4, 2011

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    This is a 430 miles river, and Columbus once was the mid section with vibrant trade down to the Gulf area. Now, due the dams blocking the flow, this once swift flowing river is a trickle. It is said that two dams close to Columbus are to be blown up soon, in order to better make recreation use of the current to kayak and canoe. Time will tell. Water levels are so low here, not even boats can venture, but maybe fishing is good? They have a 15 mile riverwalk for pleasure use and workout

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    Historic District Homes

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 4, 2011

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    Most of the homes in the districts, of which there are 5-6 areas, and form 1830 era to early 1900's. Most are still in good shape and standards by the city keeps them this way. My view is most al are very modest type and nothing elegant of the times.

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    National Civil War Naval Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 4, 2011

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    This is for sure one of the most unique museums to behold. It has two main ships that were dredged up from waters and preserved, as well as many other smaller pieces of ships and artifacts. The stern of CSS Jackson was found in Chattahoochee River and the 250 hull was pulled up out of the water. Columbus was a major port for the ships, and a number were built around there. The panorama of murals ans flags on the walls is fabulous, and there also is a replica of USS Monitor turret, and can walk through another replica of USS Hartford ship as it existed back in time.

    Any Civil War Buff, and military interested parties need to get here. It is possible that closing could happen due to lack of funds support from the city. CAll first.
    Admission is $6-and $ for seniors-me and is open daily 9-5.

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    Downtown Old Buildings

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 4, 2011

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    View of the main street-Broadway
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    The main strip of the old town section is 3-4 blocks and some side streets, but not many. The majority of the buildings are occupied by Columbus College, which has about 6500 students on campus downtown. the bricks of nearly all buildings had to be reworked due to crumbling of old brick. Interiors of most all buildings are gutted and redone of vacant. My guess is someone granted $100+ to renovate the devastated downtown, and it nearly is closed now.

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    Fort Benning

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 4, 2011

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    This is a large tactical fort that has the vast infantry training that specializes in airplane parachute school, and now also will hold tank training coming from Fort Knox. It has about 50,000 troops, and cycles through 3-4 rounds a year in training. Maybe not much to see for a tourist coming here, and should be a soldier of past to visit (it helps) but you get the feel for a fort layout.

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    National Infantry Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 4, 2011

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    This is a very large complex that recently opened to the public. It has the first level of theme stages/pictorals of battles fought by infantry in all wars/skirmishes. The lower level has topical layouts in large rooms of the different main times in which we were at war. These has many artifacts and a great description of the events and they progressed.
    Open Tues-Sat 9-5 and Sunday 11-5. Admission is free, and all citizens should show up here to know what sacrifice means to those that serve

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    National Infantry Museum

    by MatthewMetcalfe Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The National Infantry Museum on Ft. Benning houses a collection of infantry related artifacts and war trophies. This is a definate must see for any military history nut.

    Outside are various armored vehicles and artillery. Inside the museum is a multi-floor exhibit dedicated tot eh infantryman. Included in the museum are rare artifacts that you will not see anywhere else:

    An Engraved Shotgun of Saddam Hussein.
    Incredible WWII German trophies from Goering and others. A bust of Mussolini, and all sorts of infantry weapons used throughout the course of history.

    I cannot begin to describe all the interesting exhibits this museum has and best of all, admission is FREE.

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    national civil war naval museum

    by doug48 Updated Oct 26, 2010
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    the national civil war naval museum is a very interesting museum for those interested in civil war history. the museum has on display a number of both u.s. and confederate ships as well as civil war uniforms, flags, and other civil war relics. a very worth while place to visit when in the columbus area.

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    broadway ave.

    by doug48 Written Jul 4, 2009

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    broadway ave. runs through the heart of downtown columbus. broadway ave. is lined with restaurants, shops, and bars. broadway ave. is columbus' main night time entertainment area. a fun street to visit to eat and drink in downtown columbus.

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    eagle & phenix mills

    by doug48 Written Jul 4, 2009

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    eagle & phenix mills

    downtown columbus has scores of historic mills and warehouses. the eagle mill was built in 1851 and during the civil war produced cloth for uniforms, tents and rope for the confederacy. in 1865 union forces burned down the eagle mill. in 1866 eagle mill was rebuilt and renamed eagle & phenix mills. textile manufacturing continues in this historic building today.

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