Historic Markers Across Georgia

Textile and Banking Pioneer

Marker ID: GHM 106-21
Location: Hamilton Rd near 47th St, Columbus, GA.
County: Muscogee
Coordinates: N 32° 30.561    W 084° 58.189
  32.50935    -84.96981666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM8PZ6
Textile and Banking Pioneer  Marker  


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 and Phenix Mills, textile manufacturers. He was president of the company for a period and also served as 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 L. 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.

GHM 106-21 Georgia Historical Commission 1955


Textile and Banking Pioneer