Historic Markers Across Georgia

River Commerce

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Location: On "The River Walk" next to the Chattahoochee River at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center, Columbus, GA.
County: Muscogee
Coordinates: N 32° 27.727    W 084° 59.801
  32.46211666    -84.99668333
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WM819M
River Commerce Marker  


This wharf marks the head of navigation on the river. Before the damming of the river, a series of falls (about six hundred yards north of this point) blocked the passage of riverboats. The Georgia Legislature established Columbus in 1828 specifically as a "trading town´ to capitalize on the river´s commercial potential. Until railroads reach the area and in the 1850s, the Chattahoochee served as the major artery in moving cotton from this region and world markets.



River Commerce