Monday, December 23, 2013

More historic gems from Columbus Ga

 This is Katie the Cow. Katie is famous around these parts.

 Katie was the mascot for Wells Dairies that sat on this property. It is now a Best Buy and the mall next door. People in the community did not want Katie moved so Best Buy, under pressure, let her stay. Many a children have had their picture taken with Katie. My son remembers standing under her many times. At Christmas she usually has a wreath on her. BTW, Mr Johns ice cream was the best ice cream ever.
 Nice old lamps line the building downtown.
 This was the iron works center for Columbus, started in the year 1853. It made the town become a leader in metal making and we became the second largest cotton industry town in the south. Now it is a convention center. The inside is awesome. Most of the history and the look is preserved. Wonderful place to go to.
 This and the next picture is the Coca Cola Space Science Center. It is now a part of the CSU campus. There is so much to do and both adults and children love to go here. It includes a Challenger Learning Center, the Omnisphere Theater and the Mead Observatory. Visit our Plaza area for many interactive exhibits and displays.

 Next to the space center is the Keep Columbus Beautiful park. There is a beautiful fountain, promenade and beautiful english style garden behind it. All these building line the Chattahoochee River.
 Another beautiful historic home.
 This is One Arsenal Place. It was part of the Columbus Iron Works. The foundry served as an arsenal of the Confederacy, producing ammunition, mortar and rifled cannon. Boilers, steam engines, and armored plate were manufactured beginning in 1862, when the complex was designated as the Confederate States Naval Ironworks.
 This is the train track that separate One Arsenal from the Ironworks. You get to drive under it which is pretty cool.
 This is the Phenix City Amphitheater. It sits across the river from us. This was sin city in the 1950s. Thats a movie to watch. Many events are held here from concerts to fireworks. We consider it part of our city. The Chattahoochee valley, as we call it, is appx a 5 to 6 county area but we also call the Phenix City, Columbus and Ft Benning the Tricity.
Finally, let talk BBQ.  See that smoke. That is the smell of heaven. Im telling ya. You have to give in to blinded faith and believe me. I have been around this country and to other countries in the world and nobody and I mean nobody makes up some great BBQ like Country's Barbeque. Now Im not being bias at all. In fact, Columbus has great bbq from several locations but Countrys tops everyones. Ive had North Carolina BBQ, ST Louis BBQ, Ive even had Texas BBQ. I have even been to pitmasters competitions and nothing compares.  Not only is the BBQ to die for, the chicken and dumpling OMG! Heaven. The chef salad is piled sky high. Big Mason Jars filled with Southern Sweet Tea and you cant forget the Cue Stew. The turkeys they cook for Thanksgiving and all the sides....mouth is drooling...and the piece de resistance is the Chocolate Chess Pie. Thats when you know you have arrived in heaven.

Ill let ya go now. I know Christmas is a day away. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. Stay safe out there if you are still out shopping.
Thanks for stopping by. Mona :)

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