Over Christmas Break (12/21/16), we passed through and visited our friend that lives in Columbus, GA. We arrived early to our meeting place, so we took advantage of the time to explore around the Eagle and Phenix Mill site, which has now been converted into condos and a few shops. The Eagle and Phenix Mills were cotton mills during and around the time of the Civil War. At one point, they made over 100 types of fabrics, and were the largest mills in the world. Unfortunately, the Union burned some of the sites after the Civil War, as the message about “the war was over” had not reached the union troops in time.
A complete history of the site can be found at the Eagle and Phenix website, should you be in the market for an urban condo. Their website is here.
A brick sign marks the entrance to the site:
One of the neat features with this sight was the water powerhouse.
A diversion tunnel led to the powerhouse, which then led to the turbines.
The turbines were cut open, exposing a few of the inner workings.
The river itself was fast moving and swollen, due to the recent rains. There were flood watches and warnings scattered about Georgia on this day.
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