In Images of America: Phenix City, historian and genealogist John Lyles has constructed a well-crafted look at the city's rich heritage. With photographs from the Columbus State University Archives, the Columbus Museum, the Alabama Department of History and Archives, the Columbus Public Library, and private collections, Lyles couples fascinating images with illuminating text to craft an insightful historical narrative of the area and its people. Phenix City offers compelling motivation to discover, preserve, and celebrate the history of Phenix City and its environs.
Phenix Cityby John Lyles
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Phenix City, Alabama, on the western bank of the Chattahoochee River across from Columbus, Georgia, was officially incorporated as Brownville in 1883. However, its history can be traced through Girard, Knights Station, Summerville, Fort Mitchell, the Creek Indian town of Coweta, and several other communities within Russell County. Phenix City has provided a setting for many of the important events in Alabama's history from early Spanish explorers, to its rich Native American heritage, to its role in opening and settling the Southern frontier, to its adherence to King Cotton, to its rebirth after being regarded the "wickedest city in America." Phenix City has undergone profound change and yet has retained its rural charm.
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