Old Columbia Jail / Columbia

Old Columbia Jail / Columbia (HM1E58)

Location: Columbia, AL 36319 Houston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 17.495', W 85° 6.737'

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Old Columbia Jail

Erected sometime in the early 1860's, the Old Columbia Jail is today one of the last wooden jails still standing in Alabama. Originally, there were two cells, each measuring 10 x 15 feet. Interior walls are studded every two inches with iron spikes to prevent prisoners from being able to escape. The Columbia Women's Club and the Columbia Bicentennial Committee have completely renovated the building as a museum to preserve some of the articles of historical interest to Columbia citizens.

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Columbia

Formerly a prominent Chattahoochee River port-of-call, Columbia served as a major trading center for communities throughout the Wiregrass area of Alabama. Between 1822-1833, it was the county seat for Henry County which then comprised portions of present day Covington, Dale, Barbour, Coffee, Crenshaw, Bullock, Geneva and Houston Counties. At the turn of the century, Columbia was bypassed by the Alabama Midland Railway in favor of Dothan. As the railroads continued to take freight trade away from the riverboats, Columbia's position as a principal trade center began to decline.
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HM NumberHM1E58
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Year Placed1978
Placed ByThe Historic Chattahoochee Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 2:47am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 679677 N 3463455
Decimal Degrees31.29158333, -85.11228333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 17.495', W 85° 6.737'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 17' 29.70" N, 85° 6' 44.22" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 102 E North St, Columbia AL 36319, US
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