Columbus, Georgia, Newspaper Archives (1855 - 1945)

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Columbus, Georgia, Newspaper Archives

Uncover daily life in Columbus, Georgia, a major city of America’s South. From the booming textile industry to the Civil War, Columbus’ newspapers captured the local stories and events which defined the city and its residents as well as national news. Trace your family history through our Columbus, GA newspaper archives.

Our database of Columbus, Georgia newspapers includes publications from across the city such as the Columbus Chronicle, Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus Daily Sun, Columbus Ledger, Columbus Tri-Weekly Enquirer, Columbus Weekly Enquirer, Columbus Weekly Ledger, and Sunday Herald. For each publication you can also search recent and historic obituaries. Discover the moments that defined your ancestors as published in the Columbus Ledger obituaries

History of Columbus

Located on the Chattahoochee River, Columbus used this natural waterway to transport their cotton production to other important trading cities. In the 1850’s, Columbus's economy began to take off after implementing the railroad system. To further their development, textile mills were created along the Chattahoochee River, which strengthened their national presence as a contributing city for trading cotton and other southern exports. Within the next ten years, Columbus was coined as the “the Lowell of the South”, due to their thriving textile industry that had taken shape.

Once the Civil War broke out in 1861, Columbus increased their production and became one of the largest contributors to the Confederacy party. This city served as a central hub for the Confederacy navy and also produced weaponry needed for battle.

In 1865, Columbus saw first hand the tragic effects of war when battle broke out right on their very own soil. The battle of Columbus, Georgia left the city completely devastated, with many of their textile buildings burned to the ground.

Wasting no time, reconstruction began as soon as it was safe to do so. The city rebuilt their infrastructure and industries, surpassing their original plan. In the 20th century, Columbus continued to strengthen their economy by adding a university, a city government, and serving as the headquarters for several major industries.

If you or a family member lived or worked in Columbus, Georgia, learn more about your ancestry through our Columbus newspaper archives. With just a name or a date, you can unlock a world of information, readily available right at your fingertips. Start tracing your family history with GenealogyBank’s extensive database of newspapers, articles, obituaries, and more! 

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