Chattahoochee Valley Today

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates three large lakes along the lower Chattahoochee that have become among the region’s foremost tourist attractions. Opened in the 1950s and 1960s, these reservoirs were designed to assist in providing flood control, hydroelectric power, navigation, fish and wildlife development, and recreation. An urban whitewater course in downtown Columbus, which opened in 2013, continues to harness the power of water for the Chattahoochee Valley’s residents.

A native of the small town of Plains, Georgia, about an hour from Columbus, President Jimmy Carter served as a naval officer and worked as a peanut farmer before entering politics in the 1960s. He served as governor of Georgia from 1971 to 1975. Running on a populist platform, Carter won election as the 39th President of the United States in 1976. Carter has remained an influential figure in politics, international relations, and humanitarian efforts across the globe.

From a humble six-room rented office in downtown Columbus, the American Family Life Assurance Company, now known across the globe as Aflac, rose to become a successful international corporation. Southeastern financial giants Synovus and TSYS have also helped to ensure Columbus’ continued growth. As downtown Columbus continues to experience a revival, aided by Columbus State University’s downtown campus, the fine arts, music and theater receive showcases in the historic Springer Opera House and the contemporary RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

  • Olympic softball site commemorative pin
    Gift of Owen Ditchfield 2013.13.16
    Columbus’ historic Golden Park hosted the softball competition of the 1996 Olympic Games as a satellite site of the primary Atlanta venues. Click here for more information

  • “Jimmy Carter for President” handbill
    Gift of Kenneth Barfield 1997.22.25

    Many area residents worked or volunteered for Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign, including at his Columbus campaign headquarters.Click here for more information

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