Columbus Stockade - Columbus, Georgia
N 32° 27.878 W 084° 59.026
16S E 689494 N 3593728
Quick Description: The Columbus Stockade is located at 622 10th Street in Columbus, Georgia. This old jail was the inspiration for the song "Columbus Stockade Blues", a song that has been performed by many artists in several musical styles.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 9/14/2008 8:16:05 AM
Waymark Code: WM4P36
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
The Columbus Stockade existed as two buildings and served as jail and police headquarters from the 1850’s to 1906 when they were joined together into the structure that exists today.

The balad “Columbus Stockade Blues” was written by Thomas Darby and Jimmie Tarlton and recorded in 1927. Since that time many artists have played the song in several different musical styles ranging from band, jazz, blue grass, country and blues.

The Register lists the building's current use as commerce/trade - warehouse but, since it was listed the building has been converted/refurbished back to a jail facility and is currently used to house prisioners sentenced to weekends in jail (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) for offenses such as DUI. It would appear that the opportunity once more exists for a prisioner to sing the words:

“Way Down in Columbus, Georgia,
Wanna be back in Tennessee,
Way down in Columbus Stockade,
Friends have turned their backs on me.”

A far more pleasant way of visiting this historic old bulding would be as a part of a walking tour of this area of Columbus that contains several historic African American Churches, historic markers and Government Buildings.

Some information contained here was derived from a Historic Marker at the site of this building.
Street address:
622 10th Street
Columbus, Georgia USA

County / Borough / Parish: Muscogee

Year listed: 1980

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1850-1874

Historic function: Government - Correctional Facility

Current function: Commerce/Trade - Warehouse (please see long description)

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Privately owned?: Not Listed

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 1: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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