Established in 1828 as a trading post to strengthen the western
border of Georgia, Columbus was the last frontier town of the thirteen colonies.
Tough men and women settled the region. Some of them went voluntarily and some
had no choice. They went where they were told to go and did what they
were told to do... These men and women grew with the city, changed with the times,
and established their rights.
With patience, commitment, and sacrifice, people are the true source of spirit for the trail. People whose lives give meaning to the trail include more than just the nationally known “Mother of the Blues” Gertrude “Ma” Rainey or Primus King, a registered voter who helped change our nation’s history by simply trying to vote.
The people who make the trail important include the children who went to the schools - unaware of the slow transformation that change brings, the families who attended churches with faith of a rugged, unfailing nature, and the residents who visited together at Kinfolks Corner – all just living one day at a time.
There are twenty-nine sites each with its own heritage. These historic places collectively establish a trail from the past and project a path to the future for the inexhaustible human spirit.