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Citizens Bank of Old Girard Alabama

Story ID:8035
Written by:bobby o'neill mitchum (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:Phenix City Alabama U.S.A.
Year:2012
Person:Self
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The old Citizens Bank building formerly located at the Alabama side of the Chattahoochee River near The Dillingham Street Bridge is no more.It was demolished as quickly as possible with nothing saved,no history that might have been inside and apparently with few regrets except for maybe a ghost or two that might have resided in the old building.It was built in 1913 and stood there for approximately 99 years before it's owners sold it to the City of Phenix City who was I am told,in the process of condeming it.It's owners,Tillman and Tommy Pugh sold the old bank building for a reportedly $200,000 and maybe making a profit of $140,000.
It saddens me to know that with so much history in and around Phenix City Alabama,that hardly any effort is being made to preserve any of it.Mostly it is just (for the city)buy buy and tare down,pave over and forget it.
Now that the white water rafting project is in full swing I suppose that the city of Phenix City is foaming at the mouth thinking of all that money that might be coming it's way.The blew up the old mill dam a few months ago to make white water and kyak rafting throuth the rapids possible,I figure that people interested enoug to go whit water rafting in the first place will not come to phenix cty to do it when thy other choices more exciting else where and this one here in the Columbus/Phenix City area will offer few if any challenges.
Ok,thats my little story for the moment.
Bob Mitchum