Phenix City Alabama is Columbus Georgia's twin city, separated by the Chattahoochee River. Phenix City was named for the Eagle & Phenix Mill in Columbus. The phoenix bird is Phenix City's symbol. Life in Phenix City includes business and social interaction with Columbus. The northern part of Phenix City is also a part of the Auburn-Opelika metro area.
Phenix City is the product of the consolidation of the historic Girard and Brownsville communities. The Battle of Girard was the Civil War's last land battle. Horace King, a bridge builder, former slave, Phenix City resident and eventual Alabama State respresentive, built Dillingham Bridge, the first Bridge across the Chattahoochee River. Phenix City's Old Russell County Courthouse, built in 1868, is one of Alabama's oldest courthouses.
The Phenix City Riverwalk runs north and south along the western bank of the Chattahoochee River. It begins at the 3,000 seat Phenix City Amphitheater and runs 1.21 miles to Fort Benning Georgia. The riverwalk overlooks Whitewater Alabama, an urban whitewater rafting course that has been called "as wild as Colorado and warm as Costa Rica".
Phenix City's riverwalk is connected to the 15 mile long Columbus Riverwalk by two bridges: Historic Dillingham Bridge an the 14th Street Pedestrian Bridge. In addition to the amphitheater, the Phenix City Riverwalk has open space for bike riding, walking and aerobics. An early 20th-century design dam structure keeps Riverwalk visitors elevated high above the river. Courtyard Columbus Phenix City/Riverfront provides convenient accommodations for visitors who want to explore and enjoy the Phenix City Riverwalk.