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.
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 the first Bridge across the Chattahoochee River. Phenix City's Old Russell County Courthouse, built in 1868, is one of Alabama's oldest courthouses.