Country Western wandering throughout Georgia is one of my primary pastimes. The more history I learn about local communities, the more I appreciate the land and my rural roots. Pit stopping at The Columbus Museum during October, I extended my small-town research to understand how the area known as the Lower Chattahoochee River Valley formed. Largely constructed by the Chattahoochee River, this locale became a major transportation route for centuries — whether by horse or boat. Once dubbed one of the South’s busiest trade routes, Chattahoochee County’s Creek Indians dominated what was north of Mexico. The Creeks were skilled farmers and planters, but as history constantly repeats, white settlers devised plans to kill or push these brilliant people out and away from their native homes.