The fall line that traverses the center of the state and on which the city of Columbus, Georgia is situated, creates significant drops in elevation over the stretch of the Chattahoochee River that winds by the city, creating Georgia’s border with Alabama.
In 1860s, a crib dam was built across a stretch of the Chattahoochee to harness the energy of the falling waters. Constructed of massive beams of heart pine wood that began to grow before the Revolutionary War, the dam generated power for the Eagle & Phenix Textile Mill from which the dam got its name. Decades later, a traditional dam was built in front of the original crib dam as the mill’s power needs shifted from water to electricity. From then, the old wooden dam remained immersed in the swollen waters, largely forgotten and having served out its purpose.
As part of an initiative to return Georgia’s most famous river to its natural glory, the dam was removed in March 2012, uncovering the natural rapids that lay beneath. With the help of Jim Flournoy and Old River Sawmills, thousands of boardfeet were reclaimed from the water, clearing the way for what is now the longest stretch of urban whitewater rapids in the world, featuring class four and five rapids. Further, it comes with no surprise that the removal of the Eagle & Phenix dam has also fueled the ongoing renewal of a town, a town that appreciates that fact.
The Damcaster design pays homage to the rebirth of the Chattahoochee, as each custom guitar is built with appreciation from this historic treasure.