A Stop at Pop Geers Memorial Park
Pop Geers Memorial Park in Columbia, Tennessee honors the states most famous harness racer with this enormous obelisk. His career gained him many awards and his horse farm produced several prized blood lines. Today the park is a beautiful setting with a honorable designation.
Edward Franklin Geers was born in 1851 in Wilson County, Tennessee. Although he was not born in Columbia, he commonly referenced the city as his home. He gained himself the nickname of “Pop”.
He went on to earn himself the title of Tennessee’s most famous harness racer. He won his first race at 24. At the age of 28, he opened his very own horse farm where he raised some of Tennessee’s finest in Spring Hill. His career led him to break world records and achieve many accomplishments over the course of his racing.
Sadly, Pop Geers passed away in 1924 in Wheeling, West Virginia. His tragic death came as the result of a racing accident on the track. Just a few years later in 1926, Columbia, Tennessee erected this obelisk in honor of his life.
Violet Sky’s Visit
The obelisk soars 45-feet into the Tennessee sky which makes it hard to miss as you are driving into downtown Columbia. It was out of curiosity that the stop was made to see what exactly this monument was all about.
Immediately after exploring this quaint park, I researched who exactly Pop Geers was. I really enjoy finding little places like this along the way. Not only do you get to see new things but you also learn little bits about history in an interactive way.
How to Visit
Pop Geers Memorial Park is located on 7th Street just before downtown Columbia. The park is free to visit but does not really have a parking lot. A sidewalk does lead along the road to the entrance to the park.
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