Courtesy of The Ft. Benning Infantry Musem
Fort Benning is one of the main reasons Phenix City was able
to thrive during the Depression when many communities had trouble.
Soldiers' paychecks were spent in the community, keeping the
economy steady. Phenix City is not so unlike most communities
near military institutions that provide businesses to take advantage
of young men with few responsibilities and a steady paycheck.
Occasionally certain Phenix City clubs would be declared off
limits to Ft. Benning personnel. Reasons usually included illegal
activity and uncleanliness.