City of Jackson Historical

City of Jackson Historical (HM1X12)

Location: Jackson, AL 36545 Clarke County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 30.465', W 87° 53.753'

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First home of Creek and Choctaw Indians, Jackson's first pioneer settlers arrived about 1800. The little village was first called Republicville, then Pine Level, before its incorporation by an act of the Mississippi Territory Legislature in 1816. It was then named Jackson, after President Andrew Jackson, who was also a popular general. A plat of the town was drawn up and plots were advertised all over the South. Some of the street names, notably Commerce, Florida, Carrol and Broad, are still in existence. The town sprang up overnight and had a population of 1,500. The town made a brief decline before the coming of the railroad, in 1888, spurred Jackson's second growth. A drawbridge span was built over the Tombigbee River when the Mobile to Birmingham Railway was constructed. With the railroad came the timbermen. The Bigbee Lumber Co., C. W. Zimmerman Manufacturing Co., Bolen Brothers, Hemphill, McGowin and Slayton, McCorquodale Brothers, and M. W. Smith were all sawmill concerns.

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Ochre Mining was another big business in Jackson. The clay material was used for pottery, bricks, paint, fertilizer and more. The name of Ochre Avenue is the last remnant of Sample-Williams Clay and Color
Company, which shipped ochre all over the U. S. Jackson was selected as site of the First Congressional District's Agricultural College in 1896. The street that runs north and south through a large part of Jackson is named "College Avenue" in honor of the school. A building that became Jackson High School was built on the site in 1935. That building burned in 1984.
HM NumberHM1X12
Year Placed2010
Placed ByThe Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Jackson
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at 5:04pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 414928 N 3486223
Decimal Degrees31.50775000, -87.89588333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 30.465', W 87° 53.753'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 30' 27.9" N, 87° 53' 45.18" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)251
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 417-499 AL-177, Jackson AL 36545, US
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