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Prattville in Autauga County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Old Plank Road

Circa 1840's

 
 
Old Plank Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, January 23, 2010
1. Old Plank Road Marker
Inscription. The plank road was constructed of large pine logs, sawed lengthwise and laid round-side down. Daniel Pratt built the road for public benefit and to provide transportation from the Pratt Cotton Gin Factory to Washington on the Alabama River. Over four-miles long, the road cost between eight-and ten-thousand dollars to construct.

Cotton gins from Pratt's factory were shipped all over the globe. Under the name "Continental Eagle," this factory remains the largest cotton gin manufacturer in the world.

Sponsored by The Historic Prattville Redevelopment Authority
 
Erected 2001 by Alabama Historical Association / Historic Prattville Redevelopment Authority.
 
Location. 32° 27.474′ N, 86° 28.45′ W. Marker is in Prattville, Alabama, in Autauga County. Marker is at the intersection of Maple Street and Pletcher Street, on the right when traveling west on Maple Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Prattville AL 36066, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Autauga Creek (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wilson Pickett, Jr. (about 500 feet away); Mulbry Grove Cottage (about
Old Plank Road Marker looking toward the Cotton Gin Factory & Town of Prattville on the right image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, January 23, 2010
2. Old Plank Road Marker looking toward the Cotton Gin Factory & Town of Prattville on the right
800 feet away); Heritage Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Prattville, Alabama / Original Members (approx. mile away); Old Autauga County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Daniel Pratt Cemetery / George Cooke (approx. 0.3 miles away); Daniel Pratt/First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Prattville.
 
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Old Plank Road & Marker looking in the direction the road headed toward the Alabama River. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, January 23, 2010
3. Old Plank Road & Marker looking in the direction the road headed toward the Alabama River.
Pratt Cotton Gin Factory next to Autauga Creek image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, August 1, 2009
4. Pratt Cotton Gin Factory next to Autauga Creek
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,815 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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