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Jacksonville in Calhoun County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Jacksonville, Alabama

“Gem of the Hills”

 
 
Jacksonville, Alabama Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, October 2, 2010
1. Jacksonville, Alabama Marker
Inscription. Life here has long centered on education beginning in 1834 when a one-acre plot of land was reserved for a schoolhouse. Through the years, various institutions of higher learning developed that culminated into present-day Jacksonville State University. Land that was to become Jacksonville was purchased from Creek Indian Chief Ladiga in 1833. Originally called Drayton, its name was changed to Jacksonville in 1836. Jacksonville experienced a rich heritage as the county seat of Calhoun County. Its tranquility attracted new residents, and businesses prospered, however, the prosperity was broken by the War Between the States. In 1899, the county seat was moved to Anniston. A majority of Jacksonville’s male population, including four generals and the “Gallant Pelham,” fought for the Confederacy. At various times, the town was headquarters for Generals Beauregard, Wheeler, Polk and B. M. Hill before occupation by Federal troops. Many Confederate heroes are buried in the City Cemetery.
 
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Jacksonville.
 
Location. 33° 49.077′ N, 85° 46.398′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Alabama, in Calhoun County. Marker is on Mountain Street Northwest west of Woodward
Jacksonville, Alabama Marker next to the Chief Ladiga Trail image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, October 2, 2010
2. Jacksonville, Alabama Marker next to the Chief Ladiga Trail
Avenue Northwest, on the left. Click for map. Marker is located by the old Selma, Rome and Dalton Railroad Depot along the Chief Ladiga Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville AL 36265, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chief Ladiga Trail - Jacksonville (a few steps from this marker); The Depot (a few steps from this marker); Presidents of Jacksonville State (approx. 0.6 miles away); Joseph William Burke (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jacksonville State University (approx. 0.6 miles away); "The Magnolias" (approx. 0.7 miles away); Thomas A. Walker (approx. 0.7 miles away); Doctor Francis' Office (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
Also see . . .  Encyclopedia of Alabama entry on Jacksonville. (Submitted on December 19, 2012, by Laura Hill of Auburn, Alabama.)
 
Categories. EducationNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
Jacksonville's Old Selma, Rome and Dalton Railroad Depot by the Chief Ladiga Trail image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, October 2, 2010
3. Jacksonville's Old Selma, Rome and Dalton Railroad Depot by the Chief Ladiga Trail
Jacksonville's Old Selma, Rome and Dalton Railroad Depot by the Chief Ladiga Trail image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, October 2, 2010
4. Jacksonville's Old Selma, Rome and Dalton Railroad Depot by the Chief Ladiga Trail
Downtown Jacksonville, Alabama east side of the Town Square image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, October 2, 2010
5. Downtown Jacksonville, Alabama east side of the Town Square
Downtown Jacksonville, Alabama west side of the town square image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, October 2, 2010
6. Downtown Jacksonville, Alabama west side of the town square
Confederate Monument in the Town Square image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, October 2, 2010
7. Confederate Monument in the Town Square
Downtown Jacksonville, Alabama east side of Town Square looking south. image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, October 2, 2010
8. Downtown Jacksonville, Alabama east side of Town Square looking south.
Bibb Graves Hall at Jacksonville State University image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, October 2, 2010
9. Bibb Graves Hall at Jacksonville State University
Image of Chief Ladiga image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, October 2, 2010
10. Image of Chief Ladiga
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,472 times since then and 48 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. 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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