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

Autauga Creek

 
 
Autauga Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 17, 2013
1. Autauga Creek Marker
Inscription. Side 1
Water has always played a significant role in the history of Prattville. Daniel Pratt chose the location for his new town because of the proximity to Autauga Creek and the Alabama River. This area was referred to as an “unhealthy quagmire” in the earliest records; but the location of Prattville proved to be ideal for Daniel Pratt’s new town. He built his gin mill, saw mill, and grist mill on the banks of Autauga Creek in the early 1830’s. In 1847, an article in De Bow’s Review described Autauga Creek as "a bold, clear stream…with a pretty water fall and pine forests making up to the edge. The woods abound with pine timber, the country healthy, navigation convenient and everything favorable to extensive manufactories."
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Side 2
(Continued from other side)
Since the 1830’s the waters of Autauga Creek have powered cotton gins that have employed generations of families; turned saws that cut wood for lumber to build homes, barns and businesses; ground corn and grain that have fed families and livestock alike; bathed, baptized and provided recreation for thousands of people. Autauga Creek continues be a source of beauty and wonder.

All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come
Autauga Creek Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 17, 2013
2. Autauga Creek Marker (reverse)
from, there they return again.

 
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Prattville.
 
Location. 32° 27.532′ N, 86° 28.431′ W. Marker is in Prattville, Alabama, in Autauga County. Marker can be reached from West Main Street 0.1 miles west of South Chestnut Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Access to this marker is from the rear of City Hall off South Chestnut. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 West Main Street, Prattville AL 36067, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wilson Pickett, Jr. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Plank Road (about 400 feet away); Mulbry Grove Cottage (about 500 feet away); Heritage Park (about 800 feet away); First Presbyterian Church of Prattville, Alabama / Original Members (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Autauga County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Daniel Pratt Cemetery / George Cooke (approx. 0.3 miles away); Daniel Pratt/First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Prattville.
 
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Autauga Creek image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 17, 2013
3. Autauga Creek
Autauga Creek Dam image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 17, 2013
4. Autauga Creek Dam
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 624 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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