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Livingston, Alabama / Livingston's Bored Well

 
 
Livingston, Alabama Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 19, 2016
1. Livingston, Alabama Marker
Inscription.
Side 1
Livingston, Alabama

Prior to the signing of the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek on September 27, 1830, this site belonged to the Choctaw Nation. Early settlers to the area came from the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. In 1833, a commission was appointed to organize Sumter County and select the county seat. The site chosen was named Livingston in honor of Edward Livingston, a prominent jurist, statesman, and Secretary of State under President Andrew Jackson. On January 10, 1835, the town of Livingston was incorporated. The first courthouse, built of logs, stood on the corner of Spring Street and West Main. Another courthouse, which was a frame building erected on the Square in 1839, burned in 1901. The cornerstone for the present courthouse was laid July 9, 1902.

Side 2
Livingston's Bored Well

The Bored Well on the Courthouse Square in Livingston was started in 1854, and historians say an old blind mule pulled the auger around day after day until completion in 1857 of an artesian well. When people began to claim the mineral water had medicinal value, Livingston's fame as a health spa spread far and wide. In 1904 the water quit overflowing and a hand pump was added. In 1928 an electric pump was installed. Originally
Livingston's Bored Well Marker (Side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 19, 2016
2. Livingston's Bored Well Marker (Side 2)
a wooden Chinese pagoda covered the well, but a new brick structure was constructed in 1924. In 1999 this building was removed for safety reasons, and in 2005 the present pavilion was completed. Once again the Bored Well became one of Livingston's most treasured landmarks.
 
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Livingston.
 
Location. 32° 34.996′ N, 88° 11.317′ W. Marker is in Livingston, Alabama, in Sumter County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street South and Franklin Street, on the right when traveling north on Washington Street South. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 Franklin Street, Livingston AL 35470, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sumter County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Sumter County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Livingston, Ala. (about 700 feet away); Sumter County's Covered Bridge (approx. 0.8 miles away); Line 32 28 North Latitude (approx. 7.4 miles away); York Veterans War Memorial (approx. 9.2
Sumter County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 19, 2016
3. Sumter County Courthouse
miles away); History of York / The Coleman Center (approx. 9.2 miles away); Town of Emelle, Alabama (approx. 12.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Livingston.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. History from city website. (Submitted on February 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Rural Alabama website about Livingston Bored Well. (Submitted on February 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. GovernmentNative AmericansScience & MedicineSettlements & Settlers
 
Livingston's Bored Well under pavilion. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 19, 2016
4. Livingston's Bored Well under pavilion.
Nearby warning plaque about the well. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 19, 2016
5. Nearby warning plaque about the well.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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