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Bay Minette in Baldwin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

A County Older Than the State, Baldwin County

 
 
A County Older Than the State, Baldwin County Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, January 14, 2017
1. A County Older Than the State, Baldwin County Marker
Inscription.  
Third oldest county in Alabama. Created in 1809 while still part of Mississippi Territory. Named for Abraham Baldwin (1754-1807) founder of University of Georgia, delegate to Constitutional Convention, member of Congress, 1789-1807. County once lay west of Tombigbee River; after series of boundary changes, now lies east of Mobile and Alabama Rivers. County seat at Bay Minette since 1901; earlier at McIntosh Bluff, Blakely, Daphne

Long a center of conflicting claims: by Spain, France, and England; by royal governors of Florida, Louisiana, Carolina, Georgia, West Florida until Mississippi Territory formed in 1798 and from it, Alabama Territory in 1817. In struggle for control of the Southeast, many
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armies have camped in area:

1528-Narvez, Spanish conquistador
1558-DeLuna, Spanish colonizer
1719-Bienville, French colonizer
1780-Galvez, Spanish conqueror
1813-Red Eagle, Indian revolter
1814-Jackson, American defender
1815-Packenham, British invader
1864-Maury, Confederate defender
1865-Canby, Federal invader

 
Erected 1957 by American Historical Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraExploration. A significant historical year for this entry is 1809.
 
Location. 30° 52.974′ N, 87° 46.441′ W. Marker is in Bay Minette, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker is at the intersection of Courthouse Square (U.S. 31) and Hand Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Courthouse Square. Located in the front of the Baldwin County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 312 Courthouse Sq, Bay Minette AL 36507, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers.
A County Older Than the State, Baldwin County Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 22, 2018
2. A County Older Than the State, Baldwin County Marker (reverse)
At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bottle Creek Site (here, next to this marker); Judge Harry Toulmin (a few steps from this marker); Lynching in America / The Lynching of Rueben Sims (within shouting distance of this marker); Baldwin County Eternal Flame Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Bay Minette Korean War Memorial (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bay Minette, Alabama (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stephen J. Boykin / The American Banner (approx. 1.4 miles away); Kennedy Mill, c.1811 (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bay Minette.
 
Also see . . .  Comprehensive history of Baldwin County. (Submitted on January 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Marker in front of the Baldwin County Courthouse in Bay Minette. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, January 14, 2017
3. Marker in front of the Baldwin County Courthouse in Bay Minette.
View south of Hand Avenue from the Courthouse. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 22, 2018
4. View south of Hand Avenue from the Courthouse.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2024. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,507 times since then and 185 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   2. submitted on August 24, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   3. submitted on January 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   4. submitted on August 24, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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