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Century in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Century, Florida / Alger Railroad

 
 
Century, Florida Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, August 30, 2011
1. Century, Florida Marker
Inscription.  
Century, Florida
Founded in 1900 to house mill employees of the Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company, formed in 1900 by General Russell A. Alger - Governor of Michigan, U.S. Senator, and President McKinley's Secretary of War - and by Martin H. Sullivan of Pensacola. Edward A. Hauss led the company from 1901 to 1957 and pioneered in reforestation to perpetuate timber resources. Century and Alger recall the names Colonel Frank Hecker, Henry Glover, George E. Glover, A.W. Ranney, John Millen, Colonel W.D. Mann, David Miller, Houston Jones, Larry Nelson, and Marion Leach.

Alger Railroad
This site is 300 yards west of former location of tracks of The Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company logging railroad which ran from Century to Alger-owned timber lands in Alabama. Ninety miles in length, the railroad hauled prime virgin longleaf logs for manufacture of lumber and export timbers at the Century mill, the largest in Florida. Logging crews lived in railroad camp cars on sidings. Oxen were used in the woods to skid logs to the railroad for loading.

Railroad discontinued operation in 1942.
 
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1968 by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials. (Marker Number F-157.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryIndustry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #25 William McKinley series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
 
Location. 30° 58.417′ N, 87° 15.8′ W. Marker is in Century, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker is on Century Blvd (U.S. 29) north of Hecker Rd, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in a small park on Century Blvd between Hecker Road and Bradley Street. The area visitor center is located across the street from the park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Century FL 32535, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Old Church Bell (approx. 2 miles away in Alabama); Alabama's Own (approx. 2.1 miles away in Alabama); Flomaton, Alabama (approx. 2.1 miles away in Alabama); The Lindsey-Fitzgerald House (approx. 6˝ miles away in Alabama); Francis B. Bonifay Law Office (approx. 6˝ miles away in Alabama); Pollard Methodist Church (approx. 6˝ miles away in
Alger Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, August 30, 2011
2. Alger Railroad Marker
Alabama); Pollard Station (approx. 6.6 miles away in Alabama); Site of Pollard (approx. 7.3 miles away in Alabama).
 
Century, Florida / Alger Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, August 30, 2011
3. Century, Florida / Alger Railroad Marker
Looking north on US-29/Century Blvd.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,493 times since then and 88 times this year. Last updated on April 9, 2017, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 31, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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