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Cartersville in Bartow County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Friendship Monument

 
 
Friendship Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, August 30, 2008
1. Friendship Monument Marker
Inscription.  The nearby marble shaft has the unique distinction of having been erected by a debtor in honor of his creditors. Losses during the panic of 1857 forced Mark A. Cooper, proprietor of the Etowah Iron Works, to offer this property for sale to satisfy a $100,000 debt.

Thirty-eight friends signed notes totaling that amount to save the enterprise. When the debt was repaid in 1860, Cooper erected this monument on which the names of his benefactors are inscribed.
 
Erected 1963 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 008-51.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker and monument is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1857.
 
Location. 34° 9.92′ N, 84° 47.743′ W. Marker is in Cartersville, Georgia, in Bartow County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (Georgia Route 113) and Friendship Plaza, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. The marker is in Friendship Plaza in downtown Cartersville,
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created to display the monument. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cartersville GA 30120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tribute on Monument / 38 Names on Monument (here, next to this marker); Private First Class Jerry Wayne Gentry (a few steps from this marker); Asa Griggs Candler (a few steps from this marker); Major General Pierce Manning Butler Young, CSA (a few steps from this marker); Rudy York (a few steps from this marker); General William T. Wofford, CSA (a few steps from this marker); William H. Stiles (a few steps from this marker); Charles H. Smith - "Bill Arp" (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cartersville.
 
More about this monument. The monument was originally located in the town of Etowah, which was destroyed by Federal troops in the Civil War. The site of the town was flooded when Lake Allatoona was created, and the monument was moved to Cartersville in 1927. In the 1960s the monument was moved to an overlook near the Allatoona Dam on Corps
of Engineers property, and this marker was erected. Then in 1999 the town of Cartersville wanted the marker back, and the monument and marker were moved to Friendship Plaza.
 
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Friendship Monument Marker, the Monument, and the Tribute on Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, August 30, 2008
2. Friendship Monument Marker, the Monument, and the Tribute on Monument Marker
on Mark A. Cooper and Etowah Iron Works
 
Map of Bartow County in Friendship Plaza image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, August 30, 2008
3. Map of Bartow County in Friendship Plaza
Friendship Plaza image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, August 30, 2008
4. Friendship Plaza
This view of the plaza also includes the nearby Private First Class Jerry Wayne Gentry Marker, on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 20, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,877 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 20, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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