“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Pollard in Escambia County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Pollard Station

Pollard Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 5, 2019
1. Pollard Station Marker
Inscription.  William Henry Chase, a Massachusetts born captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers came to Pensacola, Florida in 1826 to supervise the construction of the network of harbor fortifications for the defense of the newly authorized Navy Yard. His interest in establishing a railroad to provide a more dependable source of transportation from the South to Northern textile mills began as early as the 1830's with the 1834 charter of the Florida, Alabama, and Georgia Railroad. Mobile, protective of shipping interest at the Mobile Harbor and fearing competition from Pensacola, blocked efforts to grant permission for a Montgomery to Mobile line. Alabama cotton planters strongly supported a railroad, because rivers frequently ran low during shipping season and a more dependable mode of transportation was needed. The two railroads formed were the Alabama and Florida in Florida and the Alabama and Florida in Alabama with Chase as President of the first and Charles T. Pollard as President of the second. The Pensacola Gazette, April 12, 1856 edition, tells how "surveyors mapped the road from its bay front wharf and depot site on Tarragona Street northwest
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along the Escambia River forty-five miles to join Alabama rails being laid from Montgomery to Pollard Station just north of the state boundary." Planned and laid out by the Alabama lines President, Charles T. Pollard, and his chief civil engineer, Samuel G. Jones, the town was named for Pollard and lay 114 miles south of Montgomery. It was a key link in the connection to Pensacola and would become a Confederate line of defense, with the establishment in 1861 of Camp Pollard (Tattnall). Author Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was once stranded here when a wreck on the rails ahead prevented his going on to New York. It was hot and there were probably mosquitoes causing the elderly Clemens to declare, "I'd rather die in vain than live in Pollard!" Years later a native son of Pollard visited Twain's boyhood hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, and repaid the "compliment" in kind. Longtime Mayor Curtis Finlay loved to tell visitors, "to us the air is fresher, the water tastes purer, the grass grows greener and the birds sing sweeter in Pollard, Alabama than any place else on earth." The first telegraph operator for Pollard Station was C. H. "Charlie" Edwards.
Erected 2016 by the Escambia County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars
Pollard Station looking towards railroad crossing. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 5, 2019
2. Pollard Station looking towards railroad crossing.
Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is April 12, 1856.
Location. 31° 1.693′ N, 87° 10.345′ W. Marker is in Pollard, Alabama, in Escambia County. Marker is at the intersection of Canterbury Street and Richmond Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Canterbury Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Canterbury Street, Flomaton AL 36441, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Francis B. Bonifay Law Office (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lindsey-Fitzgerald House (about 800 feet away); Pollard Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Pollard (approx. 1.3 miles away); Southern Pine Electric Membership Corporation (approx. 5.1 miles away); Alabama's Own (approx. 5.6 miles away); The Old Church Bell (approx. 5.7 miles away); Flomaton, Alabama (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pollard.
Pollard Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 5, 2019
3. Pollard Station Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 7, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 629 times since then and 125 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 7, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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