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Cahaba in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Working on Walnut Street

Memories of Old Cahaba

 
 
Working on Walnut Street Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 1, 2020
1. Working on Walnut Street Marker
Inscription.  
Walnut Street was the working backside of the business district. Cahaba's mechanics and enslaved laborers knew this street well. It was a place of livery stables, harness makers, carriage makers, and blacksmiths. It was a smelly, dirty street.

Misremembering Walnut Street
In 1908, former Cahaba resident Anna Gayle Fry published Memories of Old Cahaba, the book that rekindled an interest in this deserted town. In it, she described the people and places that once inhabited each of the town's streets. Her memories of Walnut Street, unlike other parts of town, were vague and inaccurate, because this dirty back street was not a place frequented by fashionable young ladies like Anna. She was only 14 years old in 1866 when the abandonment of Cahaba began.

Rip Roan, The Sorrel's Ahead!
Come all my friends, both rich and poor,
Come, try me once, you'll try me more;
I'll shoe your horse all round complete
With good new shoes, on all his feet.

I'll mend your wagons or buggies that break,
I'll make you a plough, a hoe or a rake.
I'll mend your gun, or I'll make you a chain,
I'll insure all my work, whether fancy or plain.

- D. R. Clifton, Dallas Gazette, Jan. 7, 1853

 
Erected by the Alabama Historical Commission.
 
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Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Alabama Historical Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 7, 1853.
 
Location. 32° 19.063′ N, 87° 5.864′ W. Marker is in Cahaba, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Capitol Street and Walnut Street, on the right when traveling west on Capitol Street. Located at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orrville AL 36767, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Alabama's Statehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Alabama's First Statehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Cahaba First State Capital (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Downtown Cahawba (about 400 feet away); The Mound at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park (about 400 feet away); Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons (about 400 feet away); Railroad Depot and Commissary (about 400 feet away); Saltmarsh Hall (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cahaba.
 
Working on Walnut Street Marker looking north. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 1, 2020
2. Working on Walnut Street Marker looking north.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2024. It was originally submitted on June 1, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 206 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 1, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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