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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Commercial Development of Western Savannah

 
 
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By Tim Fillmon, July 18, 2020
1. Commercial Development of Western Savannah Marker
Inscription.  Urbanization of western Savannah in the early twentieth century was spurred by growth in employment opportunities at the Central of Georgia Railroad facilities, the port, and the port-dependent industries that included the Hilton-Dodge Lumber Company, American Can Company, Mutual Fertilizer Company, Diamond Match Company, and Union Bag and Paper Corporation. The industrial facilities provided abundant jobs for both white and African American workers in the Jim Crow era, and the major roads and electric railways serving the area helped create the Hudson Hill, Woodville, and West Savannah neighborhoods as workers chose to settle close to the city's major employers. A diverse mix of small businesses that appealed to both neighborhood residents and motorists soon expanded along the Augusta Avenue and Bay Street corridors. These businesses reached their peak in number and diversity in the 1950s and included small grocery stores, seafood markets, fruit stands, restaurants, dry cleaners, pharmacies, and gas stations. They declined in the 1970s as residents shopped elsewhere and finally collapsed in the 1990s when layoffs in the manufacturing sector
Commercial Development of Western Savannah Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 18, 2020
2. Commercial Development of Western Savannah Marker
caused working-age residents to move, leaving fewer homeowners and customers to support local businesses.

Information from Low Land and the High Road: Life and Community in the Hudson Hill, West Savannah, and Woodville Neighborhoods, by Martha L. Keber
 
Erected by Marker erected through the cooperation of the Federal Highway Administration, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Chatham County and the City of Savannah.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 32° 5.282′ N, 81° 7.085′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is at the intersection of West Bay Street (Georgia Route 25 Conn) and Millen Street, on the right when traveling east on West Bay Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31415, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Schools in West Savannah (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hudson Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Moses J. Jackson (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Great Dane Dog (approx. 0.4 miles away); Largest Slave Sale in Georgia History
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(approx. 0.4 miles away); Jasper Spring (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Jasper Spring (approx. 0.6 miles away); Robert Sengstacke Abbott Boyhood Home (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 28, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 28, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.
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