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



Albany Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, November 22, 2020
1. Albany Marker
Inscription.  On Jan. 11, 1887, the Decatur Land Improvement and Furnace Company, Inc. was formed under the leadership of E. C. Gordon, C.C. Harris and W.W. Littlejohn. With a capital investment of $7,500,000, the company purchased 5600 acres of land, including 100 acres set aside for churches and schools. "New Decatur" was advertised as the "Gateway City" with well planned streets and improvements, and 41 new industries and 500 new structures were built in 1887. To alleviate northern/southern rivalries, streets bore the names of four Civil War Generals, two Union and two Confederate. The State Legislature confirmed the "New Decatur" charter on February 13, 1889. However, a yellow fever epidemic in 1888 and financial panic in 1892-94 halted the initial boom. Recovery was slow but steady. In September, 1916 "New Decatur" changed its name to "Albany" (after Albany, New York) to diminish rivalries between "Old" and "New" Decatur. A consolidation effort failed on August 28, 1923, because of tax inequities, but finally succeeded on February 4, 1927. Albany was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Feb. 3, 1983.
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Photographed By Tim Fillmon, November 22, 2020
2. Albany Marker
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in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is January 11, 1887.
Location. 34° 35.843′ N, 86° 58.37′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Alabama, in Morgan County. Marker is at the intersection of Gordon Drive Southeast and Sommerville Road Southeast, on the right when traveling east on Gordon Drive Southeast. Marker is located in Delano Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur AL 35601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Health and Civic Welfare (approx. ¼ mile away); Social and Cultural Opportunities (approx. ¼ mile away); Recreation and Refreshment (approx. ¼ mile away); Carolyn Cortner Smith (approx. 0.3 miles away); Beauty and Hope (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Albany (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. John's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Carver Elementary School (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Decatur.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 11, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.

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Dec. 7, 2022