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

Masons Marks

 
 
Masons Marks Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, March 13, 2010
1. Masons Marks Marker
Inscription.  To identify their work masons often carved special marks into the bottom, sides, or back of the stones. Their supervisors were thus able to distinguish between the quality and quantity of each mason's work. Blocks for the building were quarried from local sandstone from the banks of the nearby Black Warrior River.
Over a dozen different masons marks and directional signs appear throughout the ruins. Such identifying marks had been used by stone masons since the European Middle Ages.
 
Erected 1992 by City of Tuscaloosa.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural Resources.
 
Location. 33° 12.474′ N, 87° 34.476′ W. Marker is in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in Tuscaloosa County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 6th Street and 28th Avenue. Marker is located in Capitol Park on the west side of the Capitol Ruins. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tuscaloosa AL 35401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alabama Central Female College (within shouting distance of this marker);
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Honor Roll of Soldiers and Patriots (within shouting distance of this marker); The Architect (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel B. Moore (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Gayle (about 300 feet away); John Murphy (about 300 feet away); Gabriel Moore (about 300 feet away); Old Tavern (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuscaloosa.
 
Masons Marks Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, March 13, 2010
2. Masons Marks Marker
Masons Marks image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, March 13, 2010
3. Masons Marks
Masons Marks image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, March 13, 2010
4. Masons Marks
Masons Marks image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, March 13, 2010
5. Masons Marks
Example of the Mason's work on the old Capitol building. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, July 4, 2006
6. Example of the Mason's work on the old Capitol building.
West side of the Capitol Ruins image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, March 13, 2010
7. West side of the Capitol Ruins
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,632 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 25, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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