Gadsden in Etowah County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
William Luther Sibert Major General U.S. Army (Ret.)
This is the site of the family home of Gadsden native General William Luther Sibert who played a major role in the construction of the Panama Canal. While serving in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he was appointed chief engineer for the Atlantic Division of the Panama Canal. He designed and built the Atlantic locks, and constructed Gatun Dam, then the largest earthen dam in the world, to create Gatun Lake, the central operating feature of the Canal.
During World War I General Sibert served as commander of the 1st Division of the U.S. Army. Later he became the first chief of the Chemical Warfare Service.
In 1919 the French government named him Commander in the Legion of Honor. The U.S. awarded him the Distinguished Service Medal.
Following his retirement from the army in 1920, General Sibert returned to Alabama where he designed, constructed, and administered the Alabama State Docks at Mobile. He died in 1935. In 1942 a new military installation in Etowah County was named Camp Sibert to honor his memory.
General Sibert is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Science & Medicine • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1919.
Location. 34° 0.981′ N, 86° 0.856′ W. Marker is in Gadsden, Alabama, in Etowah County. Marker is on Forrest Avenue east of North 10 Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 930 Forrest Avenue, Gadsden AL 35901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Etowah County, Alabama (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonel Hood House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gunn-Bellenger House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Congregation Beth Israel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eleventh Street School (approx. ¼ mile away); The North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gadsden Times-News Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gadsden, Alabama (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gadsden.
Also see . . . William L. Sibert. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on June 12, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,337 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on December 23, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. Photos: 1. submitted on December 19, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. 2. submitted on June 12, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on December 19, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.