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

A Cotton Kingdom

 
 
A Cotton Kingdom Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, December 14, 2012
1. A Cotton Kingdom Marker
Side A
Inscription.  
A combination of rich soil, mild climate and ready access to market via river and later railroad made Courtland an early center of cotton production. From surrounding plantations with colorful names like Bonnie Doone, Oak Grove, Rocky Hill, Albemarle, Hard Bargain, Pond Spring, Dixie, Summerwood, Egypt, Flower Hill and Ingleside thousands of bales were annually shipped to Memphis and New Orleans during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Though production methods have changed, cotton is still an important part of the local economy. The value of cotton to the economy of Lawrence County exceeded $81 million in 1992.

Several cotton gins once operated in and around Courtland. The present Servico gin a mile north of town was formed in 1973 through the merger of two older gins once located near the town square--Service Gin and Company Gin. One of the largest gins in the Southeast, Servico can process 35 bales of cotton per hour (one bale weighs 500 pounds). The gin serves farmers from three states. Cotton growers from throughout the world, including China, Russia, Australia, Indian and Africa have toured its modern facilities.
 
Erected
A Cotton Kingdom Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, December 14, 2012
2. A Cotton Kingdom Marker
Side B
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1994 by the Courtland Historical Foundation and Servico.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1992.
 
Location. 34° 39.996′ N, 87° 18.684′ W. Marker is in Courtland, Alabama, in Lawrence County. Marker is on Alabama Street south of Tennessee Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Courtland AL 35618, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Red Rovers / Red Rovers Roster (within shouting distance of this marker); The African ~ American Experience (within shouting distance of this marker); The Town of Courtland / Early Settlers (within shouting distance of this marker); Courtland's Early Architecture (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Early Roads / One of the South's First Railroads 1832 (about 300 feet away); American Legion - Post 58 (about 400 feet away); Harris-Simpson Home (about 700 feet away); Courtland Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Courtland.
 
A Cotton Kingdom Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, December 14, 2012
3. A Cotton Kingdom Marker
Looking north along Alabama Street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2014, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 852 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 15, 2014, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 3, 2022