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Bay Minette in Baldwin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

A County Older Than the State, Baldwin County

 
 
A County Older Than the State, Baldwin County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 14, 2017
1. A County Older Than the State, Baldwin County Marker
Inscription.
Side 1
Third oldest county in Alabama.
Created in 1809 while still part
of Mississippi Territory.

Named for Abraham Baldwin (1754-1807)
founder of University of Georgia,
delegate to Constitutional Convention,
member of Congress, 1789-1807.
County once lay west of Tombigbee River;
after series of boundary changes,
now lies east of Mobile and Alabama Rivers.
County seat at Bay Minette since 1901;
earlier at McIntosh Bluff, Blakely, Daphne

Side 2
Long a center of conflicting claims:
by Spain, France, and England;
by royal governors of Florida, Louisiana,
Carolina, Georgia, West Florida until
Mississippi Territory formed in 1798
and from it, Alabama Territory in 1817.
In struggle for control of the Southeast,
many armies have camped in area:
1528-Narvez,
Marker in front of the Baldwin County Courthouse in Bay Minette. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 14, 2017
2. Marker in front of the Baldwin County Courthouse in Bay Minette.
Spanish conquistador
1558-DeLuna, Spanish colonizer
1719-Bienville, French colonizer
1780-Galvez, Spanish conqueror
1813-Red Eagle, Indian revolter
1814-Jackson, American defender
1815-Packenham, British invader
1864-Maury, Confederate defender
1865-Canby, Federal invader

 
Erected 1957 by American Historical Association.
 
Location. 30° 52.974′ N, 87° 46.441′ W. Marker is in Bay Minette, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker is at the intersection of Courthouse Square (U.S. 31) and Hand Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Courthouse Square. Touch for map. Located in the front of the Baldwin County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 312 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette AL 36507, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bottle Creek Site (here,
Wanted - Photo of reverse side of marker. image. Click for full size.
By .
3. Wanted - Photo of reverse side of marker.
next to this marker); Judge Harry Toulmin (a few steps from this marker); Baldwin County Eternal Flame Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Bay Minette Korean War Memorial (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bay Minette, Alabama (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kennedy Mill, c.1811 (approx. 7.8 miles away); Major Robert Farmar Plantation (approx. 8.9 miles away); The Mound Line (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bay Minette.
 
Also see . . .  Comprehensive history of Baldwin County. (Submitted on January 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraExplorationPolitical Subdivisions
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 234 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
 
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