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

City of Jackson

 
 
City of Jackson Marker (Side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 25, 2017
1. City of Jackson Marker (Side 1)
Inscription.
Side 1
First home of Creek and Choctaw Indians, Jackson’s first pioneer settlers arrived about 1800. The little village was first called Republicville, then Pine Level, before its incorporation by an act of the Mississippi Territory Legislature in 1816. It was then named Jackson, after President Andrew Jackson, who was also a popular general. A plat of the town was drawn up and plots were advertised all over the South. Some of the street names, notably Commerce, Florida, Carrol and Broad, are still in existence. The town sprang up overnight and had a population of 1,500. The town made a brief decline before the coming of the railroad, in 1888, spurred Jackson’s second growth. A drawbridge span was built over the Tombigbee River when the Mobile to Birmingham Railway was constructed. With the railroad came the timbermen. The Bigbee Lumber Co., C. W. Zimmerman Manufacturing Co., Bolen Brothers, Hemphill, McGowin and Slayton, McCorquodale Brothers, and M. W. Smith were all sawmill concerns.
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Side 2
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Ochre Mining was another big business in Jackson. The clay material was used for pottery, bricks, paint, fertilizer and more. The name of Ochre Avenue is the last remnant of Sample-Williams Clay and Color
City of Jackson Marker (Side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 25, 2017
2. City of Jackson Marker (Side 2)
Company, which shipped ochre all over the U. S. Jackson was selected as site of the First Congressional District’s Agricultural College in 1896. The street that runs north and south through a large part of Jackson is named “College Avenue” in honor of the school. A building that became Jackson High School was built on the site in 1935. That building burned in 1984.
 
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Jackson.
 
Location. 31° 30.465′ N, 87° 53.753′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Alabama, in Clarke County. Marker is at the intersection of Commerce Street (Alabama Route 177) and Magnolia Drive, on the right when traveling west on Commerce Street. Touch for map. Located in front of Jackson City Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 350 Commerce Street, Jackson AL 36545, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jackson (here, next to this marker); C S A Brooke Cannon S-96 (a few steps from this marker); The Clarke County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); First District Agricultural College and Experiment Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kimbell House
City of Jackson Marker on far right in front of Jackson City Hall. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 25, 2017
3. City of Jackson Marker on far right in front of Jackson City Hall.
(approx. 1˝ miles away); Jackson Prisoner of War Camp (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Taylor House (approx. 3.6 miles away); Central Salt Works (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
 
Also see . . .
1. Encyclopedia of Alabama article on Jackson, Alabama. (Submitted on February 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. City of Jackson website on history of city. (Submitted on February 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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View of marker looking east on Commerce Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 25, 2017
4. View of marker looking east on Commerce Street.
Portrait of General Andrew Jackson - namesake of City of Jackson. image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain
5. Portrait of General Andrew Jackson - namesake of City of Jackson.
Portrait by Ralph E. W. Earl, circa 1837.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 141 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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