Century in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Century, Florida / Alger Railroad
Founded in 1900 to house mill employees of the Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company, formed in 1900 by General Russell A. Alger - Governor of Michigan, U.S. Senator, and President McKinley's Secretary of War - and by Martin H. Sullivan of Pensacola. Edward A. Hauss led the company from 1901 to 1957 and pioneered in reforestation to perpetuate timber resources. Century and Alger recall the names Colonel Frank Hecker, Henry Glover, George E. Glover, A.W. Ranney, John Millen, Colonel W.D. Mann, David Miller, Houston Jones, Larry Nelson, and Marion Leach.
This site is 300 yards west of former location of tracks of The Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company logging railroad which ran from Century to Alger-owned timber lands in Alabama. Ninety miles in length, the railroad hauled prime virgin longleaf logs for manufacture of lumber and export timbers at the Century mill, the largest in Florida. Logging crews lived in railroad camp cars on sidings. Oxen were used in the woods to skid logs to the railroad for loading.
Railroad discontinued operation in 1942.
Erected 1968 by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials. (Marker Number F-157.)
Location. 30° 58.417′ N, 87° Touch for map. Marker is located in a small park on Century Blvd between Hecker Road and Bradley Street. The area visitor center is located across the street from the park. Marker is in this post office area: Century FL 32535, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Alabama's Own (approx. 2.1 miles away in Alabama); Flomaton, Alabama (approx. 2.1 miles away in Alabama); The Lindsey-Fitzgerald House (approx. 6½ miles away in Alabama); Pollard Methodist Church (approx. 6½ miles away in Alabama); Site of Pollard (approx. 7.3 miles away in Alabama); Canoe Station (approx. 9.4 miles away in Alabama); Southern Pine Electric Membership Corporation (approx. 11.6 miles away in Alabama); Franklin Cemetery (approx. 14 miles away in Alabama).
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 884 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on April 9, 2017, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 31, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.