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Cahaba in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Duke of Cahaba

 
 
The Duke of Cahaba Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 6, 2018
1. The Duke of Cahaba Marker
Inscription. Look around you. There are hundreds of pecan trees growing nearby. All were planted by Clifton Kirkpatrick, a.k.a. The Duke of Cahaba." (Note: Cahawba lost its "w" by the late 19th century.)

In 1889 Samuel and Sarah Kirkpatrick moved to Selma, leaving their Cahawba land in the capable hands of their son Clifton (1861 - 1930). He turned the abandoned remains of Alabama's first capital into a showcase farm of diversified, scientific agriculture by departing from the South's one crop cotton system.

Clifton Kirkpatrick believed in public service and worked to promote the welfare of all farmers. From 1927 until his death in 1930, he served in the Alabama House of Representatives. The Montgomery Advertiser published this political cartoon by Spang on January 12, 1927. Clearly, Clifton Kirkpatrick was well known as an advocate for agriculture in the Alabama region known as the "Black Belt."

How Clifton Became the "Duke"

Clifton Kirkpatrick served as an unofficial tour guide to the historic sites in Cahawba. How- ever during his lifetime, most people used the shorter spelling "Cahaba." He often hosted visitors at his home with warm-hearted hospi- tality. This is how he earned the title "Duke of Cahaba."
 
Erected
Former slave quarters and area of "Kirk-View" image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 6, 2018
2. Former slave quarters and area of "Kirk-View"
2015 by the Alabama Historical Commission.
 
Location. 32° 19.432′ N, 87° 5.872′ W. Marker is in Cahaba, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is on Oak Street north of Fifth North Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located within the Cahawba Archaeological Park (nominal fee required). Marker is at or near this postal address: Oak Street, Orrville AL 36767, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Behind the Big House (a few steps from this marker); Death in the Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Old Brick Store (approx. 0.3 miles away); Crocheron's Row (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Hole That Was Once a Row (approx. 0.3 miles away); Who Lived Here? (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Crocheron Columns (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cahaba Drug Store (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cahaba.
 
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Closeup of cartoon mentioned on marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 6, 2018
3. Closeup of cartoon mentioned on marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 90 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 10, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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