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

Welcome to Downtown Cahawba

 
 
Welcome to Downtown Cahawba Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 6, 2018
1. Welcome to Downtown Cahawba Marker
Inscription. Cahawba's homes were spread over an entire square mile, many with yards of one or two acres. That was not the case here on Vine Street. Offices, stores and hotels were tightly packed along this main street. The steamboat landings on the Alabama River were just one block away, so this was prime real estate.

Vine Street was 80 feet wide with brick sidewalks. A town ordinance required all lot owners to plant shade trees between the sidewalks and the road.

This photograph, taken about 1900, recorded a few remaining but abandoned structures along Vine Street:

A. Law Offices.

B. Saltmarsh Hall, where public celebrations were held.

C. Dallas County Courthouse with its spectacle-shaped windows.

D. Dallas County Office Building.

E. Overflowing Well in the center of the street.

A Well for Public Use

An overflowing well was drilled in the center of Cahawba's main street for public use. During the Civil War, it provided running water to thousands of prisoners of war held captive in a nearby warehouse.

Unfortunately the ornamental well head disappeared decades ago, but the observant explorer can still find the location of the old well. Just look for the broken round iron pipe in the surface
View from marker of the Capitol Reserve towards the Alabama River. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 6, 2018
2. View from marker of the Capitol Reserve towards the Alabama River.
of the road near the intersection of Vine and First North Streets.

Chinaberry Trees - Clues to the Past
Cahawba's earliest merchants imported fast growing Chinaberry trees to shade their sidewalks. Over the years these trees survived and multiplied. Sadly, Cahawba's merchants did not do as well. Today, as you walk this abandoned downtown street, see if you can spot the thriving descendants of those first Chinaberry trees.
 
Erected 2015 by the Alabama Historical Commission.
 
Location. 32° 19.048′ N, 87° 5.796′ W. Marker is in Cahaba, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Vine Street and Capitol Street, on the right when traveling north on Vine Street. Touch for map. Located within the Cahawba Archaeological Park (nominal fee required). Marker is at or near this postal address: Vine Street, Orrville AL 36767, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cahaba First State Capital (a few steps from this marker); Vine Street (a few steps from this marker); Commissary - R.R. Depot (a few steps from this marker); Alabama's First Statehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Dallas County Courthouse
Entrance sign to the Cahawba Archaeological Park. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 6, 2018
3. Entrance sign to the Cahawba Archaeological Park.
(within shouting distance of this marker); A Courthouse Reduced to Rubble (within shouting distance of this marker); Captive Boys in Blue (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cahawba - circa 1500 (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cahaba.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on Cahaba. (Submitted on January 12, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 12, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 83 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 12, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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