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

Dallas County Courthouse

 
 
Dallas County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, August 15, 2009
1. Dallas County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. The grassed over mound of brick before you was once Dallas County's courthouse. This courthouse was built in 1834. It was dismantled prior to 1905 by brick salvagers.

Cahawba was the county seat from 1818 to 1866. This brought a lot of people, business and money into town. When the county seat was moved to Selma in 1866, most of Cahaba's residents moved also.

After the Civil War, the abandoned courthouse became a meeting hall for freedman seeking new political power. Cahaba was known as the "Mecca of the Radical Republican Party." This was shortlived, and by 1879 a steam-powered cotton gin was being operated in this structure.
 
Erected by Alabama Historical Commission.
 
Location. 32° 19.081′ N, 87° 5.778′ W. Marker is in Cahaba, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is on Vine Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orrville AL 36767, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Saltmarsh Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Commissary - R.R. Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Cahaba First State Capital (about 300 feet away,
1818-1866 Dallas County Courthouse Site image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, August 15, 2009
2. 1818-1866 Dallas County Courthouse Site
measured in a direct line); Vine Street (about 300 feet away); Alabama's First Statehouse (about 300 feet away); Cahaba Drug Store (about 400 feet away); Crocheron's Row (about 500 feet away); The Old Brick Store (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cahaba.
 
Also see . . .  Old Cahawba, "Alabama's most famous Ghost Town". (Submitted on October 4, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansAntebellum South, USGovernmentSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,863 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 4, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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