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Decatur in Morgan County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

A County Older Than The State, Morgan County

 
 
A County Older Than The State, Morgan County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, February 20, 2010
1. A County Older Than The State, Morgan County Marker
Inscription. Alabama Territorial Legislature created this county in 1818 from lands ceded by Cherokee Indians in 1816. County first named Cotaco, for large creek in county.

Named Morgan County in 1821 for Maj. Gen. Daniel Morgan, Revolutionary hero, winner over British at Battle of Cowpens. County was often invaded by both armies in War between the States.

Until 1891 county seat at Somerville. Then county seat moved to Decatur. Named for Stephen Decatur, naval hero against Tripoli pirates and in War of 1812.
 
Erected 1958 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 34° 36.455′ N, 86° 59.045′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Alabama, in Morgan County. Marker is on Cain Street Northeast west of Ferry Street Northeast, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located on the northside of the Morgan County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur AL 35601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War in Vietnam (within shouting distance of this marker); World War One (within shouting distance of this marker); Korean War (within shouting distance of this marker); First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); “A Hard Nut To Crack” - Federal Defenses at Decatur (approx. 0.3 miles away); To Commemorate the Passage of The Olympic Torch (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Decatur Historic District/Old State Bank (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historic Downtown/Founders Park (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Decatur.
 
Additional comments.
A County Older Than The State, Morgan County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, February 20, 2010
2. A County Older Than The State, Morgan County Marker

1. Marker to be Refurbished.
The Alabama Historical Association has just awarded Morgan County a historical marker grant to refurbish the marker by giving it a fresh coat of paint, new gold-leaf applied to the lettering, and the marker will sit atop a new pole when the refurbishment is complete. The marker will be shipped to Marietta, Ohio, to be refurbished by SEWAH Studios, which made the original marker in 1958. The work will take between 12 and 16 months and officials hope to unveil the refurbished marker during the county’s bicentennial next year.
    — Submitted April 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar of 1812War, US Civil
 
The Morgan County Couthouse of 1837-1891 Somerville, Alabama. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, February 20, 2010
3. The Morgan County Couthouse of 1837-1891 Somerville, Alabama.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 20, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,418 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 20, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   2, 3. submitted on February 21, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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