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

Water Avenue

 
 
Water Avenue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 6, 2010
1. Water Avenue Marker
Inscription. Selma’s Water Avenue is one of the finest surviving examples of a 19th century riverfront street in the south. Located here are structures which reflect the architectural trends in commercial buildings from 1830 to 1900.

This was the main business artery of one of central Alabama’s major commercial centers. During the War Between the States Selma was the Confederacy’s most important military depot in the lower south. The arsenal and naval foundry were located here and the St. James Hotel provided housing for officers and personnel. When Federal forces occupied Selma in 1865 all of the war-supporting industries and much of the city were burned. Following the war, cotton speculation created a boom (1870-1890) and new buildings replaced the burned ones.

National Register of Historic Places, 12-2-72
 
Erected by Alabama Historical Commission.
 
Location. 32° 24.405′ N, 87° 1.088′ W. Marker is in Selma, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Avenue and Washington Street, on the right when traveling east on Water Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Selma AL 36703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. This Tablet Commemorates the Visit of Lafayette
Water Avenue Marker on the right in the shadow image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 6, 2010
2. Water Avenue Marker on the right in the shadow
(here, next to this marker); St. James Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Selma-Dallas County’s 1st Bridge 1884-1940 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Selma Movement (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); 'Bloody Sunday' Attack at Edmund Pettus Bridge / U.S. Congress Approves Voting Rights Act of 1965 (about 300 feet away); Edmund Pettus Bridge (about 400 feet away); The Sleeping Prophet (about 600 feet away); Sgt Robert Weakley Patton (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Selma.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil
 
Water Avenue and The St. James Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 6, 2010
3. Water Avenue and The St. James Hotel
Example of Buildings Along Water Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 6, 2010
4. Example of Buildings Along Water Avenue
Example of Buildings Along Water Avenue (Right Side of The Bridge) image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 6, 2010
5. Example of Buildings Along Water Avenue (Right Side of The Bridge)
The Backside of the Buildings Along Water Avenue Hanging on the banks of the Alabama River image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 6, 2010
6. The Backside of the Buildings Along Water Avenue Hanging on the banks of the Alabama River
North of the Edmund Pettus Bridge
The Backside of the Buildings Along Water Avenue Hanging on the banks of the Alabama River image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 6, 2010
7. The Backside of the Buildings Along Water Avenue Hanging on the banks of the Alabama River
South of the Edmund Pettus Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 7, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 848 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 7, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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