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Demopolis in Marengo County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Whitfield Canal

 
 
Whitfield Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 12, 2010
1. Whitfield Canal Marker
Inscription. Drainage canal constructed between 1845 and 1863 by slaves of General Nathan Bryan Whitfield, builder of Gaineswood, to prevent water from overflowing and flooding his plantation. The water from 2,070 acres south and east of Gaineswood originally followed a 17 mile course to reach the Tombigbee River. The canal, approximately 1 mile long in some places more than 30 feet deep, quickly diverts this surface water into the river at Demopolis.
 
Erected 1974 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 32° 30.459′ N, 87° 50.27′ W. Marker is in Demopolis, Alabama, in Marengo County. Marker is at the intersection of South Walnut Avenue and West Morgan Street, on the left when traveling north on South Walnut Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Demopolis AL 36732, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gaineswood (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Leo’s Catholic Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Demopolis Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Demopolis Theater District
Whitfield Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 12, 2010
2. Whitfield Canal Marker
(approx. 0.7 miles away); The Demopolis Opera House / Lillian Hellman And (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. ¾ mile away); Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Demopolis.
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USWaterways & Vessels
 
Whitfield Canal image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 12, 2010
3. Whitfield Canal
Gaineswood image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 12, 2010
4. Gaineswood
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 971 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 15, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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