Childersburg in Talladega County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
History Of Childersburg
Childersburg traces its heritage to the Coosa Indian village located in the area. DeSoto, accompanied by 600 men, began his march across North America in June 1539. Traveling from Tampa Bay, Florida, northward through what became the Southeastern United States, DeSoto's expedition began searching for riches. Upon entering the area that would become Alabama, DeSoto and his men marched southward along the Tennessee River to Tali. From Tali, they marched to the banks of the Coosa River. In the middle of July 1540, the conquistadors reached the empire of the great Coosa. On July 16, 1540, the army of Spaniards entered the town of Coca (Coosa) located on the east bank of the river between two creeks, now known as Talladega and Tallaseehatchee. The young chief of the Coosas greeted DeSoto. For approximately a month, these invaders enjoyed the hospitality of the chief and his tribe, receiving an offer of land to establish a Spanish colony. After offering reasons for not accepting, the Spaniards departed Coosa in August 1540, leaving behind members of the expedition.
The report of the 1939 DeSoto Commission, authorized by the U.S. Congress and chaired by John R. Swanton, irrevocably stated the site of Coca was the area in proximity to the present town of Childersburg. Dr. Walter B. Jones, Secretary of
Erected 2010 by The Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Childersburg.
Location. 33° 16.718′ N, 86° 21.221′ W. Marker is in Childersburg, Alabama, in Talladega County. Marker is at the intersection of 1st Street Southwest (State Highway 76) and 6th Avenue Southwest, on the right when traveling east on 1st Street Southwest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Childersburg AL 35044, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. De Soto's Visit (approx. 0.3 miles away); The De Soto Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Coosa (approx. 2.1 miles away); DeSoto Caverns (approx. 4.8 miles away); Harpersville Garden of Memories (approx. 6.3 miles away); Historic Harpersville Confederate Forts (approx. 7.1 miles away); Stars Fell On Alabama / Hodges Meteorite (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Childersburg.
Also see . . .
1. History of Childersburg. (Submitted on July 27, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
2. Hernando de Soto From Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 27, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
3. Childersburg "the oldest city in America". Childersburg uses the promotional slogan "the oldest city in America" based on its possible location along the route Hernando de Soto and his men took through the Southeast. (Submitted on October 22, 2013, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 741 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 27, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. 10. submitted on October 22, 2013, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.