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Bainbridge in Decatur County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The J.D. Chason Memorial Park / The J.D. Chason Memorial Park History

 
 
Side 1: The J.D. Chason Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 16, 2012
1. Side 1: The J.D. Chason Memorial Park
Inscription. (Side 1):
The J.D. Chason Memorial Park

The J.D. Chason Memorial Park stands a permanent honor in memory of the late Doctor J.D. Chason. Members of his immediate family graciously presented it on December 29, 1921 to the city of Bainbridge. It is an historic location and is about two acres in size. The use of it is restricted to Park purposes.

(Side 2):
The J.D. Chason Memorial Park History

The J.D. Chason Memorial Park is an historic location. It was here that DeSoto and his men crossed the Flint River over three centuries ago. The El Camino Real, the King’s Highway, also crossed the grounds. Located within the Park is the site of Fort Hughes, built in 1817 by U.S. Soldiers under command of Capt. John M. McIntosh, and the grave of the first soldier, Bugler Hughes, killed in the Seminole Indian War.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
 
Location. 30° 54.479′ N, 84° 34.722′ W. Marker is in Bainbridge, Georgia, in Decatur County. Marker is on West Jackson Street 0 miles west of North Florida Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bainbridge GA 39817, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Side 2: The J.D. Chason Memorial Park History Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 16, 2012
2. Side 2: The J.D. Chason Memorial Park History Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Scott Memorial (here, next to this marker); General Andrew Jackson Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); The Second Creek War and Removal in the Decatur County Area (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Fowltown (within shouting distance of this marker); Decatur County During the Creek and Seminole Wars Era (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Seminole War in Decatur County (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Hughes (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Decatur County (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bainbridge.
 
More about this marker. The marker is in the style of the markers erected by the Works Progress Administration in the late 1930s, but without the identification and numbering found on those markers.
 
Categories. ExplorationForts, CastlesRoads & VehiclesWars, US Indian
 
Side 1: The J.D. Chason Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 16, 2012
3. Side 1: The J.D. Chason Memorial Park
Three 32 pound cannon were obtained from Fort Clinch, Florida, in 1882 to mark the sites of Fort Hughes, Fort Scott, and Camp Recovery. The Fort Scott cannon was moved to J.D. Chason Park when the Jim Woodruff Reservoir was constructed in 1952; it is in the foreground. In the background, past the marker, is the cannon marking the site of Fort Hughes.
Side 2: The J.D. Chason Memorial Park History Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 16, 2012
4. Side 2: The J.D. Chason Memorial Park History Marker
Seen from West Jackson Street
Side 2: The J.D. Chason Memorial Park History Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 16, 2012
5. Side 2: The J.D. Chason Memorial Park History Marker
This plaque, mounted on the wall below the marker, notes that the park was re-landscaped in 1993 by the City of Bainbridge, the Azalea Garden Club, and the Federated Garden Clubs of Bainbridge.
Fort Hughes Memorial image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 16, 2012
6. Fort Hughes Memorial
The 32 pound cannon marking the site of Fort Hughes stands just west of the marker (the Fort Scott Memorial stands just east).
 
 
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