Tallassee in Tallapoosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
History of Tallassee
by Bill Goss
This land belonged to the Creek (Muskogee) Indians, who had lived in the Tallassee area for hundreds of years, until their removal in 1836. Benjamin Hawkins, the Creek Indian Agent for the U.S. government, visited the Creek Indians in 1798 in the Tallassee area. He saw the great falls of the Tallapoosa River. He predicted that because of the river, the falls and an abundance of rock, elements existed for building a large city at the falls. In less than fifty years, his prophecy was fulfilled. No definite date can be given for the founding of Tallassee, but evidence shows that it was certainly in existence in 1835. Prior to 1832, very few families had settled in the Tallassee region. During 1837-1840, groups of settlers came into central Alabama and the Tallassee area from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. During this period, a thriving new town was built of native wood and stone on the west bluff of the lower Tallapoosa River. It was called Tallassee.
Erected by Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Tallassee.
Location. 32° 32.046′ N, 85° 53.095′ W. Marker is in Tallassee, Alabama, in Tallapoosa County. Marker is on Central Boulevard (Alabama Route 14) 0.1 miles west of Freeman Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located behind Tallassee Community Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 99 Freeman Avenue, Tallassee AL 36078, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tallassee Vietnam War Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tukabahchi (about 400 feet away); Tallassee Armory Brigadier General Birkett Davenport Fry, CSA / Tallassee Confederate Officers Quarters (approx. half a mile away); Tukabatchee / Tokvpvcce (approx. 4 miles away); Franklin's Educational Legacy (approx. 6.6 miles away); Site of Thaddeus Post Office (approx. 6.8 miles away); George Stiggins (approx. 9.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tallassee.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 582 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 18, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 3, 4. submitted on December 26, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.