Courtland in Lawrence County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
A Cotton Kingdom
A combination of rich soil, mild climate and ready access to market via river and later railroad made Courtland an early center of cotton production. From surrounding plantations with colorful names like Bonnie Doone, Oak Grove, Rocky Hill, Albemarle, Hard Bargain, Pond Spring, Dixie, Summerwood, Egypt, Flower Hill and Ingleside thousands of bales were annually shipped to Memphis and New Orleans during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Though production methods have changed, cotton is still an important part of the local economy. The value of cotton to the economy of Lawrence County exceeded $81 million in 1992. (OVER)
Several cotton gins once operated in and around Courtland. The present Servico gin a mile north of town was formed in 1973 through the merger of two older gins once located near the town square--Service Gin and Company Gin. One of the largest gins in the Southeast, Servico can process 35 bales of cotton per hour (one bale weighs 500 pounds). The gin serves farmers from three states. Cotton growers from throughout the world, including China, Russia, Australia, Indian and Africa have toured its modern facilities. (OVER)
Erected 1994 by the Courtland Historical Foundation and Servico.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Courtland AL 35618, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Red Rovers / Red Rovers Roster (within shouting distance of this marker); The African ~ American Experience (within shouting distance of this marker); The Town of Courtland / Early Settlers (within shouting distance of this marker); Courtland's Early Architecture (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Early Roads / One of the South's First Railroads 1832 (about 300 feet away); American Legion - Post 58 (about 400 feet away); Harris-Simpson Home (about 700 feet away); McMahon House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Courtland.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2014, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 487 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 15, 2014, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.