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Josephine in Baldwin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Josephine

 
 
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By David J Gaines, January 15, 2012
1. Josephine Marker
Inscription. In 1841, Raphael Semmes acquired farmland at the head of this bayou. The new homestead was named Prospect Hill. Several of Semmes’ colleagues from the Pensacola Navy Yard obtained nearby property and established “a very nice colony of nautical farmers”. The inlet became known as Semmes Bayou.

In 1881, the first post office was established with Amos Ross as postmaster. The settlement was then named for Ross’ daughter, Josephine.

In 1898, the McPherson family acquired the Semmes property and built the Mexiwana Hotel. Semmes Bayou became McPherson Bayou. The inlet became known as Roberts Bayou after McPherson’s death in 1925. (Back):
The Baldwin County Historic Development Commission was petitioned for Historic Site Designation, pursuant to authority conveyed by Act No. 80-497, as amended by Act 89-960, and during their August 11, 2009 regular meeting, the Baldwin County Historic Development Commission approved the designation of Josephine as a Historic Site in Baldwin County Alabama.
 
Erected 2009 by Baldwin County Historic Development Commission.
 
Location. 30° 19.635′ N, 87° 32.121′ W. Marker is in Josephine, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker is on Josephine Drive
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By David J Gaines, January 15, 2012
2. Josephine Marker, back
, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is located in a smal park. Marker is in this post office area: Elberta AL 36530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Orange Beach Community Cemetery (approx. 1.9 miles away); Daphne United Methodist Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Orange Beach, Alabama (approx. 3.4 miles away); City of Foley (approx. 10.4 miles away); City of Foley Camellia Walk (approx. 10.4 miles away); Cobb's Light (approx. 10.4 miles away); Gulf Shores Community (approx. 10.8 miles away); Vicinity of Salt Works and Camp Anderson (approx. 12.2 miles away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Josephine Marker image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, January 15, 2012
3. Josephine Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 29, 2012, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 799 times since then and 48 times this year. Last updated on February 23, 2014, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 29, 2012, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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