Sheffield in Colbert County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
History of Sheﬃeld
Prehistoric man arrived in this area bout 10,000 years ago.
Later Indian cultures left many stone artifacts and pottery vessels.
In the 1780s, a French trading post and Indian village were located near the mouth of Spring Creek. The town of York Bluff was laid out in 1820 and Andrew Jackson bought land for a plantation. A few houses and a store were built but that "town" dwindled away. In 1832, the first railroad in the state terminated at Tuscumbia Landing near Spring Creek. Large bands of Cherokees and Creeks left there on the Trail of Tears during the forced Indian Removal of the 1830s.
During the Civil War, opposing armies often marched through the area and the river bridge was burned. In 1883, Alfred Moses and Walter Gordon purchased 2,700 acres of land and created the Sheffield Land, Iron, and Coal company to hold a land sale and build an industrial city. The city, named in honor of Sheffield, England, was incorporated in 1885, with Moses as mayor. Five blast furnaces were erected on Furnace Hill and operated until 1926.
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Sheffield became a railroad center with lines running in four directions and the Southern Railroad shops provided many jobs.
Electric streetcars (1904-1933) connected Sheffield to
Erected 2010 by Erected By The Alabama Tourism Department And The City of Sheffield.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
Location. 34° 45.664′ N, 87° 41.912′ W. Marker is in Sheffield, Alabama, in Colbert County. Marker is on N. Montgomery Avenue near W 3rd St and N. Montgomery Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sheffield AL 35660, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Percy Sledge/Producer Quin Ivy (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Singing River Sculpture (about 600 feet away); President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (approx. 0.2 miles away); Furnace Hill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sheffield Colored School/Sterling High School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Winston Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Village One (approx. 1½ miles away); At This Well (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sheffield.
Also see . . . Biography of Alfred Huger Moses, Industrial Visionary. On the American Jewish Historical Society web site. (Submitted on September 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers •
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