Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Major General George Washington Goethals’ Home
The great engineering genius of the Panama Canal lived at this site from 1888 until 1907. As a young lieutenant, Gothals was sent to Florence to speed up the work on the Muscle Shoals Canal Project which effectively by~passed the serious river impediment known as the Muscle Shoals. His successful accomplishments here were considered as an apprenticeship that led to his renowned work in the building of the Panama Canal (1908~1914). Goethals later remarked that his work on the Muscle Shoals Canal loomed far larger in his memory than the canal in Panama.
Erected by Florence Historical Board.
Location. 34° 48.478′ N, 87° 40.645′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on North Wood Avenue north of East Irvine Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at the street in front of the house. Marker is at or near this postal address: 629 North Wood Avenue, Florence AL 35630, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George H. Carroll Lion Habitat (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Locust Dell Academy (about 500 feet away); Wesleyan Hall 1855 (about Wesleyan Bell (about 600 feet away); Florence State Teachers College (about 600 feet away); Coffee High School (about 600 feet away); 1st Lt. Chadwick McFall Barber (about 700 feet away); World War I Memorial Trees (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
Also see . . . George Washington Goethals. (Submitted on March 25, 2010.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 1,428 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on June 2, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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