Brewton in Escambia County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Burnt Corn Park Cistern
This tank was used to hold water for the City of Brewton Electric Light and Water Works Fire Protection System and was built circa early 1890's. This location was originally the Blacksher Miller Lumber Company, which became Foshee & McGowin Lumber in 1899. The Lovelace Brothers bought the mill in 1900.
There were other tanks and wells within the site used to support fire control as well. Fire was a huge issue for lumber mills as many of them in the area had fires over the years which destroyed their facilities.
There were at least three wells dug and were used to constantly feed the water level in this tank. One well is just down the embankment from the back wall of the tank structure and it still flows today out of a vertical cast iron pipe.
There would have been a hose reel house close by the tank. Notice the old brick foundation across the walk path from this location. The Sanborn Map of 1898 shows a small hose reel house, possibly housing a pump as well. The tank is shown at this particular location with three springs feeding it.
Erected 2012 by the City of Brewton.
Location. Touch for map. The marker and cistern is located within Jennings Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: Persimmon Street, Brewton AL 36426, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ritz Theater (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bank of Brewton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Escambia County Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Hart Station (approx. ¼ mile away); The Leigh Place (approx. ¼ mile away); Union Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Franklin Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Downing-Shofner School (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brewton.
Also see . . . Brewton Standard newspaper article on finding of cistern. (Submitted on April 24, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 24, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 219 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 24, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.