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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Tuscumbia, Alabama

Clickable Map of Colbert County, Alabama and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Colbert County, AL (107) Franklin County, AL (19) Lauderdale County, AL (239) Lawrence County, AL (59) Tishomingo County, MS (30)  ColbertCounty(107) Colbert County (107)  FranklinCounty(19) Franklin County (19)  LauderdaleCounty(239) Lauderdale County (239)  LawrenceCounty(59) Lawrence County (59)  TishomingoCountyMississippi(30) Tishomingo County (30)
Tuscumbia is the county seat for Colbert County
Tuscumbia is in Colbert County
      Colbert County (107)  
      Franklin County (19)  
      Lauderdale County (239)  
      Lawrence County (59)  
      Tishomingo County, Mississippi (30)  
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1 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — “William Mansel Long, Sr. Memorial Drive”
William Mansel Long. Sr. was a native of Tuscumbia. Alabama whose accomplishments make the citizens of Tuscumbia proud; he • served as President of the Colbert County Voters League from 1945-1987 • was awarded Senior Citizen of the . . . Map (db m234729) HM
2 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — American Indian History
Side 1 Oka Kapassa (Ococoposa), meaning "Cold Water", was the Chickasaw name given to Spring Creek and to a trading post established near the Tennessee River about 1780. About 1817, Michael Dickerson and others were greeted at what by . . . Map (db m83393) HM
3 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — At This Well
Annie Sullivan Macy revealed the mystery of language to seven year old Helen Keller by spelling the word W-A-T-E-R into her hand as water flowed over the other handMap (db m106094) HM
4 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Belle Mont
Built between 1828 and 1832, Belle Mont is a foremost example of Jeffersonian Palladian Architecture in the deep south and one of Alabama's first great plantation houses. It was build for Dr. Alexander W. Mitchell, a native of Virginia, and a . . . Map (db m29561) HM
5 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Colbert County Confederate Memorial
[Front] A tribute to the Confederate soldiers of Colbert County by the Tuscumbia Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy 1911 [Side] The men were right who wore the gray and right can never die "The . . . Map (db m192073) WM
6 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Colbert County Courthouse Square District
22 structures, first Northwest Alabama historic district placed on National Register of Historic Places (1973): Courthouse, erected 1881, shows Italianate and Greek Revival influences. Fifth Street, Commercial Row, seven adjoining brick structures . . . Map (db m28584) HM
7 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Colbert County Gulf War Memorial
In honor of these Gulf War veterans who gave the ultimate sacrificeMap (db m192060) WM
8 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Colbert County Korean War Memorial
. . . Map (db m192068) WM
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9 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Colbert County Persian Gulf War Memorial
Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm Persian Gulf War 1990-1991 In honor of Major Barry Keith Henderson • Senior Airman Ramono Levias Poole "There is no one more elevated, more committed to hard work of freedom, than every . . . Map (db m192072) WM
10 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Colbert County Vietnam War Memorial
Vietnam 1961-1975 In honor of Thomas E. Askew • Ananias Bentford • William E. Berryman • Donald E. Boston • Doris W. Clark • Jimmy R. Clark • Thomas M. Dillard • Earl D. Dillworth Jr. • Robert Eggleston • John Emmons Jr. • James L. . . . Map (db m192071) WM
11 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Colbert County World War I Memorial — April 6, 1917 — November 11, 1918
In honor of Andrew Bevis • Joe W. Cooke • James R. Crowe • Henry J. Dawson • John W. Dobbs • Hollis W. Gaisser • Louis Goldstein • Claude M. Graham • Ulysses H. Kent • Roy McClinton • Sank McLendon • John H. Oldham • George McFall Jr. • . . . Map (db m192063) WM
12 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Colbert County World War II Memorial
1941 1945 G. E. Anglin • J. W. Azbell • J. J. Baker • W. C. Bradford • M. J. Bryan Jr. • E. H. Buchanan Jr. • P. B. Burgess • J. E. Campbell • E. D. Carson • J. V. Chapman Jr. • F. Coburn • R. O. Collum • W. L. Conner • J. H. Cossey • J. E. . . . Map (db m192065) WM
13 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Cold Water Falls
World's Largest Man-Made Natural Stone Waterfall to be known in existence 80 feet wide, 48 feet tall 1,780 tons of Colbert County Sandstone 4,320,000 gallons of water per day passes over falls Largest stone weights 77,000 pounds 120 days . . . Map (db m83394) HM
14 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Ethel Davis Plaza — In Memory of — Ethel Davis, Artist —
1896-1968 Ethel Davis' vision and determination to enhance the quality of life in the Shoals through support and encouragement of the arts led to the foundation of the Tennessee Valley Art Association in 1963. The following year the City of . . . Map (db m83395) HM
15 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — First Baptist Church
This congregation was organized in July 1823 as Concord Church, later known as Union Church, then as Tuscumbia Baptist. Jeremiah Burns was the first pastor. It began meeting at this site about 1845 in a plain wooden building. The New England-style . . . Map (db m28564) HM
16 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church was organized April 13, 1824, by Scots-Irish settlers. The sanctuary, erected in 1827, is the oldest in continuous use in Alabama. Its Georgian Gothic style remains essentially unchanged. The brick walls are laid in . . . Map (db m40429) HM
17 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Gov. Robert Burns Lindsay / Maud McKnight Lindsay
Gov. Robert Burns Lindsay July 4, 1824 - February 13, 1902 A native of Lochmaben, Scotland, Robert Burns Lindsay was Alabama's only foreign-born governor. He immigrated to North Carolina in 1844 and relocated to Tuscumbia in 1849, where he . . . Map (db m229461) HM
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18 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — History of Tuscumbia, Alabama
(Obverse): The area around the Big Spring was inhabited by prehistoric Native Americans as early as 10,000 years ago. The first settlement was a French trading post and Indian village about 1780 on Cold Water Creek (Spring Creek) near the . . . Map (db m83396) HM
19 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Howell Thomas Heflin — 1921~2005
Howell Thomas Heflin retired from a lifetime of distinguished public service in 1997, having served Alabama in the U.S. Senate for three consecutive terms. There he was known as a national leader on judicial, agricultural, defense, and space issues. . . . Map (db m28586) HM
20 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Ivy Green — Birthplace of Helen Keller
The Family Home of Captain Arthur M. & Kate Adams Keller was built 1820, being the second house erected in Tuscumbia. Here on June 27, 1880 was born America's First Lady of Courage Helen Adams KellerMap (db m29089) HM
21 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Jackson's Military Road
After the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, General Andrew Jackson proposed this road as a shorter and improved route for military movements between Nashville and New Orleans. The U.S. War Department authorized Jackson to appoint an engineer and . . . Map (db m83401) HM
22 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Judge Charles Womble — (1818-1876)
Born in Tennessee on October 22, 1818, Charles Womble was the son of Amos and Sarah (Jarman) Womble. By 1850, Womble owned a farm near the town of Frankfort, which he helped select as the new seat of government for Franklin County, Alabama. Involved . . . Map (db m192076) HM
23 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Locust Hill
Built in 1823 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m192081) HM
24 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Never Forget Garden
This garden is a living tribute to all of America's veterans and their families. In silence and respect, this is a place to remember why millions of Americans have fought and died for our liberty and our freedom. Here we renew our . . . Map (db m192077) WM
25 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Petrified Conifer Tree / Petrified Lycopod Tree Stump
Plaque A 85-90 Million Years Old Possibly a Bald Cypress from the Cretaceous Period or the Age of Dinosaurs Plaque B 325 Million Years Old A Member of the Giant Club Mosses from the early Coal AgeMap (db m29287) HM
26 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Sacred Tears — By Branko Medenica — September 19, 2003 —
Panel 1 Tuscumbia and much of the Shoals area played an integral part in the "Trail of Tears" with the Tennessee River route and the overland routes. In 1825, the U.S. Government formally adopted a removal policy, which was carried out . . . Map (db m83403) HM
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27 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Shady Dell — Colbert County
This home was built in 1920 for Dr. and Mrs. A. W. Davis and is located in the Tuscumbia Historic District, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The doctor came to Tuscumbia in 1903 to serve the African American . . . Map (db m216625) HM
28 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — St. John's Episcopal Church
This congregation was organized in the 1830's, with services being held in private homes and the Methodist meeting house. The present building was first used in October 1852 and completed the following year. During the Civil War, Union troops . . . Map (db m28422) HM
29 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — 99 — The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Alabama
Musicians have long crossed the Alabama -Mississippi border to perform and record. Mississippians such as Albert King, Little Milton, and Pops Staples recorded at studios in Muscle Shoals and Sheffield, including those owned by Mississippi natives . . . Map (db m50652) HM
30 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — The Challenge / The Response
The Challenge "Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no preventable blindness; no little deaf, blind child untaught; no blind man or woman unaided? I appeal to you Lions, you who have sight, your hearing, you who are strong . . . Map (db m108373) HM
31 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — The Moon Tree
The Moon Tree was grown from seeds that journeyed to the moon and back aboard Apollo 14 during the period of January 31-February 9, 1971. The seed was germinated by the U.S. Forest Service in Gulfport, Mississippi, and the seedling was presented to . . . Map (db m108374) HM
32 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — The Purple Heart / Military Order of the Purple Heart
The Purple Heart This monument is dedicated to those soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen and Coast Guardsmen from Colbert County, Alabama who were wounded in combat or killed in action. Military Order of the Purple Heart . . . Map (db m192058) WM
33 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Trenholm High School
(side 1) Formal education for Tuscumbia’s African American children began in 1870 at the Freedman School taught by Judge Wingo and his daughter in a church at the foot of the hill. In July 1877, the Osborne Colored Academy was established . . . Map (db m80944) HM
34 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Tuscumbia Big Spring
Big Spring (average daily flow 35,000,000 gallons) provided water for town founded on its banks. Michael Dickson of Tennessee was first settler (about 1817). Town laid out in 1819 and incorporated as Ococoposo (Cold Water, 1820). Name changed to . . . Map (db m83453) HM
35 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Tuscumbia Railway First Railroad west of Alleghenies
First Railroad west of Alleghenies 1832 ~ begun here; completed to Decatur, 45 miles east, in 1834. Cotton shipped by this line around nearby Muscle Shoals, then by boat down Tennessee ~ Mississippi R to world markets. 1851 ~ expanded to . . . Map (db m28413) HM
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36 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Tuscumbia's Oakwood Cemetery
This burial ground was designated on General John Coffee's 1817 survey and original map "Plan of a Town at the Coldwater Spring." The oldest tombstone carries the burial date 1821 and the cemetery contains graves of veterans from all wars beginning . . . Map (db m28567) HM
37 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — U. S. Army M60A3 Main Battle Tank
Obtained from Ft. Rucker, AL by American Legion Post No. 31 April 28, 1999 *Weapons: 105 mm rifled cannon. 7.62 mm and .50 caliber machine guns. *Engine: 750 hp. 12 cylinder air-cooled diesel. *Crew-4 men: Weight-107.900 lb.: Speed-30 mph: . . . Map (db m107646) HM
38 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — William Winston Home
Construction on the home which became the center building of Deshler High School was begun in 1824 by Clark T. Barton. William Winston purchased and completed the Georgian-style dwelling in 1833. The largest remaining antebellum house in Tuscumbia, . . . Map (db m28565) HM
39 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Winston Cemetery
The Winston family settled this area in the early 1820s. Andrew Jackson purchased the property at the U.S. government land sale and conveyed it to Col. Anthony Winston (1782-1841) who lived nearby in a two-story brick Federal-style house (razed . . . Map (db m28566) HM
40 Alabama, Colbert County, Tuscumbia — Yellow Fever Epidemic 1878 / The 31 Victims of Yellow Fever Who died in Tuscumbia
Side AYellow Fever Epidemic 1878 Taking 31 Lives in Tuscumbia Citizen's Relief Committee: F.H. Aydlett, H.M. Finley, J.J. Davis, James Jackson, Chm. J.W. Rand Jr., F.A. Ross, J.N. Sampson, Sec. and C. A. Womble. . . . Map (db m29263) HM
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Feb. 28, 2024