Historic Markers Across Alabama

City of Jackson

Marker ID: ATD 
Location: 350 Commerce St, Jackson, AL
County: Clarke
Coordinates: N 31° 30.465    W 087° 53.753
  31.50775    -87.89588333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMV5XP


City of Jackson

Side 1

First home of Creek and Choctaw Indians, Jackson's first pioneer settlers arrived about 1800. The little village was first called Republicville, then Pine Level, before its incorporation by an act of the Mississippi Territory Legislature in 1816. It was then named Jackson, after President Andrew Jackson, who was also a popular general. A plat of the town was drawn up and plots were advertised all over the South. Some of the street names, notably Commerce, Florida, Carrol and Broad, are still in existence. The town sprang up overnight and had a population of 1,500. The town made a brief decline before the coming of the railroad, in 1888, spurred Jackson's second growth. A drawbridge span was built over the Tombigbee River when the Mobile to Birmingham Railway was constructed. With the railroad came the timbermen. The Bigbee Lumber Co., C. W. Zimmerman Manufacturing Co., Bolen Brothers, Hemphill, McGowin and Slayton, McCorquodale Brothers, and M. W. Smith were all sawmill concerns.

Side 2
Ochre Mining was another big business in Jackson. The clay material was used for pottery, bricks, paint, fertilizer and more. The name of Ochre Avenue is the last remnant of Sample-Williams Clay and Color Company, which shipped ochre all over the U. S. Jackson was selected as site of the First Congressional District's Agricultural College in 1896. The street that runs north and south through a large part of Jackson is named"College Avenue” in honor of the school. A building that became Jackson High School was built on the site in 1935. That building burned in 1984.

Erected the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Jackson.

End of City of Jackson