Historic Markers Across Alabama



Gainestown



Marker ID:  
Location: 16341 Walker Springs Road, Gainestown, AL
County: Clarke
Coordinates: N 31° 26.741    W 087° 41.608
  31.44568333    -87.69346666
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None
 



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Gainestown


Founded in 1809 by George Strother Gaines as Choctaw-Creek Indian Trading Post on Alabama River, now Gainestown Landing. Here lived Alabama Indians for whom State & River named. At Battle of Maubila De Soto's hogs escaped, from whence came first hogs throughout U.S. In heyday of steamboats Gainestown was largest river port between Mobile & Selma and the center of cattle, cotton & truck farming in South Alabama. Gainestown furnished secession delegate for Clarke County & Master Mechanic for construction of Confederate submarine Hunley. Every male from 16 to 60 served the Confederacy. Here were born some of most prominent people of Alabama, including father & wife of Gov. Gayle.

Clarke County Historical Society.







End of Gainestown