Historic Markers Across Alabama

A Prison Chimney?

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Location: Marker can be reached from Capitol Avenue near Vine Street, Cahaba, Alabama
County: Dallas
Coordinates: N 32° 18.984    W 087° 5.76
  32.3164    -87.096
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


This engraving of the Union Prison at Cahaba was published in 1877 by Benson J. Lossing. The stockade had already been removed, so the details of the brick structure are visible.

The artist apparently was in a boat in the Alabama River, behind you to your right. He did record a chimney in this area.

Experts believe that the chimney standing before you today was built at a much later date. What do you think?

End of A Prison Chimney?