Historic Markers Across Alabama



Major General George Washington Goethals' Home — 1888~1907



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Location: on North Wood Avenue north of East Irvine Avenue, Florence, Alabama
County: Lauderdale
Coordinates: N 34° 48.478    W 087° 40.645
  34.80796666    -87.67741666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
 



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Major General George Washington Goethals' Home
1888~1907


The great engineering genius of the Panama Canal lived at this site from 1888 until 1907. As a young lieutenant, Gothals was sent to Florence to speed up the work on the Muscle Shoals Canal Project which effectively by-passed the serious river impediment known as the Muscle Shoals. His successful accomplishment here were considered as an apprenticeship that led to his renowned work in the building of the Panama Canal (1908~1914). Goethals later remarked that his work on the Muscle Shoals Canal loomed far larger in his memory than the canal in Panama.

Erected by Florence Historical Board Florence Alabama.







End of Major General George Washington Goethals' Home — 1888~1907