Historic Markers Across Alabama



Pickett Springs / The Best Public Resort



Marker ID: AHA 
Location: located on the Alabama River Parkway (Montgomery County Road 2120) north of the Northern Boulevard.
County: Montgomery
Coordinates: N 32° 25.805    W 086° 16.537
  32.43008333    -86.27561666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMEPKW
 



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Pickett Springs


Railroad building and amusement park development flourished in the post-bellum South. In 1880s, Western Railroad of Alabama opened Pickett Springs on site of William Harris's plantation, "Forest Farm;" Harris's daughter, Sarah, married A. J. Pickett, Alabama's first historian, and they had their home here until Pickett's death in 1858. Pickett Springs occupied portion of land as community of Chisolm developed nearby. During World War I Champ Sheridan, infantry training ground, supplanted the old park. During 1920s, West Boylston Manufacturing opened large cotton mill and a residential villager in the vicinity.


"The Best Public Resort"


In September 1886, Montgomery Advertiser noted Pickett Springs as the "best public resort." Located four miles north of Montgomery, park offered entertainment and relaxation for citizens who traveled out by train until 1902 when street railway service started. Included in the area were a dance pavilion, refreshment stand, bowling alley, shooting gallery, carousel, flying swing, billiard parlor, scenic car and roller coaster. During summers of early 20th century, Salvation Army conducted fresh-air camps for indigent people. By World War I, Pickett Springs had lost much of its aura as automobiles and movies offered their diversions.







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