Montgomery, Alabama, USA - 1854 - Montgomery
Montgomery, a flourishing city, capital of the State of Alabama, and scat of justice of Montgomery co., is situated on the left bank of the Alabama river, 331 miles by water from Mobile. It is 197 miles by the road N. E. from Mobile, and 839 miles from Washington. Lat. 32° 21' N. Lon., 80° 25' W. Montgomery is the second city of the state in respect to trade and population, and is one of the most flourishing inland towns of the Southern States. It possesses great facilities for communication with the surrounding country. The Alabama river is one of the best in the Union for steamboat navigation. As it is never closed by ice, and very rarely affected by drought, large steamers ascend from Mo bile to this place at all seasons of the year. The Coosa river is navigable for large steam boats to Wetumpka. The Montgomery and West Point railroad, of which this city is the W. terminus, leads to Atlanta, in Georgia. Another railroad has been commenced which will connect the city with some point on Mobile bay. Plank-roads are in course of construction to the Tennessee river and to Tuscaloosa. The cotton shipped at this place annually amounts to 75,000 bales. The city has 1 bank and 6 newspaper offices. The public records and offices were removed from Tuscaloosa to Montgomery in November, 1847. The new state-house was destroyed by fire in December, 1849 ; another was erected on the same site and completed in 1851. Population in 1850, 4935; in 1853, estimated at 7000.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
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