Water Avenue

Water Avenue (HMP73)

Location: Selma, AL 36703 Dallas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 24.405', W 87° 1.088'

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Selma's Water Avenue is one of the finest surviving examples of a 19th century riverfront street in the south. Located here are structures which reflect the architectural trends in commercial buildings from 1830 to 1900.

This was the main business artery of one of central Alabama's major commercial centers. During the War Between the States Selma was the Confederacy's most important military depot in the lower south. The arsenal and naval foundry were located here and the St. James Hotel provided housing for officers and personnel. When Federal forces occupied Selma in 1865 all of the war-supporting industries and much of the city were burned. Following the war, cotton speculation created a boom (1870-1890) and new buildings replaced the burned ones.

National Register of Historic Places, 12-2-72
HM NumberHMP73
Placed ByAlabama Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 8:08am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 498294 N 3585522
Decimal Degrees32.40675000, -87.01813333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 24.405', W 87° 1.088'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 24' 24.30" N, 87° 1' 5.28" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11 Washington St, Selma AL 36703, US
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