Irish-born James Jackson, engineer, turfman, merchant, financier, planter, statesman, member of the Cypress Land Company, was a founding father of Florence. He was the major figure in establishing the local textile industry. As President of the Alabama Senate, he was its key advocate of the 1832 Treaty of Cusetta.
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James Jackson's most enduring contribution was his legacy on the thoroughbred horse industry. With the purpose of improving American bloodstock. Jackson imported some of England's finest horses, most notably Leviathan, Gallopade, and Glencoe. Peytona, bred at the Forks, in 1843 won the Peyton Stakes, the flushest purse ever, and the Race between the North and South, for which she walked 1,200 miles to Long Island. Reel, the leading American broodmare of the 19th century, was another Forks-bred horse. Both were daughters of Glencoe, as was Pocahontas, England's all-time pre-eminent broodmare. Jackson's greatest horse was the immortal stallion Glencoe who led the Stud Brook eight years, "a truly epochal animal such as appears only at rare intervals and with whom only a scattering few others of all time deserve to be ranked." — James Hervey, Racing in AmericanHis successful progeny insured such prevalence of the line that by mid-20th century virtually no thoroughbred in the world could be found who did not descend from Glencoe of the Forks of Cypress
|Placed By||Erected by the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Athens|
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|Date Added||Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 11:16pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 433713 N 3856374|
|Decimal Degrees||34.84753333, -87.72506667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 34° 50.852', W 87° 43.504'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||34° 50' 51.12" N, 87° 43' 30.24" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 4901-4999 Co Rd 41, Florence AL 35633, US|
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