Historic Markers Across Alabama

Old Plank Road-Circa 1840's

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: Maple Street at Fletcher Street in Prattville, AL
County: Autauga
Coordinates: N 32° 27.474    W 086° 28.45
  32.4579    -86.47416666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMDZW0


The plank road was constructed of large pine logs, sawed lengthwise and laid round-side down. Daniel Pratt built the road for public benefit and to provide transportation from the Pratt Cotton Gin Factory to Washington on the Alabama River. Over four-miles long, the road cost between eight- and ten-thousand dollars to construct.

Cotton gins from Pratt's factory were shipped all over the globe. Under the name "Continental Eagle," this factory remains the largest cotton gin manufacturer in the world

Erected 2001 by Alabama Historical Association / Historic Prattville Redevelopment Authority.

End of Old Plank Road-Circa 1840's