Washington, Alabama

Washington, Alabama
Ghost town
Washington, Alabama is located in Alabama
Washington, Alabama
Washington, Alabama
Location in Alabama.
Coordinates: 32°24′29″N 86°27′32″W / 32.40806°N 86.45889°W / 32.40806; -86.45889Coordinates: 32°24′29″N 86°27′32″W / 32.40806°N 86.45889°W / 32.40806; -86.45889
Country United States
State Alabama
County Autauga
Elevation 121 ft (37 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
GNIS feature ID 147664[1]

Washington is a ghost town located in Autauga County, Alabama on the north bank of the Alabama River, just west of the mouth of Autauga Creek.[2] Washington was founded in 1817 on the site of the former Autauga Indian town of Atagi and named in honor of George Washington. On November 22, 1819, the Alabama territorial legislature chose Washington as the county seat of Autauga County, which it remained until 1830. A courthouse, hotel, jail, post office and pillory were constructed to meet the needs of the county government.[3] The county seat was moved to Kingston in 1830 in order to be closer to the geographic center of the county.[4] Soon after, many citizens began to leave, and Washington was deserted by 1879. The post office in Washington was operated from 1824 to 1854.[5]

Notable native

References

  1. ^ "Washington". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Foscue, Virginia O. (1989). Place Names in Alabama. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. p. 145. ISBN 0-8173-0410-X. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  3. ^ Causey, Donna R. "Indian town Atagi disappears in Autauga County". Alabama Pioneers. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  4. ^ "Autauga County". Autaugaheritage.org. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  5. ^ "Autauga County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 20 November 2014.