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Fort Decatur (historical), AL

Fort Decatur (historical) is a Military (Historical) in Macon County, Alabama. It has an elevation of 75 meters, or 246 feet.

Degrees Minutes Seconds:
Latitude: 32-27'08'' N
Longitude: 085-52'36'' W

Decimal Degrees:
Latitude: 32.4522222
Longitude: -85.8766667

 
 


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"Yes, Cowles Station is the old train depot later known as Milstead. Fort Decatur is a short distance to the NE on the south bank of the Tallapoosa River." (Submitted Jan. 18, 2017)

"I have family who've been living within 2 miles of Milstead station for 100 years. I've heard of Milstead and Fort Decatur plenty of time in 30+ years of family stories (and personally been to them both), but I've never heard anybody mention Cowles Station. I'm not sure anyone living uses the name anymore." (Submitted Nov. 29, 2016)

"Ft. Decatur, Milstead and Cowles Station are three different places. Ft Decatur is on the Tallapoosa. Milstead is a former post office and train depot. Cowles Station was a flagstop on the former Western Railway of Al. railroad. They are all in the same vicinity, but are three distinctly different locations." (Submitted Jul. 31, 2013)

"Cowles Station was a flagstop on the former Western Railway track. It is east of the old fort, a few hundred yards beyond the trestle spanning Walker Branch." (Submitted Jul. 25, 2013)

"if anyone wants to take the time to look,there is a picture of cowles station in arrowpoints magazine in the archives in montgomery.the building was a lot smaller than fort decater.if anything i believe it was milstead." (Submitted Apr. 5, 2012)

"I am not sure if ft Decatur and Cowles station are the same place. The fort is on a very high bluff and it would be difficult to walk down to the rivers edge. I am going to try to make a "you tube" video of the Ft. Decatur sometime in future. I have always called it fort decatur because of the bronze plaque located on a large stone at the site. If you can get any more information about Cowles, I would like to know. Thanks!!" (Submitted Oct. 23, 2011)

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