Approximately two hundred earthen survey mounds roughly parallel to the Alabama-Florida boundary once marked the original dividing line between Spanish West Florida and the United States territory, as delineated by Maj. Andrew Ellicott in 1799. Many of them have since been obliterated, and those remaining are not well identified. A comprehensive survey to determine the location of the remaining mounds and an educational campaign to make landowners aware of their significance would facilitate the preservation of these resources.
Alabama's Endangered Historic Landmarks
Each year since 1994, Alabama Heritage has highlighted threatened historic sites throughout Alabama. The “Places in Peril” list has identified more than 215 imperiled historic resources throughout the state, and is compiled by the Alabama Historical Commission and the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation. The locations highlight the results of deferred maintenance, perceived obsolescence, development pressures, and lack of funding—forces that now more than ever threaten our cultural legacy. But awareness is a powerful force, too, and can cultivate a renewed determination to be responsible stewards of our heritage. For more information, visit the AHC or the ATHP websites. Alabama Heritage is proud to bring to you a selection of the places designated as perilous. Please keep your comments to information relevant to the featured place in peril. Alabama Heritage reserves the right to delete any comment that we deem inappropriate.