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By Kevin McKinley
Guest Writer 

Dr. D.D. Cole and his adventures in Eliska


August 22, 2019

Courtesy Photo

Gainestown Landing, viewed from what is now the Eureka side of the river in Monroe County

The Alabama River is a place of rich history and ancient cultures. Native Americans roamed the rivers in a time before the arrival of Europeans and thereafter Europeans mapped and settled the area. Later, as the area became a new frontier for the US, another round of settlers called the area home. It is also likely that men such as William Travis travelled passed Gainestown Landing by river boat as he conducted his profession as an attorney-perhaps with a court hearing in Mobile or elsewhere- before going on to greater fame at the Alamo in Texas.

The area around Gainestown Landing on the C...

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