Michelle and I decided to eat in town. Downtown Prattville, Al. is small. It consists of one major street with maybe 20 businesses. Everything has built out to the east. There is a fountain here along the creek walk, It was erected not long after a major part of the Plant was burned down around by some juveniles. Only one building of the burned portion still stands on the town side of the spillway.
“The Fountain City”
Prattville, is the home of Daniel Pratt, an industrialist and manufacturer of Cotton Gins. His factory located in Prattville, built the gins. The city is full of Artisan Wells, and is called “The Fountain City” as a result. You can see the very large buildings across the spillway, they have been there since around 1850. The water flowing from the spillway gates once powered the factory. A large turbine is left positioned in the location of the burned down building.
“Padlocks of Love”.
While taking the photos, I noticed colorful padlocks attached to the fencing that runs along the small park area. These as I would later learn, are “Padlocks of Love”. They started appearing years ago, after the 2013 film “Now you see me”. Apparently, the movie story at one point, explained a similar arrangement in Paris. There are 4 places in the state of Alabama that have such spontaneous areas of the padlocks, Prattville is one. Some had memorials written for past love ones, or friends. Some were laser engraved with initials, names, and dates of love or passing. Even pets are remembered there. Old, new, colorful padlocks of all shapes and sizes adorn the fence.
As far as the location, paranormal shows have visited the old manufacturing plant and the spillway, where there are reported sightings of “shadow people”. Spirits of those that lost their lives at the factory.
I hope you enjoy the pictures, I apologize for the resolution, but the light was fading as we visited there.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my town, this is where I was a police officer for 7 years. I had just started, when the historic building on the town side of the spillway was burned down by the juveniles.
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