The Alabama River Museum near Franklin, AL

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The Alabama River Museum is part of the Monroe County Heritage Museums.  It is located on the east bank of the Alabama River at the Claiborne Lock and Dam in Monroe County (GPS coordinates N31.615500,W87.548306).

The Alabama River Museum has a collection of ancient fossils and Native American artifacts found in Monroe County which provides insight about life during early times.  The museum’s collection spans thousands of years from pre-history tribes to the Creek Indians who were located in Monroe County until the Removal of 1834 by President Andrew Jackson, better known as the Trail of Tears.  The exhibit displays tools, clothing, and weapons traditionally used by these Native Americans.  There is also an exhibit that immortalizes the Steamboat Era, including a miniature replica of the Nettie Quill, a steamboat which traveled the Alabama River.

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