Escambia and Conecuh rivers, Florida and Alabama.—These two names apply to one and the same stream, which flows through a heavily timbered country in southern Alabama and western Florida into Escambia Bay, an arm of Pensacola Bay. The timber from this district is brought down the river and forms a large part of all that exported from Pensacola. Originally the river was much obstructed by snags, marl reefs, and sand bars, and a bar prevented the entrance of tugs to the mouth of the river, where the rafts are made ready to be towed to Pensacola, and seriously interfered with navigation.

The first appropriation for the improvement of this river was made in 1833, and prior to the adoption of the present project $5,000 was expended in removing obstructions. A subsequent appropriation of $5,500, made in 1836, was returned to the surplus fund in 1838. No further appropriations were made until 1880.

Source:  Annual reports .... , Volume 9, Part 1, Page 301
United States War Dept
Government Printing Office, 1903

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