CHILDERSBURG, Ala. – Spanish Explorer DeSoto reached the southern Talladega County area on July 16, 1540. DeSoto reached the town of Cosa, which previously highlighted in its Historical Marker Series. Cosa is just two miles north of Childersburg, Alabama.

The official marker for DeSoto’s Visit is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 280 and Alabama Highway 76. The marker officially reads:

Two miles north of this spot was the Indian town Cosa visited by DeSoto July 16, 1540.

DeSoto’s Visit has a unique Sylacauga marble marker instead of the usual metal stand. The marker was officially installed in 1936.

Also adding to the unique flare to the marker is a plaque placed below dedicated to Veterans.

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