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Factors Walk and Bay Street in historic Savannah
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The "factors" of Savannah were the businessmen and their bookkeepers who handled the cotton export trade and supplied the towns and plantations of Georgia and South Carolina.

Trading businesses and warehouses up to six stories tall were built along the riverfront on River Street, but te main part of the city was forty feet higher along Bay Street. So Factors Walk consisted of both a narrow street behind the buildings and numerous short bridges and catwalks across the gap at the second or third story level.

Cotton cultivation lost its importance after the 1920's and Savannah slowly declined into a state of picturesque decay. A brief diastrous period of redevelopment in the 1950's and 60's destroyed some landmark buildings and three of the famous squares, but luckily spared Factors Walk. Today it is a favorite with tourists.

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Cobblestone ramp from Bay Street down to Factors Walk and River Street

Cobblestone ramp from Bay Street down to Factors Walk and River Street

Several steep streets connect downtown Savannah's Bay Street to Factors Walk and River Street at river level.

Savannah, Georgia

Date photographed: March 31, 2015
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Bridges over Factors Walk

Bridges over Factors Walk

Factors Walk runs behind the riverfront buildings and is crossed by numerous bridges at the second or third story level.

Savannah, Georgia

Date photographed: March 31, 2015
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The Cotton Exchange on Factors Walk in Savannah

The Cotton Exchange on Factors Walk in Savannah

The historic Cotton Exchange on Factors Walk was the business center of Savannah when cotton was king.

Savannah, Georgia

Date photographed: March 31, 2015
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Near Oglethorpe's Bench on Bay Street

Near Oglethorpe's Bench on Bay Street

There is a bench near here where James Oglethorpe, founder of Savannah, used to sit and regard the river and his new city.

Savannah, Georgia

Date photographed: March 31, 2015
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Washington's Guns on display along Bay Street

Washington's Guns on display along Bay Street

The shelter protects two cannons captured from the British at Yorktown and presented to the city of Savannah by President George Washington in 1791.

Savannah, Georgia

Date photographed: March 31, 2015
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Golden-domed Savannah City Hall at the end of Bull Street

Golden-domed Savannah City Hall at the end of Bull Street

City Hall replaced the historic City Exchange building, and stands on a platform over the access road leading from Factors Walk to River Street.

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Date photographed: March 31, 2015
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