Along the cobblestoned waterfront streets of Savannah, the buildings, converted into restaurants, bars and crap shops, were the lifeblood of Savannah back when they were cotton warehouses. Stair-stepped up the bluff with entrances on three levels, from the water level fronts on River Street up to the Bay Street entrances facing the city at the top. In between, a hidden alleyway known as Factor's Walk is snuggly tucked in.
This is where cotton merchants, called factors, transacted their business in the days when cotton was king. A series of stairways, bridges and catwalks access hidden doorways, connected by narrow streets paved with the ballast stones brought in by the trade ships coming in from Europe. In the 1800s, this was the Wall Street of cotton.
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