The story of Alexander City began hundreds of years ago with members of the Creek Nation who lived along the rivers and streams in what is now central Alabama. Alabama gained statehood in 1819 following the Battle of the Horseshoe Bend in 1814 and ceding of Creek lands. With the final cessions of land in 1832 and removal of Native Americans in 1837, settlers arrived with their families, some purchasing lots drafted by Griffin Young in the town square.
The arrival of the railroad in 1874 resulted in the town’s name changing from Youngsville to Alexander City to honor Edward P. Alexander, president of the Savannah and Memphis Railroad. Early commerce flourished with the opening of the Alexander City Mill in 1901. Within a year, the entire town and nearby residences burned.
The pioneer spirit of the people prevailed, and the town was rebuilt within weeks. In the early 20th century, the successes of Avondale Mills and Russell Corporation provided an economic environment where hometown businesses, schools, and churches thrived.
In completing this book, authors Peggy Jackson Walls and Laura Dykes Oliver collected history and photographs from families, organizations, businesses, and individuals, best representing life in old Alexander City.
Highlights of Alexander City:
• Recreation in the Alexander City area features fishing, boating, and swimming in Lake Martin and nearby creeks.
• Churches played an important role in providing wholesome family events such as all-day singings, ice cream suppers and watermelon cuttings.
• Two mill villages are a part of Alexander City’s heritage, and a portion of the book is dedicated to their historical success.
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