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Fort Payne in DeKalb County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Boom Town Historic District
 
Boom Town Historic District Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tim Carr, June 15, 2008
1. Boom Town Historic District Marker
 
Inscription. Around 1889-1891 Fort Payne experienced a great industrial boom due to promotion by New England investors who speculated greatly on the area’s mineral deposits. During this period several highly ornate commercial and civic buildings, along with the planned park, were constructed along Gault Avenue. The Fort Payne Opera House and other buildings in the same block constructed by the Fort Payne Coal & Iron Co., together with the Sawyer Building, the Alabama Great Southern Railroad Depot & Union Park retain the integrity of the boom town era and comprise a historic district listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, the year of Fort Payne’s centennial.
 
Erected 1989 by Alabama Historical Commission / Landmarks and the City of Fort Payne.
 
Location. 34° 26.637′ N, 85° 43.138′ W. Marker is in Fort Payne, Alabama, in DeKalb County. Marker is on 5th Street south of Gault Avenue North (U.S. 11), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Payne AL 35968, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Payne Opera House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Payne’s Fort (about 300 feet away); Wills Town Mission (about 300 feet away); Sequoyah (about 300 feet away); Alabama (about 500 feet away); Cherokee Indian Removal (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of the Willstown Mission (approx. 3.1 miles away); Site of Cherokee Council Tree (approx. 10.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Payne.
 
Boom Town Historic District Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tim Carr, June 15, 2008
2. Boom Town Historic District Marker
 
 
Alabama Great Southern Railroad Depot Photo, Click for full size
By Tim Carr, June 15, 2008
3. Alabama Great Southern Railroad Depot
 
 
Fort Payne Opera House Built in 1889 Photo, Click for full size
By Tim Carr, June 15, 2008
4. Fort Payne Opera House Built in 1889
 
 
Gault Avenue (Highway 11) Downtown Fort Payne Photo, Click for full size
By Tim Carr, June 15, 2008
5. Gault Avenue (Highway 11) Downtown Fort Payne
 
 
Civil War Monument in Union Park Photo, Click for full size
By Tim Carr, June 15, 2008
6. Civil War Monument in Union Park
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on February 27, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 959 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 27, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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