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Opp in Covington County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Depot / Opp, Alabama

 
 
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By Lee Hattabaugh, November 27, 2010
1. The Depot Marker
Inscription.
The Depot
In 1900, the L&N Railroad won the right to establish the railroad through this area. The town is named for Henry Opp, who represented L&N in successful legal negotiations. The coming of the railroad consolidated the surrounding areas and brought people and businesses from Poley, Opine, Cool Springs and other nearby areas. The first depot was a railcar parked on a sidetrack. As the town developed, a wooden building was constructed. The present structure was constructed in 1928 after the first building burned. The town received its charter from the state Legislature on February 28, 1901 and was officially incorporated on July 12, 1902 with limits extending one mile each way from the L&N Depot.

Opp, Alabama
Opp has become known as "The City of Opportunity." The railroad was attracted to this area because of the huge virgin pine forests and the available lumber. This spot located on high ground proved to be an excellent turning point with one branch turning south toward Florala and another east to Geneva. The abundance of pine trees also attracted Opp's first industry, naval stores. Turpentine resin was harvested from pines growing on what is now the main thoroughfares of Opp. However, as the trees were cut for timber and the land cleared for farming, the naval stores were eliminated. City leaders
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By Lee Hattabaugh, November 27, 2010
2. Opp, Alabama Marker
looking for new industry were led to a cotton mill. Opp Cotton Mill was incorporated in 1920, and three years later Micolas Cotton Mill was added. In the years that followed WWII, the "cut and sew" industry provided many jobs for Opp's citizens. As the 20th century came to an end, textiles left the south for other parts of the world. As the 21st century began, Opp moved into the age of space and technology.
 
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Opp.
 
Location. 31° 16.873′ N, 86° 15.358′ W. Marker is in Opp, Alabama, in Covington County. Marker is on South Main Street (U.S. 331/84) north of Cummings Avenue (U.S. 331/84), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located in front of the railroad depot. Marker is in this post office area: Opp AL 36467, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town of Sanford (approx. 8 miles away); Site of Curtis School (approx. 9.9 miles away); Folsom Estate (approx. 14.4 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 14.4 miles away); Folsom Birthplace (approx. 14.4 miles away); Historic Court Square (approx. 14.5 miles away); City of Elba (approx. 14.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
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By Lee Hattabaugh, November 27, 2010
3. The Depot / Opp, Alabama Marker
 Encyclopedia of Alabama entry on Opp. (Submitted on December 19, 2012, by Laura Hill of Auburn, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Horticulture & ForestryIndustry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars
 
The Depot / Opp, Alabama Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 27, 2010
4. The Depot / Opp, Alabama Marker
Looking south toward intersection of Main and Cummings. US Highways 331 and 84 split here to the east and west, respectively.
The Depot image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 27, 2010
5. The Depot
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 952 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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