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Foley in Baldwin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

City of Foley

 
 
City of Foley Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Timothy Carr, June 19, 2013
1. City of Foley Marker (side 1)
Inscription.
(side 1)
The City of Foley was founded in 1905 by John B. Foley of Chicago. Mr. foley, who was in the pharmaceutical business, heard about this area from a railroad land agent as they traveled to President William McKinley's funeral in 1901. Mr. Foley came to Alabama the following year and purchased thousands of acres of land. He formed the Magnolia Land Company and began selling acreage to those in Chicago who wanted to move south and take advantage of the rich farmland. The Bay Minette-Fort Morgan Railway, a branch of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, was built for travel to Foley in 1905. Mr Foley supplied the ties for the line. The intention was to take the tracks all the way to Fort Morgan, but that never happened. The railroad was replaced the following year with the station that sits on this site. The first engine on this line was a wood-burner called the Pine Knot Special. It would make a morning trip to Bay Minette and return in the afternoon.
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In the early days of Foley, the railroad was its life blood. It brought settlers in from the North, which in turn led to the need for schools, churches and business. The railroad was also a way of getting crops to northern markets. In 1971, the
City of Foley Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Timothy Carr, June 19, 2013
2. City of Foley Marker (side 2)
L&N discontinued its services to Foley and planned to demolish the station. John Snook, owner of Gulf Telephone, bought the building for $1.00. He moved it to Magnolia Springs and used it as a warehouse. In 1991, he deeded it to the City of Foley and it was returned to the original site. Using grants, the city renovated the station and turned it into a museum which now houses artifacts showcasing the history of Foley and Baldwin County. A model train exhibit was added in 2007.
 
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Foley.
 
Location. 30° 24.393′ N, 87° 40.959′ W. Marker is in Foley, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker is on East Laurel Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 125 East Laurel Avenue, Foley AL 36536, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. City of Foley Camellia Walk (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cobb's Light (about 300 feet away); The Springs (approx. 5.2 miles away); Magnolia Springs, Alabama (approx. 5.3 miles away); Vicinity of Salt Works and Camp Anderson (approx. 8 miles away); Daphne United Methodist Church
City of Foley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 7, 2011
3. City of Foley Marker
(approx. 8.7 miles away); Orange Beach, Alabama (approx. 10.2 miles away); Josephine (approx. 10.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Foley.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
City of Foley Marker Next To Foley Railroad Museum. image. Click for full size.
By Timothy Carr, June 19, 2013
4. City of Foley Marker Next To Foley Railroad Museum.
City of Foley Train Depot now a museum image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 7, 2011
5. City of Foley Train Depot now a museum
Railroad Crossing sign in front of Train Depot image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 7, 2011
6. Railroad Crossing sign in front of Train Depot
Train Depot and Train image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 7, 2011
7. Train Depot and Train
Baldwin County Historic Development Commission image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 7, 2011
8. Baldwin County Historic Development Commission
L & N Railroad 1905
Train Depot and Train image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 7, 2011
9. Train Depot and Train
Louisville and Nashville
City of Foley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 7, 2011
10. City of Foley Marker
The City of Foley Marker is facing the US Post Office in Foley which is right across the street.
Downtown Foley, Alabama seen from the corner of East Laurel Avenue and North McKenzie Street. image. Click for full size.
By Timothy Carr, June 19, 2013
11. Downtown Foley, Alabama seen from the corner of East Laurel Avenue and North McKenzie Street.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 1,026 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   3. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   4. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   11. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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