“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
West Blocton in Bibb County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

West Blocton, Alabama

West Blocton, Alabama Marker image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, March 13, 2014
1. West Blocton, Alabama Marker
West Blocton began as a business and residential community adjoining the Cahaba Coal Mining Company's town of Blocton in 1883-84. West Blocton incorporated in 1901. Eugene D. Reynolds was the first mayor, 1901-1904, followed by Dr. L.E. Peacock, 1904-1906. A son of Italian Immigrants, Frank T. Ferrire, has been the longest serving mayor, 1965-1984. West Blocton was the commercial center of the southern Cahaba coal field serving the neighboring company towns and mining camps of Belle Ellen, Piper, Lucille, Gurnee, Coleanor, Garnsey, Galloway, Marvel, Moffatt, Masena, Braehead, Red Eagle and Hargrove. Economic opportunity attracted a diverse population. An Italian Catholic Cemetery lies just east of town and the League of Brothers Synagogue was built on Main Street in 1905. Bibb County's first bank, the Blocton Savings Bank was established in 1892. By 1910, West Blocton boasted of 55 businesses including a newspaper, bottling works, hotels, general stores, lawyers, doctors, photographers, shoemaker, tailor and dentist offices. West Blocton is now the home of the Cahaba Lily Festival.
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of West Blocton.
Location. 33° 7.052′ N, 87° 6.889′ W. Marker is
West Blocton, Alabama Marker image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, March 13, 2014
2. West Blocton, Alabama Marker
in West Blocton, Alabama, in Bibb County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Walter Owens Drive, on the left when traveling east on Main Street. Click for map. It is located in front of the West Blocton Town Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1139 Main Street, West Blocton AL 35184, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blocton / Blocton Coke Ovens (approx. half a mile away); Belle Ellen (approx. 1.8 miles away); Piper / Coleanor (approx. 4.7 miles away); Town of Woodstock (approx. 7 miles away); Civil War Site 1861-1865 (approx. 9.4 miles away); Tannehill Ironworks (approx. 9.4 miles away); Tannehill Furnaces (approx. 9.5 miles away); Eighth Iowa Cavalry (approx. 9.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in West Blocton.
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 324 times since then and 99 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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