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Cottonwood in Houston County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Cottonwood, Alabama

 
 
Cottonwood, Alabama Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 1, 2014
1. Cottonwood, Alabama Marker
Inscription. In April 1903, the Town of Cottonwood was incorporated, making it the first town established in Houston County. The town's name may have come from either Mr. Wood, an influential land owner, or from the softwood trees growing in the area. General stores, a bank, mills (turpentine, grist, timber, etc.) sprang up. At least two lumber companies constructed logging railroads through the town. One remained in service into the 1940s as a freight service from the Cowarts area to Bascom, FL. The early 1920s saw an interest in drilling for crude oil in the area. Several attempts would find only a hot mineral water spring. Mr. J. R. Sealy capitalized on this find and established an internationally known health spa. The Sealy Hot Mineral Springs remained in business until fire destroyed it in 2001. At the 2000 census, the population of Cottonwood was 1,170.
 
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Cottonwood.
 
Location. 31° 3.291′ N, 85° 18.088′ W. Marker is in Cottonwood, Alabama, in Houston County. Marker is at the intersection of County Road 55 and Cottonwood Road (State Road 53), on the right when traveling south on County Road 55. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10190 County Road 55, Cottonwood AL 36320, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Cottonwood, Alabama Marker area image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 1, 2014
2. Cottonwood, Alabama Marker area
At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Southern Boundary of the United States (approx. 7.4 miles away); Big Creek United Methodist Church / Joseph Watford Revolutionary War Veteran (approx. 7.8 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 9.2 miles away in Florida); Ashford Depot (approx. 9.7 miles away); Ashford Centennial (approx. 9.7 miles away); Incorporation of Ashford/Ashford - a Unique Name (approx. 9.7 miles away); Ashford United Methodist Church (approx. 9.9 miles away); Cowarts Baptist Church / Cowarts School (approx. 10.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Town of Cottonwood website. (Submitted on May 2, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Cottonwood, Alabama Marker area image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 1, 2014
3. Cottonwood, Alabama Marker area
Bruner Park location of marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 1, 2014
4. Bruner Park location of marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 342 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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