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Wilton in Shelby County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Town of Wilton

Incorporated April 30, 1918

 
 
Town of Wilton Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 14, 2014
1. Town of Wilton Marker (side 1)
Inscription.
Side 1
Wilton, a once prominent railroad town now sits nestled quietly in the southwest corner of Shelby County. Founding members were as follows: L. McMillen, L.W. Irwin, O. H. Bice, John Westley Little, Sam Vest, L. Cochran, and O. L. Hitchcook. The first town hall burned and many early records were lost, however later council members reenacted some of the first ordinances to replace those burned in the fire. In 1934 the Civil Works Administration built the current town hall were it stands today. Wilton had three churches: the Methodist Church on Church Street, Bible Baptist on Shoal Creek and the Baptist Church on Highway 25. There were several businesses in town including general stores, barbecue restaurants, Wilton Garage and two hotels that were kept busy by train passengers. Wilton's post office was established on May 26th, 1892, and served as both a mail service and an informal communication center.
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Side 2
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Wilton had two schools with the first one being located in the Methodist Church. The second one was located in a separate building on an isolated hill behind the residence of T. C. Poole until it burned in the summer of 1939. No school was ever rebuilt after the fire. Favorite
Town of Wilton Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 14, 2014
2. Town of Wilton Marker (side 2)
pastimes included marble-shooting, fellowshipping at local singings, and meeting passengers at the train depot. Children and grown-ups dressed up to meet the 4 o’clock train. From being known as “Woods,” and later “Birmingham Junction” and “Bismark,” Wilton has traded its passenger trains and busy street life for its spot along a quiet strip off Highway 25.
 
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Wilton.
 
Location. 33° 4.76′ N, 86° 53.012′ W. Marker is in Wilton, Alabama, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Depot Street and Church Street, on the right when traveling west on Depot Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Depot Street, Wilton AL 35187, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome To Historic Montevallo (approx. 1.9 miles away); Alabama Historical Association (approx. 2.1 miles away); Montevallo High School (approx. 2.1 miles away); University Of Montevallo National Historic District (approx. 2.2 miles away); King House (approx. 2.2 miles
Wilton City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 14, 2014
3. Wilton City Hall
away); James Daniel Hardy (approx. 4.6 miles away); Bibb Furnace (approx. 4.7 miles away); Sunshine & Dorothy Morton House (approx. 4.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. City website and short history. (Submitted on August 14, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 14, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
3. Encyclopedia of Alabama article. (Submitted on August 14, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Marker Area towards Highway 25 image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 14, 2014
4. Marker Area towards Highway 25
City Hall cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 14, 2014
5. City Hall cornerstone
Wilton Train Depot image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 14, 2014
6. Wilton Train Depot
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 327 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. 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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