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Opelika in Lee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Railroad Avenue Historic District

Opelika, Alabama

 
 
Railroad Avenue Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 6, 2014
1. Railroad Avenue Historic District Marker
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The Railroad Avenue Historic District was the downtown nucleus of Opelika when the city was incorporated as part of Russell County, Alabama in February, 1854. The city limits extended a mile in every direction from the Montgomery and West Point Railway Station. In 1864 another railroad was built from Opelika to Columbus, thus establishing the city as a transportation center. During 1864 and 1865, Opelika's government supply warehouses, its depot, rolling stock and railroad were a target of Federal raiders Rousseau and Wilson. Train service from Atlanta to Montgomery was re-established in 1865.

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When Lee County was established on December 5, 1866, Opelika became its county seat. The commercial district, a collection of wooden buildings, was destroyed by fire in 1868. The physical rebuilding of the district began during the 1870's. The Railroad Avenue Historic District is composed of 105 buildings which date primarily from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It contains the major commercial and political structures in the city. The District was accepted for placement on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
 
Erected 1985 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Opelika Historic Preservation Society.
 
Location.
Railroad Avenue Historic District Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 6, 2014
2. Railroad Avenue Historic District Marker (reverse)
32° 38.821′ N, 85° 22.81′ W. Marker is in Opelika, Alabama, in Lee County. Marker is at the intersection of South Railroad Avenue and South 9th Street, on the right when traveling north on South Railroad Avenue. Click for map. Located in the Bill Roberts Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 905 South Railroad Avenue, Opelika AL 36801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. South Railroad Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); Rosseau's Raid to East Alabama (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lee County Courthouse / Lee County Probate Judges (about 500 feet away); Killgore Scholarships / Some Terms of Scholarships (about 700 feet away); Emmanuel Episcopal Church (about 800 feet away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thompson Chapel (approx. 0.6 miles away); Darden House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Opelika.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
Railroad Avenue Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 6, 2014
3. Railroad Avenue Historic District Marker
Marker Area image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 6, 2014
4. Marker Area
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 396 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on November 5, 2016.
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