Shorter in Macon County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
A New Town in an Older Community
Shorter was originally called Cross Keys for the birthplace in South Carolina of an early settler, J.H. Howard. It was later named Shorter for former Alabama Governor John Gill Shorter. The town embodies the memories of the proud Creek Indian Nation, the Old South, and the Civil Rights Movement. It was originally a part of Creek Indian Territory and now a part of Macon County, which was created in 1832. Shorter is home to several state historical sites and boasts one of the longest stretches of the Old Federal Road built in 1804. Although the community has existed for more than a century, Shorter was not officially incorporated until February 29, 1984. Over the years, the town has been guided in its growth and development by dedicated leaders and enriched by the many citizens who call Shorter home. At the time of this marker dedication, elected officers included Mayor Willie Mae Powell, elected in 1998, and council members Desiev Howard, Betty Jeter, Edward Pollard, Rhonda McCloud, and Derrick McCloud. Harold D. Powell was the town clerk.
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Shorter.
Location. 32° 23.63′ N, 85° 55.324′ W. Marker is in Shorter, Alabama, in Macon County. Marker can Click for map. Marker is located about 300 yards to the north of the Old Shorter School and 50 yards to the south of Old Federal Road, fenced in down a rough driveway. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1060 Old Federal Road, Shorter AL 36075, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George Stiggins (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pioneer Trail of Methodism (approx. 2.9 miles away); Prairie Farms Resettlement Community (approx. 4 miles away); Tukabatchee / Tokvpvcce (approx. 6 miles away); Lucas Tavern (approx. 7.3 miles away); The Oaks Plantation (approx. 7.6 miles away); Lucas Hill Cemetery (approx. 7.7 miles away); Brewer Memorial Church (approx. 8.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Shorter.
Also see . . . Town website. (Submitted on October 2, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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