Daviston in Tallapoosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Daviston, Alabama/Daviston School
Daviston, incorporated February 16, 1887, is believed to be the first incorporated rural town in Tallapoosa County. The first mayor was J.D. Dunn. Daviston was a natural evolution of the opening of Indian lands in 1832. Much of the Federal Horse Path was within Creek Indian lands. With construction of Chapman Road from West Point, Georgia to Fort Williams, Alabama on the Coosa River, land areas opened to white settlement. Daviston flourished with improved roads and became a hub of migration. It had grist and saw mills, a blacksmith shop, buggy shop, coffin shop, general mercantile, public well, federal distillery, six saloons or inns, pharmacy and doctors. The first land deed found was dated in 1836 to S.W. Monk. The post office was established in 1853 with John Davis as the first postmaster. The story told over the years is that he used his own name for the town name. When he submitted the name to the government, due to poor penmanship or a mistake, "Davis Town" became Daviston and has since remained.
In 1883, Walker Allen and his twin, Walter, moved to Daviston. Walker Allen was elected principal of Daviston School. In 1884, a wooden two-story building was started on land given by J.T. Moncus to be called Daviston
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Daviston.
Location. 33° 3.161′ N, 85° 38.457′ W. Marker is in Daviston, Alabama, in Tallapoosa County. Marker is on Alabama Route 22 east of Drake Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Daviston AL 36256, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Louina (approx. 6.6 miles away); Tecumseh and the Prophets (approx. 7.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Horseshoe Bend Campaign Combatants A Bloody Contest (approx. 7.4 miles away); Horseshoe Bend National Military Park (approx. 7.4 miles away); Major Lemuel P. Montgomery (approx. 7.6 miles away); Jackson Trace (approx. 7.6 miles away); Gun Hill (approx. 7.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Daviston.
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