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Sulligent in Lamar County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Birth of Sulligent

 
 
Birth of Sulligent Marker (Side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 4, 2016
1. Birth of Sulligent Marker (Side 1)
Inscription.
Side 1
In April 1886, railroad prospectors were traveling up the Butahatchie Valley in Lamar County, Alabama, Moscow beat, and securing right of way for a railroad to be built that would connect Birmingham, Alabama and Memphis, Tennessee. In November 1886, resident engineer Thomas of the Kansas City Railroad made headquarters, taking care of railroad business, at G. Bankhead's popular old southern home. His home was situated about one-half mile away, overlooking the site of a future town on Colonel G.E. Brown's farm. In August 1887, a depot was established on the Brown farm and Elliot was chosen as the name in honor of Major R.H. Elliott, general superintendent of construction at Bessemer, Alabama. In September 1887, the first through train passed through Elliot with high officials of the railroad on board and Colonel G.E. Brown began to lay off property lots for the town and the towns name was changed in September 1887 to Sulligent in honor of Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Sargent, two railroad employees.

Continued on other side

Side 2
Continued from other side

One of Sulligent's main attractions was an artesian well located on Front Street, near the depot. It was declared as one of the best mineral waters in the south. Property lots in the embryo town
Birth of Sulligent Marker (Side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 4, 2016
2. Birth of Sulligent Marker (Side 2)
were bought by: Rev. G.L. Hewitt, Samuel Loggain, Ogden & Son, Dr. R.J. Redden, R.F. Bankhead, W. Mirk Stone, Wesley Clearman, Murray Cobb and G.W. Rush and construction of the town began to get underway. In the beginning, a train from Birmingham, Alabama passed and stopped at 11:00 a.m. each day and a train from Memphis, Tennessee arrived and stopped at 4:30 p.m. each day, thus becoming the lifeline of the town. Cotton was hauled to Sulligent, bought by merchants and shipped by rail. In January 1888, the name of the Sulligent depot and town changed back to the first name of Elliot by railroad officials. In February 1888, the name changed back to Sulligent again. Sulligent citizens voted to become incorporated in October 1889. Alex Wall was chosen as mayor in November 1889.
 
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Sulligent.
 
Location. 33° 54.103′ N, 88° 8.056′ W. Marker is in Sulligent, Alabama, in Lamar County. Marker is at the intersection of Alabama Route 17 and East Front Street, on the right when traveling north on State Route 17. Click for map. Located in a small pocket park. Marker is in this post office area: Sulligent AL 35586, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
Birth of Sulligent Marker near war memorial. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 4, 2016
3. Birth of Sulligent Marker near war memorial.
flies. The Ogden House (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Hollis Bankhead (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lamar County Korea & Vietnam Memorial (approx. 10.1 miles away); Lamar County Confederate Memorial (approx. 10.1 miles away); Lamar County WWI & WWII Memorial (approx. 10.1 miles away); Historical Pikeville (approx. 14.2 miles away); General Jackson's Military Road (approx. 14.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Encyclopedia of Alabama article on Sulligent, Alabama. (Submitted on August 4, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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View from marker, looking south on Highway 17. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 4, 2016
4. View from marker, looking south on Highway 17.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on August 4, 2016.
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