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Elkmont in Limestone County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Limestone County's First High School / The Delmore Brothers

 
 
Limestone County's First High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, August 2, 2020
1. Limestone County's First High School Marker
Inscription.  Limestone County's First High School
"Limestone County High School” was established in Elkmont in 1912. The original building constructed in 1912, stood on Evans Street where Elkmont High School is currently located.

The County Board of Education included Col. M. K. Clements, Superintendent of Education, and board members Fred Gray, W. T. Stepp, G. R. Bullington and N. R. Nichols. Willis B. Vaughn was instrumental in the establishment of the school in Elkmont.

The new high school required certified faculty, thus Professor E. B. Baxter, a learned scholar, was employed as principal. Townspeople collected money and built a house for Professor Baxter as an incentive for him to take the job. The house still stands on Evans Street near Elkmont High School. In 1915 Alma Loveless, Beulah Nichols, Martha Nichols and Eddie Stepp were the first graduates.

The Delmore Brothers
Alton Delmore (December 25, 1908 - June 8, 1964) and Rabon Delmore (December 3, 1916 - December 4, 1952), billed as The Delmore Brothers, were country music pioneers and stars of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930s.

They
The Delmore Brothers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, August 2, 2020
2. The Delmore Brothers Marker
were born into poverty near Elkmont, sons of tenant farmers, amid a rich tradition of gospel and Appalachian folk music. The Delmores blended gospel-style harmonies with the quicker guitar work of traditional folk music and the blues to help create the still emerging genre of country music.

Over the course of their careers, the Delmores wrote more than one thousand songs. Some of the most popular were "Brown's Ferry Blues","Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar" and "Fifteen Miles from Birmingham".

The Delmore Brothers were inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. Their pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
 
Erected 2016 by Limestone County Historical Society; City of Elkmont; and Elk River Development Agency.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEducation.
 
Location. 34° 55.75′ N, 86° 58.398′ W. Marker is in Elkmont, Alabama, in Limestone County. Marker is on Upper Fort Hampton Road (County Road 49) east of Railroad Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located in a small park adjacent to the Richard Martin Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elkmont AL 35620, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this
Limestone County's First High School / The Delmore Brothers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, August 2, 2020
3. Limestone County's First High School / The Delmore Brothers Marker
This marker is on the left.
marker, measured as the crow flies. Elkmont, Alabama / Tenn. & Ala. Central Railroad (here, next to this marker); Elkmont Pride: Family-School-Church (here, next to this marker); Commerce (here, next to this marker); Downtown Scenes (a few steps from this marker); Sulphur Creek Trestle, 1864 (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle (approx. 1˝ miles away); Old New Garden Cemetery / New Garden Cumberland Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); Pettusville (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elkmont.
 
Also see . . .  Delmore Brothers. Biographical sketch by the County Music Hall of Fame and Museum. (Submitted on August 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Limestone County High School image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Elkmont High School
4. Limestone County High School
The original school building, built in 1912, was demolished in 1967.
The Delmore Brothers image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
5. The Delmore Brothers
Rabon (left) and Alton (right) Delmore.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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