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

East Side of Square

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, August 2, 2020
1. East Side of Square Marker
Inscription.  Left, top: Athens citizens celebrated the unveiling of the first Confederate monument in 1909. Due to objections to the bowed head, which suggested defeat, a second statue was ordered.

Left, center: Watermelon rinds litter the courthouse lawn on this special, busy day.

Left, bottom: Meryl's, Best Rental, Kids World, Athens Sewing Center, Earl King, Harvest Field Book Store, and The Denim Shop were all located on the east side.

Center, top left: The second Confederate Monument was erected in 1912. In 1914 it was decorated to help celebrate the opening of the Lewisburg & Northern Division of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad.

Center, top right: Martin, Richardson, and Malone operated a mercantile store, ca. 1906. In 1920 Ben Jaffee went into business and moved to this site in 1928.

Right, top: This 1893 photograph shows the vast destruction by fire to some of the buildings around the square. All items saved were placed on the courthouse lawn and in the street. Other fires on the square were in 1882, 1894, 1895, and 1902.

Bottom:
East Side of Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, August 2, 2020
2. East Side of Square Marker
Trade Day — December 22, 1924 Although there were many trade days in Athens, this appears to have been one of the biggest.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersIndustry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 34° 48.171′ N, 86° 58.255′ W. Marker is in Athens, Alabama, in Limestone County. Marker is on South Marion Street north of West Washington Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Athens AL 35611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle Surrender Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Limestone County Vietnam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Limestone County Beirut Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Limestone County Confederate Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Limestone County Iraq — Afghanistan Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Athens, Alabama (within shouting distance of this marker); Faces of Market Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Courthouse and Poor Farm Fence (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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Oct. 31, 2020