Atmore in Escambia County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Williams Station, Alabama 1866-1897 / Atmore, Alabama
In 1897, town leaders wanted to change the name of Williams Station to Carney, in honor of William Marshall Carney, the man who had contributed greatly to the town's growth. However, Mr. Carney's brother had already started a settlement in Baldwin County and given it his family name. Having two towns with the same name so close together would create confusion. Determined to honor W.M. Carney, the leaders asked him to select the town's new name. He honored his good friend, Charles Pawson Atmore, general passenger agent for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad in Louisville, Kentucky. According to the New York Times, C.P. Atmore died at age 66, on May 29, 1900. There is no record that he ever visited the little town named for him.
On May 23, 1907, Atmore became an incorporated municipality. The town celebrated this centennial milestone at Heritage Park in May 2007.
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department, Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Atmore.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 31° 1.446′ N, 87° 29.535′ W. Marker is in Atmore, Alabama, in Escambia Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: East Nashville Avenue, Atmore AL 36502, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Watson Cabin (approx. 0.4 miles away); Escambia County Training School (approx. 0.9 miles away); Canoe Station (approx. 4.9 miles away); Perdido Vineyards (approx. 9.3 miles away); History of Lottie, Alabama (approx. 10.6 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 12, 2014. This page has been viewed 747 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on August 11, 2020. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 12, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.