Hartselle in Morgan County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
City of Hartselle, Alabama / Hartselle Facts
City of Hartselle
Hartselle, named after early pioneer George Hartsell (with no "e") rose from modest beginnings to an important position in the growing economy of Morgan County. Founded in 1870, the town owes its existence to the construction of the North and South Alabama Railroad (later the L&N), which began construction through the area in 1869 in an effort to connect the mineral rich areas in the southern part of the state with major shipping areas in north Alabama. Originally a mile north of the depot's current location, Hartselle consisted of a general store and saloon for workers. The town was relocated to its present site in 1873 and grew quickly around the first depot building, a converted boxcar. Railroad construction opened the Hartselle area to agriculture and timber production and the town became an important shipping point. The town's growth followed the fortunes of the railroad and farmers for more than 60 years. The Great Depression took a heavy toll on the local economy. Railroad and farming are no longer mainstays of today's economy.
Founded in 1870 and incorporated in 1875 with
*Cotton was king from 1870 through 1960. It was the primary cash crop of area farmers.
*Hartselle was an important center for fruit, berry and timber production in North Alabama.
*Hartselle Pond, located north of town, was the center of social activities until it mysteriously disappeared in the early 1900s.
*The first county high school was located here in 1909.
*The famous hymn, "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" was written at the Oden House in 1887.
*The Bank of Hartselle was robbed by 15 men in 1926 and the crime was never solved.
*In 1900, the population of Hartselle was 670.
*The Census Bureau estimated the population in 2007 to be 13,649.
Erected 2010 by The Alabama Tourism Department and The City of Hartselle.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
Location. 34° 26.618′ N, 86° 55.982′ W. Marker is in Hartselle, Alabama, in Morgan County. Marker is on Railroad St SW, 0.2 miles south of Main Street (County Road 36), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 Railroad St SW, Hartselle AL 35640, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow The Great Hartselle Bank Robbery / Three Hours Required to Accomplish Heist (within shouting distance of this marker); Bethel Road Historical District (approx. 1.3 miles away); Skirmish at Woodall's Bridge (approx. 2.9 miles away); West View (approx. 3.8 miles away); Original Falkville Town Hall Building / Falkville Water Tower (approx. 5.4 miles away); M601A Tank (approx. 6 miles away); T-34 C Mentor Plane (approx. 6 miles away); The Huey Helicopter (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hartselle.
1. Marker temporarily removed and stored.
Message from the Mayor of Hartselle on Dec. 28th:
This marker will be erected back in front of the Depot. It was removed for a sidewalk project and due to the unprecedented year we have experienced it has not yet been placed, but should be in the near future.
— Submitted December 28, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
Additional keywords. Hartselle, Morgan County, Alabama,
Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 24, 2010, by Julia Frost of Hoover, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,500 times since then and 154 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 24, 2010, by Julia Frost of Hoover, Alabama. 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 28, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. 6. submitted on December 17, 2020, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of marker after sidewalk remodeling and restoration of marker being placed back. • Can you help?