Alabaster in Shelby County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The Founding of Alabaster / Siluria
Alabaster was named for its quality of lime rock and the lime industry. In 1925, Joseph E. Walker opened the first retail business. The Alabaster lime rock plant was established in 1929 by George L. Scott Sr. The railroad shipping point became known as “Scott Rock.” By 1933, the village had grown and was referred to as “Alabaster-on the-Highway.” The first post office in Alabaster opened in 1951 and the first bank opened in 1952. Alabaster was incorporated on February 23, 1953. In 1959, Shelby Memorial Hospital was established as the first hospital in Shelby County. The first shopping center opened in 1964 and 2005 was the beginning of the Colonial Promenade.
Siluria incorporated in 1954. It voted to merge with Alabaster in1971. The Siluria Cotton Mills, founded by T.C. Thompson, dates back to 1896. Before closing in May 1979, it was the county’s largest one-location employer. The first post office was established in Siluria in 1872. In 1921,Thompson High School was built and became the second consolidated school in Shelby County.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Postal Mail and Philately series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1867.
Location. 33° 13.922′ N, 86° 49.568′ W. Marker is in Alabaster, Alabama, in Shelby County. Marker is on 11th Street SW, on the right when traveling south. The marker is located in front of the Alabaster Senior Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alabaster AL 35007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Benton Family Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Cedar Grove Cemetery (approx. 1.7 miles away); David Lindsay (approx. 2.2 miles away); Nabors Cemetery (approx. 3.3 miles away); Shelbyville, A. T. (approx. 3.9 miles away); Harmony Graveyard (approx. 4.1 miles away); Helena, Alabama (approx. 4˝ miles away); Pelham, Alabama / Ballantrae Golf Course (approx. 4˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alabaster.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 23, 2012, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 616 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 23, 2012, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.