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Linden in Marengo County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

History of Linden, Alabama

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Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 12, 2014
1. History of Linden Marker
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The Alabama Territorial Legislature established Marengo County in 1818. The “Town of Marengo” was then surveyed near the center of the county to serve as county seat. In 1824 lots were sold, and early French immigrants named the town Hohenlinden for Napoleon's victory in Bavaria in 1800. Everyday usage shortened the name to Linden. Lodging houses, stores, homes and churches surrounded a two-story log courthouse built in 1827. While courts were in session, the town became so rowdy that it earned the unofficial name of “Screamersville.” During the 1840's Linden had 160 residents, a wooden jail, two small stores and a barber shop. In 1848 the log courthouse burned, and the brick, federal style courthouse was built on the main thoroughfare of Cahaba Avenue. A stagecoach regularly passed through town en route from Mobile to Huntsville. “The Linden Jeffersonian” newspaper began publication in 1853; “The Democrat Reporter” weekly newspaper has served the surrounding area since 1879.
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The City of Linden, incorporated March 1, 1870, remained the county seat except for a few months during Reconstruction. Citizens witnessed a gun fight between Deputy Sheriff Jeff “Dixie” Carter and notorious train robber Rube Burrows in front of the courthouse in 1890. The Louisville and Nashville Railroad track, nine-tenths of a mile south of “old town,” was completed in 1902. A “new town” grew near the depot as businesses relocated to serve railroad customers. Linden's “middle town” grew near a Gothic style courthouse constructed in 1903 at the corner of Main Street and Coats Avenue. That courthouse with its chiming clock tower was destroyed by fire and replaced in 1968 by a new structure built on the same site. This area continues to be the Linden downtown business district into the twenty-first century. The center for government services in the county, Linden has an economy that is also based on local agriculture, timber, livestock and recreational activities.
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Linden.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is March 1, 1842.
Location. 32° 18.307′ N, 87° 
History of Linden Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 12, 2014
2. History of Linden Marker (reverse)
47.869′ W. Marker is in Linden, Alabama, in Marengo County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street (U.S. 43) and East 8th Avenue, on the right when traveling north on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 204 South Main Street, Linden AL 36748, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A County Older Than the State (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Marengo County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away); Jefferson Methodist Church (approx. 8 miles away); Jefferson Baptist Church (approx. 8 miles away); History of the Town of Thomaston (approx. 10.3 miles away); Foscue House (approx. 13.1 miles away); Vine And Olive Colony (approx. 13.7 miles away); Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. 14.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Linden.
Also see . . .  Linden. Encyclopedia of Alabama entry. (Submitted on August 30, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
Marker location at Farmers Market park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 12, 2014
3. Marker location at Farmers Market park
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 902 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 13, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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