Linden in Marengo County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
History of Linden, Alabama
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.
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Linden.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 32° 18.307′ N, 87° 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.)
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 466 times since then and 2 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.