Repton in Conecuh County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Historic and Beautiful Repton
In the early 1900s, Repton was a bustling railroad town along the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. Among other businesses, it boasted several hotels, banks, stores, a livery stable, cotton gin and the only hospital with a Board Certified Surgeon between Selma, Alabama and Century, Florida. The U.S. Post Office was established in 1881 and the Town of Repton was incorporated on January 10, 1899. In that same year, the railroad was extended through the middle of the downtown area and a turntable was installed. The name Repton was the surname of a railroad official at that time. The first elected officials of Repton were Mr. A.F. Peterman, Mayor, and council members: Dr. William Watson, C.S. Kelly, C.H. Stallworth, E.L. Martin and W.S. Wiggins.
Repton is located in Conecuh County, which was created on February 13, 1818. The name of the county is a word of Muscogee origin, and is said to be a corruption of "Econneka," meaning "land of cane," according to Marcus H. Cruikshank. The population of Repton in 1880 was 100; 1920 – 422; 1940 – 365; and in 2000 – 280. As transportation shifted to trucking, the town slowly withered. In 2004, the Repton Restoration Society was established to help the Town of Repton breathe life into this once vivacious community. This marker is located on the site of the town’s first beautification project, 2009. This project would not have been possible without the hard work and generosity of many people. A debt of gratitude is owed to the Alabama Railroad Company which allowed the town access to this site in order to brighten, build and move the community
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Repton.
Location. 31° 24.55′ N, 87° 14.365′ W. Marker is in Repton, Alabama, in Conecuh County. Marker is on Alabama Route 41 0.1 miles south of U.S. 84, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Repton AL 36475, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Federal Road (approx. 2.7 miles away); a different marker also named Old Federal Road (approx. 5.9 miles away); Truman Capote (approx. 9.4 miles away); Monroeville, Alabama (approx. 9˝ miles away); Atticus Finch: Lawyer - Hero Old Monroe County Courthouse (approx. 9.6 miles away); A County Older Than The State (approx. 9.6 miles away); “Lucas’ Raiders” (approx. 9.6 miles away).
Also see . . . Town of Repton website with info on Beautification Project. (Submitted on January 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 128 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.