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Oxford in Calhoun County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Historic Oxford

 
 
Historic Oxford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 5, 2017
1. Historic Oxford Marker
Inscription. First incorporated as a town, February 7, 1852, in Benton County, Oxford's second incorporation was approved February 21, 1860 in Calhoun County. Long before this territory was “settled”, it was inhabited by Creek Indians. In the time that the Creek Indians were leaving, Sylvanus Simmons and Dudley Snow came and settled north and south of present-day Choccolocco Street. The first post office, located in the home of Dudley Snow, served the town known as “Lick Skillet." Oxford's valuable contribution to the Confederacy in the War Between the States was a cavalry company, the Dudley Snow Rangers, organized here in 1862 and mustered into service by Col. John Tyler Morgan. The Alabama-Tennessee River Railroad was the first to lay its tracks in Oxford sometime between 1859 and 1862. The Oxford Iron Company, organized November 1862, mined iron ore and manufactured pig iron. Its furnace was burned by Federal troops April 23, 1865. Through the years, Oxford has grown, creating memories for its citizens, adopting the slogan “Crossroads of the Future.”

Erected by the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Oxford
Oxford Homecoming Week, May 31-June 5, 2010

 
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Oxford.
View from marker across Main Street to the Oxford Board of Education. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 5, 2017
2. View from marker across Main Street to the Oxford Board of Education.

 
Location. 33° 36.962′ N, 85° 50.076′ W. Marker is in Oxford, Alabama, in Calhoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and East Oak Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Located in Simmons Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 402 Main Street, Oxford AL 36203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Creek Indian Campaign Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Simmons Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Town of Hobson City, Alabama (approx. 0.6 miles away); Southern Railway Station Attack (approx. 2.3 miles away); Trailways Attack (approx. 2.8 miles away); Trailways Bus Station Attack (approx. 2.8 miles away); Anniston Public Library Desegregation (approx. 2.9 miles away); Calhoun County World War I Memorial (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oxford.
 
Also see . . .  The Encyclopedia of Alabama on Oxford, Alabama. (Submitted on August 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Native AmericansRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
View of marker in Simmons Park. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 5, 2017
3. View of marker in Simmons Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 94 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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