Pride in Our Past, Faith in Our Future
Red Bay is nestled in the northwest corner of the state in Franklin County. The oak trees, planted by the Garden Club in 1937, issue a Main Street welcome through the “tunnel of trees.” Originally inhabited by Chickasaw Indians in what was then part of the Mississippi Territory. Red Bay became home to settlers when the Illinois Central Railroad came through the area. Named for the rich red clay and abundance of bay trees, Red Bay officially became incorporated on July 17, 1907. The following year ushered in the first banking institution and businesses opened to serve this farming and lumber community at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Citizens worshipped in a brush arbor which became the site of the first school. Historic preservation and progressive leadership are reflective of the town’s spirit. Many ancestors of Red Bay’s founding fathers still reside in this thriving city with several home-grown industries including two Fortune 500 Companies.
The Red Bay Museum, Arts & Entertainment Center, Bay Tree Council for the Performing Arts, Cypress Cove Farm, and a school, hospital, churches, library, newspaper, radio/television, civic organizations and golf course blend past with present in providing an enhanced quality of life. Bear Creek Lakes, surrounding the place Native Americans once called home, are popular recreational areas. Holding sentinel to the north are Freedom Hills, fertile with folklore and lush southern forest. In 2007, Red Bay began its Centennial Celebration underneath a canopy of radiant crepe myrtles with the official proclamation during High Noon in the Park. The story unfolded through mini-celebrations, Founders Fest, and the Big Picnic 100th Birthday Party. A time capsule placed in Bay Tree Park and containing artifacts from the year of remembering, will be exhumed in 2058.
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Red Bay.
Location. 34° 26.439′ N, 88° 8.557′ W. Marker is in Red Bay, Alabama, in Franklin County. Marker is on 4th Avenue SE, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Between 2nd and 3rd Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Red Bay AL 35582, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Red Bay Ice and Gin Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Yarber Grist Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Bay Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); The Calaboose (within shouting distance of this marker); Red Bay School (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Red Bay Depot & Hotel (about 800 feet away); Mac McAnally (approx. 6.2 miles away in Mississippi); History of Vina (approx. 6˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Red Bay.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2011, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 779 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2011, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on October 3, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.