Cordova in Walker County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
City Of Cordova
Cordova, Alabama, located in Walker County on the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River, was founded in 1859 by Captain Benjamin McFarland Long. He named the town after one in Mexico where he served under Robert E. Lee during the Mexican War (1846-1848). In 1885, Long moved into a residence that had begun construction in 1883. The two-story structure was built in the early Greek Revival-style with Doric columns and four massive chimneys. In 1886, two railroads came to Cordova. They became the present-day Burlington Northern Santa Fe and the Southern. Long was instrumental in bringing the Indian Head Mills to Cordova. Ground was broken for the textile factory in 1896 and the factory opened in 1898. An entire community evolved around the mill, including a ten-room school, library, hotel, and a commissary. One hundred thirty tenements were built for workers. The mill employed more than 800 and operated in three shifts. The closing of the mill in 1962 was devastating to the economy of the area.
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Cordova.
Location. 33° 45.5′ N, 87° 10.954′ W. Marker is in Cordova, Alabama, in Walker County. Marker is at the intersection of Mill Street and Main Street, on the right when traveling east on Mill Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Main Street, Cordova AL 35550, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Brockman Bankhead Home (approx. 7.3 miles away); Confederate Monument (approx. 7½ miles away); Walker County War Memorial Walker County (approx. 7½ miles away); First United Methodist Church Jasper/President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (approx. 7½ miles away); Memorial Park (approx. 8½ miles away).
Also see . . . Cordova, Alabama. Wikipedia (Submitted on June 18, 2011.)
1. Cordova hit by two tornados
On Wednesday April 27, 2011 a flurry of tornadoes ripped through the State of Alabama. On that day the City of Cordova was hit by two tornadoes that killed four people and caused extensive damage to the city. The first tornado hit the city early that Wednesday morning damaging the city’s downtown area. That early morning tornado traveled through Walker County for 19 miles and up to 300 yards wide. The National Weather Service rated this tornado as an EF-3. Later in the day in the afternoon, a second tornado with much stronger winds cuts a wide path destroying what was not destroyed by the first tornado. Long Memorial Methodist Church, and the old Long home was severely damaged by that storm. That tornado started in Pickens County and traveled 123+ miles and up to ¾ mile wide. The National Weather Service rated this tornado as
The Spring of 2011 storms are now history. A history that many would want to forget. In due time this town along with many other cities and communities throughout the United States that were hit hard by the tornados will rebuild.
— Submitted June 5, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,460 times since then and 6 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week June 26, 2011. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on June 5, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. 12, 13, 14. submitted on February 17, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.