Foley in Baldwin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
City of Foley
The City of Foley was founded in 1905 by John B. Foley of Chicago. Mr. foley, who was in the pharmaceutical business, heard about this area from a railroad land agent as they traveled to President William McKinley's funeral in 1901. Mr. Foley came to Alabama the following year and purchased thousands of acres of land. He formed the Magnolia Land Company and began selling acreage to those in Chicago who wanted to move south and take advantage of the rich farmland. The Bay Minette-Fort Morgan Railway, a branch of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, was built for travel to Foley in 1905. Mr Foley supplied the ties for the line. The intention was to take the tracks all the way to Fort Morgan, but that never happened. The railroad was replaced the following year with the station that sits on this site. The first engine on this line was a wood-burner called the Pine Knot Special. It would make a morning trip to Bay Minette and return in the afternoon.
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Foley.
Location. 30° 24.393′ N, 87° 40.959′ W. Marker is in Foley, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker is on East Laurel Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 125 East Laurel Avenue, Foley AL 36536, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. City of Foley Camellia Walk (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cobb's Light (about 300 feet away); The Springs (approx. 5.2 miles away); Magnolia Springs, Alabama (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Charles Swift Family / Swift Coles Historic Home (approx. 7.1 miles Vicinity of Salt Works and Camp Anderson (approx. 8 miles away); Daphne United Methodist Church (approx. 8.7 miles away); Orange Beach, Alabama (approx. 10.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Foley.
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