“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Marion in Perry County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Muckle's Ridge

Muckle's Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 8, 2013
1. Muckle's Ridge Marker
Inscription. Side 1:
The site that became Marion was settled by Michael McElroy, traditionally known by his alias, Michael Muckle, around 1817. McElroy sold his property, which had become known as Muckle’s Ridge, to Anderson West in 1818. West and his wife moved into McElroy’s cabin, located near where the old jail is today, and cleared off a cornfield, upon which the courthouse now sits. The Alabama legislature formed Perry County in 1819, and the first county seat was at Perry Ridge, near the Cahaba. The state selected a committee to select a new county seat in early 1822, as Perry Ridge was too isolated from the majority of the county. Muckle’s Ridge won the committee’s vote because of its central location. Anderson West, owner of the town site, hoped to become wealthy by auctioning off his property into town lots. Unfortunately, the day of the auction, May 22, 1822, was rainy; the roads were nearly impassable, and few attended the auction. Many of the town lots sold for bargain prices.
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Side 2:
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Later in 1822, a community committee voted on a new name for the county seat, with Marion being chosen to honor General Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox” of the American Revolution. A two-story log cabin courthouse was erected
Muckle's Ridge Marker (Reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 8, 2013
2. Muckle's Ridge Marker (Reverse)
on the site of the present-day courthouse in the 1820s. A brick building replaced it in 1837. The current courthouse was built 1854-1856. General Sam Houston of Texas gave a speech here in May 1840. Later in the 19th century, the square was the hub of public life through the turbulent days of the Civil War and Reconstruction. This site was at the center of the civil and voting rights movements of the 1960s. Michael Muckle’s former pioneer homestead remains the heart of the social, business, cultural, and political life of Perry County.
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Marion.
Location. 32° 37.993′ N, 87° 19.129′ W. Marker is in Marion, Alabama, in Perry County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street and Green Street, on the right when traveling north on Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 310 Washington Street, Marion AL 36756, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate 6-pounder Field Gun (a few steps from this marker); Perry County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Nicola Marschall (within shouting distance of this marker); Jimmie Lee Jackson / Jackson's Death Led to 'Bloody Sunday' March
Perry County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 8, 2013
3. Perry County Courthouse
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Honoring: Reverend James Orange (about 400 feet away); In Memory of Albert Turner, Sr. (about 400 feet away); A Seed is Planted (about 400 feet away); Marion (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marion.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 446 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 9, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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