Evergreen in Conecuh County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
City of Evergreen
The Emerald City
Evergreen, the county seat of Conecuh County, is located in the central part of the county on the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. Founded in 1819 by James Cosey, George Andrews and the Clough Brothers, Evergreen was originally known as "Cosey’s Old Field." Reverend Alexander Travis, the uncle of William Barrett Travis, from the famous Battle of the Alamo, came along and began calling it Evergreen. Evergreen had a population of 500 in 1870. It was incorporated on March 28, 1875. At the 2000 census, the population was 3,630.
The name "Conecuh" comes from the Muscogee Native American word "econneka," meaning "land of cane," which refers to the great amounts of native cane that once grew in the area. Evergreen was made famous by decorating the White House with smilax for President Grover Cleveland, which was the basis for the previous motto, "Evergreen Decorates America." Having an abundance of nature’s own green foliage led to Evergreen’s present motto, "The Emerald City."
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Evergreen.
Location. 31° 25.973′ N, 86° 57.32′ W. Marker is in Evergreen, Alabama, in Conecuh County. Marker is at the intersection of East Front Street and Depot Square, on the right when traveling west on East Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 131 East Front Street, Evergreen AL 36401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Bank of Evergreen (within shouting distance of this marker); Alice's (within shouting distance of this marker); Ernest Stanley Crawford, M.D. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Conecuh County War Memorial (about 600 feet away); Evergreen Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alexander Travis (approx. 0.4 miles away); Alabama Baptist Children’s Home Site (approx. 0.7 miles away); Reverend Hillary James Hawkins, D.D. (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Evergreen.
Also see . . .
1. Listening Post-Observation Post blog about marker. (Submitted on March 8, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. City of Evergreen website. (Submitted on March 8, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
3. Wikipedia article on City of Evergreen (Submitted on March 8, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 383 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on March 8, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.