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

Elgin/Elgin Crossroads

Elgin/Elgin Crossroads Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 7, 2013
1. Elgin/Elgin Crossroads Marker (side 1)
Inscription. (side 1)
Settlement of this area began in the early 1800s. Gabriel Butler settled approximately two miles northwest of here on Bluewater Creek. His name is found on the 1810 petition for removal of white settlers leasing land on Chief Doublehead’s Reserve. Gabriel Butler built a Baptist Church on his property which is believed to be the first church in the area. Other early landowners were John Bradford, Daniel White, Walter West, Robert Jackson, Aristides Jackson, Benjamin Ingram, George Ingram, and Moses Ingram. Huntsville Road (Highway 72) and Bellevue Road (Highway 101) was an important intersection. Huntsville Road was a major route from Chattanooga through Florence to Memphis. Bellevue Road led from a natural port on the Tennessee River called Dutch Landing, north to the Military Road near Loretto, Tennessee. Both roads brought much-needed supplies to the early settlers of Elgin and provided routes for them to sell and trade their farm goods. This community has been known as Ingrams Crossroads, Crittendens Crossroads, Crossroads, Elgin Crossroads, and Elgin. The first post office, named Marmion, was established in 1836 and renamed Ingrams Crossroads in 1949. The Ingram home was located just north of this intersection.
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Elgin/Elgin Crossroads Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 7, 2013
2. Elgin/Elgin Crossroads Marker (side 2)
George, and Moses Ingram are listed on the 1850 census as merchants. During the Civil War, Ingrams Crossroads served as a recruiting station for the Confederate States of America. Men enlisted into the 27th Alabama Infantry, 7th Alabama Cavalry, 9th Alabama Cavalry, and the 14th Alabama Infantry. Ingrams Crossroads Post Office was abandoned in 1868. The community was then referred to as Crittendens Crossroads until 1901 when a post office was re-established and given the name Elgin Post Office. Although this post office closed in 1905, the name Elgin has remained. The first Crossroads School was located here. It was a one-room structure built in the late 1800s. In 1917, a three-room school was built about 300 yards south of here on land given by F.E. Jackson to J.H. Belew. In 1939, four additional adjoining acres were donated by E.M. Jackson. In 1942, the Works Progress Administration completed a brick school here named Crossroads School, later renamed Elgin Elementary School. The school closed in 1985. Today thanks to the Elgin Senior Citizens, the lunchroom and auditorium have been preserved.
Erected by East Lauderdale Historical Society.
Location. 34° 51.045′ N, 87° 23.467′ W. Marker is in Elgin, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is at the intersection
Elgin/Elgin Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 7, 2013
3. Elgin/Elgin Crossroads Marker
Marker is in front of Elgin United Methodist Church.
of Alabama Route 101 and Putnam Parkway, on the left when traveling north on State Route 101. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2743 Highway 101, Rogersville AL 35652, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Daniel White (approx. 1.2 miles away); Covington/Second Creek / Wheeler Dam/Lake (approx. 1.2 miles away); Cherokee Chief Doublehead's village around 1800 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Wheeler Dam • Wheeler Reservoir/Locks (approx. 2½ miles away); Jesse James Gang Canal Payroll Robbery/Trial of Frank James (approx. 2½ miles away); Springfield Community 1810/Springfield Church and School (approx. 2.6 miles away); Mitchell Town Community (approx. 2.8 miles away); Center (Centre) Star (approx. 3.7 miles away).
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 741 times since then and 78 times this year. Last updated on May 31, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 10, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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