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

Winfield, Alabama

Winfield Alabama Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jeff Lovorn, December 14, 2011
1. Winfield Alabama Marker
Inscription. Earliest visitors to the region now known as Winfield were bands of Chickasaw Indians who frequented this area as a hunting ground. The abundant wildlife of the Appalachian foothills made this area attractive to early hunters. After the Chickasaw Indians ceded their lands to the U.S. Government in 1816, settlers from the first colonies began moving west into the newly organized territory. These pioneers took advantage of the rich soil they found and farmed the land to sustain their families. In the post Civil War years, there was little opportunity for growth in the sparsely populated farmlands and underdeveloped wilderness of this area. Transformation began in 1896 with the arrival of surveyors of the Kansas City, Memphis, and Birmingham Railroad. They sought to link their cities by rail. As the little railroad village began to grow, residents decided their new hometown needed a name. Luxapalilla was the first consideration, but some citizens jokingly began calling it "Needmore". The U.S. Postal Service did not approve the new name because another Needmore already existed in Alabama.

Admirers of General Winfield Scott, a military leader in the Mexican War of 1847, suggested that the new town be named after their respected hero. Therefore on January 15, 1891, the town of Winfield was incorporated. As the railroad company laid out Winfield's first streets, they also launched the economy of the town. Through the years, the railroad brought in growth in commerce, new families, and even a famous visitor in 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt. The 1950's and 1960's ushered in an industrial age. The city prospered as roads were built and improved. A city school system was established in 1955, which has consistently been a top ranked system since its inception. Late September brings many visitors to Winfield for the annual Mule Day Festival, a tradition hosted by the Winfield Chamber of Commerce since 1975.
Winfield Alabama Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jeff Lovorn, December 14, 2011
2. Winfield Alabama Marker

Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and The City of Winfield.
Location. 33° 55.774′ N, 87° 48.961′ W. Marker is in Winfield, Alabama, in Marion County. Marker is on Bankhead Highway, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winfield AL 35594, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. City of Guin, Alabama: The Early Years / The Storms of 1974 (approx. 6.2 miles away); Historical Pikeville (approx. 11 miles away); General Jackson's Military Road (approx. 14.4 miles away); Toll Gate (approx. 16.1 miles away).
Also see . . .  Encyclopedia of Alabama entry on Winfield. (Submitted on January 4, 2013, by Laura Hill of Auburn, Alabama.)
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, Mexican-American
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 11, 2012, by Jeff Lovorn of Florence, Mississippi. This page has been viewed 458 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on July 20, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 11, 2012, by Jeff Lovorn of Florence, Mississippi. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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