Decatur in Morgan County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Health and Civic Welfare
Restoring the Vision ... Preserving the Legacy
Barrell C. Shelton in "The Decatur Story" 1949
Early leaders envisioned a healthy and prosperous New Decatur, and their city plan included elements to promote health and civic welfare. The town's easy access to both the river and the railroad was advantageous but would later present challenges. The river was a vital transportation link but also caused problems from flooding and disease. Dependence on one major employer (L&N) and one major crop (cotton) emphasized the need for diversification when the depression struck. Under the leadership of Barrett Shelton Sr., a Chamber of Commerce was formed to address the area's economic problems. Despite early reluctance, the group worked with TVA, and important strides were made in flood control, improved navigation, and disease control. TVA also brought inexpensive power and better farming practices to area residents. TVA's efforts harnessed the power of the river and vastly improved the life of area residents.
Location. 34° 35.852′ N, 86° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur AL 35601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Social and Cultural Opportunities (a few steps from this marker); Recreation and Refreshment (within shouting distance of this marker); Carolyn Cortner Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Beauty and Hope (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Albany (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. John's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); War in Vietnam (approx. 0.8 miles away); World War One (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Decatur.
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