York in Sumter County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
History of York / The Coleman Center
Legend has it that York began at a blacksmith shop called Old Anvil, located at a crossroads a few miles northwest of the present city. Circa 1833, early settlers of a site located east of modern-day York on the old Livingston-Gaston stagecoach road named their community New York Station. The railroads expanded and took business from the stagecoach line. The two communities merged in 1838 and gradually grew toward the railroad. Railways passing through York have included the Southern Railway System, the Alabama Great Southern Railroad, and the Alabama, Tennessee and Northern Railroad. In the 1850s, the permanent community of New York Station was established, and a train station and hotel were built to service the railroad. The name was shortened to York Station in 1861 and following the discovery that another community also bore that name, it was further shortened to York when the town was officially incorporated on April 6, 1881.
The Coleman Center for the Arts was founded in 1985 through the grassroots efforts of local citizens under the leadership of York native Dorothy “Tut” Altman Riddick. Located on York’s historic Avenue A, the Coleman Center’s campus includes buildings that formerly served as an auto mechanic’s
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of York.
Location. 32° 29.08′ N, 88° 17.729′ W. Marker is in York, Alabama, in Sumter County. Marker is at the intersection of Avenue A and College Street, on the right when traveling east on Avenue A. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 630 Avenue A, York AL 36925, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. York Veterans War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Line 32° 28´ North Latitude (approx. 1.9 miles away); Livingston, Ala. Sumter County Confederate Monument (approx. 9.2 miles away); Livingston, Alabama / Livingston's Bored Well (approx. 9.2 miles away); Sumter County (approx. 9.2 miles away); Sumter County's Covered Bridge (approx. 10 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Coleman Center for the Arts. (Submitted on October 19, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. The Encyclopedia of Alabama article on York. (Submitted on October 19, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
3. The Encyclopedia of Alabama article on the Coleman Center. (Submitted on October 19, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers •
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