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Emelle in Sumter County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Town of Emelle, Alabama

A One of a Kind Community

 
 
Town of Emelle, Alabama Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 19, 2016
1. Town of Emelle, Alabama Marker
Inscription. This community honors Emelle Dial, whose father Joseph Dial gave land to the Alabama, Tennessee and Northern Railroad with the provision that the station be named for his daughter. The daughter is said to have been named for her two aunts, Emma and Ella, but having none with these names, seems instead to have been named for Emelie Spencer, an acquaintance of her family who attended the same church as Emma and Ella. In the 1980s, Emelie was ground zero in the controversy over the sprawling Chemical Waste Management landfill just outside of the city limits. Outraged that the company had chosen to operate in this community, local citizens and environmental groups, including Alabamians for a Clean Environment banded together. Emelle did not succeed in closing the land field entirely, however, the towns efforts spearheaded the imposition of higher state taxes and stronger federal regulations which severely hampered the company's operations. Emelle boasts several historic churches and continuously works toward rebuilding the strong retail base that once existed in the area. Emelle takes pride in its people and believes its place in West Alabama to be a one-of-kind community.
 
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Emelle.
 
Location.
Emelle City Hall and Fire Station next to marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 19, 2016
2. Emelle City Hall and Fire Station next to marker.
32° 43.689′ N, 88° 18.913′ W. Marker is in Emelle, Alabama, in Sumter County. Marker is at the intersection of County Road 24 and Dailey Avenue, on the right when traveling west on County Road 24. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 123 Dailey Avenue, Emelle AL 35459, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Scooba Cemetery (approx. 9.8 miles away in Mississippi); Woodbury (approx. 11.2 miles away); Town of Gainesville (approx. 11.2 miles away); Sumter County's Covered Bridge (approx. 12 miles away); Livingston, Ala. (approx. 12.4 miles away); Livingston, Alabama / Livingston's Bored Well (approx. 12.4 miles away); Sumter County Confederate Monument (approx. 12 miles away); Sumter County (approx. 12 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on Emelle, Alabama. (Submitted on February 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. University of Michigan on Emelle, Alabama: Home Of The Nation's Largest Hazardous Waste Landfill. (Submitted on February 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. EnvironmentSettlements & Settlers
 
View looking east on County Road 24. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 19, 2016
3. View looking east on County Road 24.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 264 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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