Ashland in Clay County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Clay County was formed by an act of the Alabama General Assembly on December 7, 1866. Less than a year later, Ashland was established as the county seat on land donated by Hollingsworth Watts for the construction of a courthouse. Ashland was incorporated in 1871 and was named for 19th-century statesman Henry Clay's Kentucky home. During the early years, the town grew very rapidly that many predicted it would become more prosperous than Birmingham. The town continued to grow with the opening of Alabama's first graphite mine in 1899. When World War I ended, the market for graphite dropped drastically, thus ending the town's growth phase. The 1930's brought the Great Depression and boll weevil to Ashland that destroyed the cotton industry. Farmers were forced to abandon what had been the community's major industry. Timber, poultry, and cabinet making became the dominant industries by the beginning of the 21st century
Ashland residents have been drawn to community and public service since the town's beginning. County native Hugo Black served on the U.S. Supreme Court, Bob Riley served as the state's 52nd Governor from 2003-2011. Countless others have taken up the call to serve through the
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department, Lee Sentelll, Director.
Location. 33° 16.486′ N, 85° 50.162′ W. Marker is in Ashland, Alabama, in Clay County. Marker is at the intersection of Court Square and 1st Street North, on the right when traveling west on Court Square. Touch for map. Located in front of Ashland City Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 82 Court Square, Ashland AL 36251, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clay County / Clay County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Clay County and the Creek Indian War of 1813-14 / Clay County and the Creek Indian Confederacy (within shouting distance of this marker); Clay County Veterans Memorial First Baptist Church of Ashland (approx. half a mile away); John Richmond McCain (approx. 5.2 miles away); Lineville Alabama Monument (approx. 5.3 miles away); Goldville (approx. 13½ miles away); Battle of Enitachopko (approx. 14.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ashland.
Also see . . . Encyclopedia of Alabama article on Ashland & Clay County. (Submitted on June 8, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 359 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 8, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.