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Guin in Marion County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

City of Guin, Alabama: The Early Years / The Storms of 1974

 
 
City of Guin Alabama: The Early Years Marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 4, 2016
1. City of Guin Alabama: The Early Years Marker.
Inscription.
City of Guin, Alabama: The Early Years
In 1889, Dr. Jeremiah Guin gave land to the Kansas City, Missouri & Birmingham Railroad to allow completion of its Memphis to Birmingham railway. The rails connected at Dr. Guin's farm, about mile west of the present railroad crossing, with a ceremonial golden spike being driven to commemorate the occasion. A flagstop (depot) called Guin was established and soon thereafter 32 citizens petitioned the Alabama legislature for incorporation of a town. The depot was operated until the 1960s, and was the site where many local soldiers boarded trains to fight in WWI, WWII and the Korean War. The Town of Guin, incorporated on December 30, 1889, initially had about 350 citizens, 13 storehouses, four hotels, two cotton yards and a livery stable. Over the following years, Guin became home for Marion County's first high school, a bank, automobile dealership and America's first combined Senior Center/Disaster Shelter facility with the Collins Life Center.

The Storms of 1974
On April 3, 1974, the Guin area was struck by an outbreak of violent tornadoes which still rank among the most severe in recorded history. The tornado which struck downtown Guin was classified as an F5 super cell tornado registering speeds of up to 250 miles
The Storms of 1974 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 4, 2016
2. The Storms of 1974 Marker
per hour. Twenty-Three local people lost their lives that night and hundreds more were injured. About 2,000 residents were left homeless from the total loss of 221 homes and partial damage to 358 more. Guin's business district was flattened, with 55 businesses, its hospital, City Hall, and rural electric office all sustaining damage. The Baptist, Church of Christ, and Methodist Churches were also demolished. In the months after the storm, The Alabama National Guard, U.S. Small Business, H.U.D. Administration, the American Red Cross, and thousands of volunteers from all over America poured into Guin to assist in the rebuilding effort.
 
Erected 2010 by The Alabama Tourism Department and The City of Guin.
 
Location. 33° 57.947′ N, 87° 54.879′ W. Marker is in Guin, Alabama, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of 11th Avenue (U.S. 43) and U.S. 278, on the right when traveling west on 11th Avenue. Touch for map. Located in the corner Guin Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7500 U.S. 43, Guin AL 35563, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historical Pikeville (approx. 5.6 miles away); Winfield, Alabama (approx. 6.2 miles away); General Jackson's Military Road
Remains of the Guin Mobile Home plant after an F5 tornado in 1974. image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain.
3. Remains of the Guin Mobile Home plant after an F5 tornado in 1974.
(approx. 8.9 miles away); Toll Gate (approx. 11 miles away); Hamilton, Alabama (approx. 12.7 miles away); History of Marion Territory and Marion County Courts (approx. 12.9 miles away); The First Alabama Cavalry (approx. 12.9 miles away); Confederate Veterans Bicentennial Memorial (approx. 12.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia extract on the Guin Tornado of 1974. (Submitted on August 12, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Blog about the April 3, 1974 – Guin Tornado (with photos). (Submitted on August 12, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. DisastersRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
Guin Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 4, 2016
4. Guin Memorial Park
In memory of those who died in tornado - April 3, 1974
View of marker looking west towards Alabama Highway 142. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 4, 2016
5. View of marker looking west towards Alabama Highway 142.
This marker and tornado marker in Guin Memorial Park. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 4, 2016
6. This marker and tornado marker in Guin Memorial Park.
Marker on left near road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 94 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 12, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   6. submitted on September 18, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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