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Historical Markers and War Memorials in DeKalb County, Alabama

 
Clickable Map of DeKalb County, Alabama and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg DeKalb County, AL (32) Cherokee County, AL (45) Etowah County, AL (37) Jackson County, AL (38) Marshall County, AL (34) Chattooga County, GA (10) Dade County, GA (14) Walker County, GA (371)  DeKalbCounty(32) DeKalb County (32)  CherokeeCounty(45) Cherokee County (45)  EtowahCounty(37) Etowah County (37)  JacksonCounty(38) Jackson County (38)  MarshallCounty(34) Marshall County (34)  ChattoogaCountyGeorgia(10) Chattooga County (10)  DadeCounty(14) Dade County (14)  WalkerCounty(371) Walker County (371)
Fort Payne is the county seat for DeKalb County
Adjacent to DeKalb County, Alabama
      Cherokee County (45)  
      Etowah County (37)  
      Jackson County (38)  
      Marshall County (34)  
      Chattooga County, Georgia (10)  
      Dade County, Georgia (14)  
      Walker County, Georgia (371)  
 
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1Alabama, DeKalb County, Collinsville — Collinsville Historic District
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in February 2006, the district includes 117 commercial and residential properties dating from around 1875 to 1950. The district lies along and adjacent to Grand Avenue, South Valley Avenue and Main . . . Map (db m62367) HM
2Alabama, DeKalb County, Collinsville — Fires and Floods
Collinsville burned twice. On December 24, 1884, the Collinsville Depot, Hall-Mackey Store and other businesses were destroyed. Flames again swept the town on February 2, 1900, damaging and destroying businesses and homes including: B.A. Nowlin . . . Map (db m62377) HM
3Alabama, DeKalb County, Collinsville — Indian Mound, Inn, and Church Site
Cherokee Indians first inhabited this mound site, subsequently settled by A.H. Lamar, a captain in the Seminole War and first constable (1836) of DeKalb County. Lamar and his Cherokee wife operated trading post and stage coach stop on site, selling . . . Map (db m62366) HM
4Alabama, DeKalb County, Crossville — Town of Crossville
(front) Crossville, once known as a little village, was named by James A. Copeland because of the area’s many crossroads. In the mid-1800s, mail was brought through Crossville from Rome, GA and Guntersville, AL by stagecoach. The first . . . Map (db m79904) HM
5Alabama, DeKalb County, Fort Payne — Alabama"The Boys From Fort Payne" — 2006 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee —
In the late '60s, cousins Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry discovered they shared a common interest in music. Joined by Jeff Cook, they started playing on a regular basis. Working their day jobs and playing any place they could locally in the evenings, . . . Map (db m25277) HM
6Alabama, DeKalb County, Fort Payne — Boom Town Historic District
Around 1889-1891 Fort Payne experienced a great industrial boom due to promotion by New England investors who speculated greatly on the area’s mineral deposits. During this period several highly ornate commercial and civic buildings, along with the . . . Map (db m28027) HM
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7Alabama, DeKalb County, Fort Payne — Cherokee Indian Removal
Under the provisions of the Cherokee Removal Act of 1830, a log stockade was built, “Two hundred yards Northeast of Big Spring.” The spring supplied abundant water for the Cherokees, the soldiers and livestock. Fort Payne was used as . . . Map (db m36743) HM
8Alabama, DeKalb County, Fort Payne — Confederate Monument
(front) 1861 1865 To the Confederate Soldiers. Some of whom sacrificed all, and all of whom sacrificed much. (left side) On fame's eternal camping ground their silent tents are spread, and glory guards with solemn . . . Map (db m100368) WM
9Alabama, DeKalb County, Fort Payne — Fort Payne Cabin Historic Site
In 1837 Federal Troops arrived in this area to select a fort location for the collection, holding and removal of the Cherokee. Part of a much larger compound, this site contained a cabin seized by the troops for use as part of the fort. Today a . . . Map (db m100286) HM
10Alabama, DeKalb County, Fort Payne — Fort Payne Opera House
Opened Sept. 1890. Built during local boom period. Converted into theatre during era of silent movies. Closed as a theatre in October, 1935. Purchased by Landmarks of DeKalb County, Inc. 1969. Renovated, restored and reopened to public in 1970. The . . . Map (db m83686) HM
11Alabama, DeKalb County, Fort Payne — Fort Payne’s Fort
The fort, consisting of a log house and large stockade, was built in 1838 by order of General Winfield Scott, commander of military forces responsible for the removal of Cherokee Indians. Soldiers occupying the fort were commanded by Captain . . . Map (db m28030) HM
12Alabama, DeKalb County, Fort Payne — Indians, Settlers, and Tourists — Little River Canyon National Preserve —
Little River Canyon has been attracting humans for over 10,000 years. Ancestors of the American Indians came here to hunt, gather fruits and nuts, and create temporary settlements. In 1540 Hernando DeSoto and his army of Spanish soldiers passed . . . Map (db m196858) HM
13Alabama, DeKalb County, Fort Payne — Lebanon
Fourth county seat DeKalb County, Alabama Feb. 1, 1841 — May 1, 1878Map (db m156259) HM
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14Alabama, DeKalb County, Fort Payne — Lebanon Courthouse
Lebanon Courthouse was constructed during the 1840s when Lebanon, the county seat of DeKalb County, was a thriving community with inns, taverns, and government offices. This building, built for courthouse use, remained in use as a courthouse until . . . Map (db m156255) HM
15Alabama, DeKalb County, Fort Payne — Main Street Historic District
The Fort Payne Main Street Historic District developed between 1889 and the 1940s, because of the city's rapid growth during the hosiery mill industry boom. The increased population needed new commercial and governmental buildings, which were . . . Map (db m100028) HM
16Alabama, DeKalb County, Fort Payne — Sequoyah(1760-1843)
Born in Tennessee, Sequoyah moved to Wills Town (DeKalb County, Alabama) area of the Cherokee Nation in 1818. Here, in 1821, he invented an 86 symbol alphabet providing the Cherokees with the only written Indian language in the United States. . . . Map (db m28033) HM
17Alabama, DeKalb County, Fort Payne — Site of the Willstown Mission1823-1839
Also resting place of Supt Ard Hoyt 1770-1828 Missionary to the Cherokee Indians Here and at Brainerd 1818-1828Map (db m36965) HM
18Alabama, DeKalb County, Fort Payne — Trail of TearsJohn Benge Route — Fort Payne, Alabama to Oklahoma —
The first detachment of 1,103 Cherokees to emigrate under their own officers, prior to leaving for the west held a final council at Rattlesnake Springs (near present-day Charleston, TN) and, by unanimous vote, declared their intentions to continue . . . Map (db m113846) HM
19Alabama, DeKalb County, Fort Payne — Trail of Tears – 1838 — Little River Canyon National Preserve —
In 1838 U. S. soldiers and local militia rounded up over 1,100 men, women, and children in the Little River area during the forced removal of the Cherokee and Muscogee (Creek) Indians. Soldiers held some of them at Fort Likens and Fort Lovell east . . . Map (db m196860) HM
20Alabama, DeKalb County, Fort Payne — Wills Town Mission
The mission was established in 1823 by the American Board of Missions to further education and Christianity among the Cherokee Indians. Mission operated until the Indian removal in 1838. Grave site of Reverend Ard Hoyt, first superintendent, . . . Map (db m28035) HM
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21Alabama, DeKalb County, Geraldine — Town of Geraldine: Home of the Bulldogs
(front) No one knows for sure how Geraldine got its name. Some say it was named for a lovely Indian maiden. The first official record was on September 5, 1882 when Mr. William A. Johnson applied for the location of a new post office. The . . . Map (db m79905) HM
22Alabama, DeKalb County, Henagar — The Road to Chickamauga
On Aug. 29, 1863, the Union XX Army Corps under Maj. Gen. Alexander M. McCook and the Army of the Cumberland's cavalry under Maj. Gen. David S. Stanley broke camp at Stevenson, AL and crossed the Tennessee River at Caperton's Ferry. This force of . . . Map (db m156168) HM
23Alabama, DeKalb County, Mentone — The A. A. Miller Dam
The A. A. Miller Dam Built in 1925 for the first Hydro Electric power in North Alabama. Lower Plaque Memorial cairn erected by William A. (Bill) Wise Grandson of A. A. MillerMap (db m182069) HM
24Alabama, DeKalb County, Mentone — Town Of Mentone
Front: The first Lookout Mountain settlers arrived shortly after the Cherokee Indian removal of 1838-1839. These pioneers had been too late for homesteading the good farmland in northwest Georgia. They now turned their attention to Lookout . . . Map (db m83688) HM
25Alabama, DeKalb County, Rainsville — McCurdy House
Built in 1931 by the McCurdy family, the home's interior was lined completely with cedar wood and the floor made of hand selected quarter-sawed oak. Beveled glass was in the windows and doors. Home to a delicatessen in the 1980s, plans were being . . . Map (db m156252) HM
26Alabama, DeKalb County, Sulphur Springs — POW-MIA Memorial
You are not forgottenMap (db m213364) WM
27Alabama, DeKalb County, Sulphur Springs — The De Soto TrailHernando De Soto In Alabama
Alabama in the fall of 1540. This was the first major European expedition to the interior of the southeastern United States. The De Soto expedition had landed at Tampa Bay, Florida, in the spring of 1539-47 years after Columbus discovered . . . Map (db m213362) HM
28Alabama, DeKalb County, Sulphur Springs — The De Soto Trail
1492 - Columbus visits Caribbean islands 1519 - Pineda visits Mobile area 1528 - Narváez reaches Mobile area 1540 - De Soto explores Alabama 1559 - De Luna retraces De Soto's route in Alabama 1702 - French establish first . . . Map (db m213363) HM
29Alabama, DeKalb County, Sulphur Springs — Veterans Memorial
They gave their last full measure of devotionMap (db m213365) WM
30Alabama, DeKalb County, Sulphur Springs — Wells Town
A Cherokee town founded 1770. Situated on Big Wills Creek, named for a half-breed chief, Red-Headed Will. A place of importance in the Cherokee Territory, it was the home of Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee Alphabet; John Ross, the last chief of . . . Map (db m213367) HM
31Alabama, DeKalb County, Valley Head — Former Site Of Battelle
Former Site Of Battelle Thriving iron ore and coal mining community of early 1900’s established by Colonel John Gordon Battelle five miles north of Valley Head.Map (db m61018) HM
32Alabama, DeKalb County, Valley Head — Site of Cherokee Council Tree
Here stood The giant Black Spanish Oak Under which Traditionally Sequoyah Taught his newly invented Alphabet Tree felled by a storm 1934Map (db m28036) HM
 
 
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Feb. 5, 2023