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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Elmore County, Alabama

Clickable Map of Elmore County, Alabama and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Elmore County, AL (47) Autauga County, AL (38) Chilton County, AL (31) Coosa County, AL (3) Macon County, AL (91) Montgomery County, AL (381) Tallapoosa County, AL (57)  ElmoreCounty(47) Elmore County (47)  AutaugaCounty(38) Autauga County (38)  ChiltonCounty(31) Chilton County (31)  CoosaCounty(3) Coosa County (3)  MaconCounty(91) Macon County (91)  MontgomeryCounty(381) Montgomery County (381)  TallapoosaCounty(57) Tallapoosa County (57)
Wetumpka is the county seat for Elmore County
Adjacent to Elmore County, Alabama
      Autauga County (38)  
      Chilton County (31)  
      Coosa County (3)  
      Macon County (91)  
      Montgomery County (381)  
      Tallapoosa County (57)  
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1 Alabama, Elmore County, Coosada — William Wyatt Bibb← grave 300 yards 1819-1820
First governor of Alabama 1819-1820 Only governor of Alabama Territory 1817-1819 Born in Amelia County, Va., Oct. 2, 1781 In U.S. Congress from Georgia 1805-1813 Moved here from Elbert County, Ga., 1817 Buried in private . . . Map (db m71180) HM
2 Alabama, Elmore County, Deatsville — Coosa River Community Memorial
Memorial dedicated to the memory of David Franklin Foreman Harriet Bell Wilson Foreman They deeded this land to the Coosa River Community to build two churches and a school house. Date deeded Sept. 15, 1903 Marker erected by their . . . Map (db m225568) HM
3 Alabama, Elmore County, Eclectic — The Hank Williams Kowaliga Cabin1952
At this site stands the cabin where country music legend Hank Williams composed the song “Kaw-liga” in August, 1952. The song’s title was derived from the name of a Creek Indian town located on the banks of the Kowaliga Creek until 1836. . . . Map (db m68038) HM
4 Alabama, Elmore County, Holtville — Holtville School
In the late 1930's and early 1940's Holtville School won national acclaim as one the foremost examples of the progressive education movement in the U.S. It was one of 33 southern schools in 1938 chosen to receive financial support in developing new . . . Map (db m83689) HM
5 Alabama, Elmore County, Millbrook — Robinson Springs Camp Confederate Monument
Robinson Springs Camp 1861-1865 Confederates These lent our cause it's Holy Consecration left front: Volunteers from Robinson Springs Community, Abercrombie, Leonard ∙ Allen, James M. Co. D. 21 Ala. Regt. ∙ . . . Map (db m83692) WM
6 Alabama, Elmore County, Millbrook — Robinson Springs Neighborhood
Side 1: Clear, bubbling springs have enticed people to this vicinity for thousands of years. Native American hunting paths led to them and after the defeat of the Creek Indians by the United States in 1813, old trails became the Jackson and . . . Map (db m71177) HM
7 Alabama, Elmore County, Millbrook — Robinson Springs United Methodist Church
This notable Greek Revival structure was completed in the late 1840's on land donated by Eli Robinson. The congregation was established 1828-1830 and the first church, built of logs, was located c. 1 mile east of here. Charter members were: Rev. . . . Map (db m71178) HM
8 Alabama, Elmore County, Millbrook — William Wyatt Bibb1781-1820
. . . Map (db m71179) HM
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9 Alabama, Elmore County, Millbrook — World War II Memorial Center
A Recreation Center for Millbrook, Robinson Springs, and Coosada Memorial Center Dedicated as a living memorial to the boys who lost their lives in the service of their country during World War II 1941 — 1945 Frank . . . Map (db m83721) WM
10 Alabama, Elmore County, Tallassee — Brigadier General Birkett Davenport Fry, CSA / Tallassee Confederate Officers Quarters
Brigadier General Birkett Davenport Fry, CSA (1822-1891) In his lifetime General Birkett D. Fry was a cadet at Virginia Military Institute and West Point; 1st Lt. (U.S. Infantry) in Mexican War; lawyer in California; mercenary-soldier of . . . Map (db m95112) HM
11 Alabama, Elmore County, Tallassee — Tallassee Armory
Only Confederate armory not destroyed during the Civil War. Col. Gorgas, ordnance chief, had carbine shop moved here into Tallassee Mfg. Co. mill in spring, 1864 as war threatened Richmond, Va. armory. War ended before plant neared goal of . . . Map (db m83722) HM
12 Alabama, Elmore County, Tallassee — The First United Methodist Church of TallasseeFounded 1853
The history of this church encompasses the span of worldwide Methodism from the time of John Wesley to the present. A Methodist Society was organized in Tallassee in 1853 by 15 charter members who gathered in the "White Store," a mill company . . . Map (db m160158) HM
13 Alabama, Elmore County, Tallassee — Tukabatchee / Tokvpvcce
(north side) Tukabatchee On this bend of the Tallapoosa River, stretching out before you, lay one of the ancient towns of the Muscogee Creek People, called Tukabatchee. Tukabatchee is one of the original four mother . . . Map (db m92945) HM
14 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Bartram's Trail
William Bartram, America’s first native born artist-naturalist, passed through Elmore County during the Revolutionary era, making the first scientific notations of its flora, fauna and inhabitants. In 1776 the appointed botanist of Britain’s King . . . Map (db m69431) HM
15 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Crommelin Memorial
The memorial includes inscriptions on four sides. Richard Gunter Crommelin Lieutenant Commander U.S. Navy January 8, 1917 - July 14, 1945 Young fighter pilot on U.S.S. Yorktown CV-5. Shot down two Japanese Zeros in Battle of Coral . . . Map (db m137263) HM WM
16 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Elmore County Korean War MemorialKorea — 1950-1953 —
In memory of those who served and those who made the supreme sacrifice in that forgotten war from Elmore County Booth Izea PVT AR 11/28/50 Died Capture Brozell Albert M CPL AR 09/09/50 Killed in Action Causey Billy J PVT AR 08/17/50 . . . Map (db m67935) WM
17 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Elmore County Training School
Constructed in 1924 on five acres, this building was one of nine schools constructed in Elmore County with funding assistance from the Julius Rosenwald Fund. Between 1912-32, Julius Rosenwald, a Jewish philanthropist and CEO of Sears, Roebuck and . . . Map (db m70548) HM
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18 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Elmore County Vietnam War Memorial
In honor of the fallen heroes of Elmore County who gave their lives in the Vietnam War Clark, Richard • Johnson, Joseph W. • Ruffin, James Thomas Cook, Larry Davidson • Mathis, David Linwood • Smith, John Lee Cottrell, Willie James • . . . Map (db m67932) WM
19 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Elmore County World War I Memorial1917   -   1918 — Elmore County, Alabama —
Dedicated on this Centennial to those Who Served and Made the Ultimate Sacrifice Barker, Adolphus · Lewis, Henry Benton, Edwin J. * · Macon, Preston A. * Boswell, James A. ** · Martin, Oders M. * Boyer, James T. · Melton, William H. + . . . Map (db m145086) WM
20 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — First Baptist Church of Wetumpka
(side 1) Baptists settlers scattered along the Coosa River Valley established the church May 26, 1821. For the first twenty years, it was mostly known as the Coosa River Baptist Church. Migrating members sought several locations for the . . . Map (db m83723) HM
21 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — First Presbyterian ChurchFounded 1836 Reported missing
Built, 1856, dedicated 1857, combining exterior Gothic style with Greek Revival interior. Original part designed as a rectangular block. Wings were added on eastern and western sides in the middle 1900's. At that time a choir rail replaced original . . . Map (db m67943) HM
22 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Fort Jackson
At this site stood Fort Toulouse, later Fort Jackson, named in honor of Gen. Andrew Jackson who on March 27, 1814, defeated the Creek Indians in a decisive battle at Horseshoe Bend. Erected by Peter Forney Chapter D.A.R. . . . Map (db m69705) HM
23 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Here Stood Fort Toulouse
Here stood Fort Toulouse A defense against the Indians Built by Bienville 1714 The Alabama Society of Colonial Dames preserves the memory of faithful service 1912Map (db m69567) HM
24 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — High Water Mark57 Feet 11 Inches — (12 Feet 11 Inches Above Flood Stage) —
April 8, 1938 On this day, the Coosa River rose to this level at this location after heavy rainfall over the Coosa River basin. For more information, contact: National Weather Service Birmingham, Alabama . . . Map (db m123857) HM
25 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Lock 31Elmore County
In 1889, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built, a series of 31 locks and dams on the Coosa River. Lock 31 is the last in that series. The project was intended to assist steamboat travel through a series of river rapids starting as far north . . . Map (db m197783) HM
26 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Old Calaboosec. 1820
First Jail in WetumpkaMap (db m123938) HM
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27 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — The Mound at Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson ParkAlabama Indigenous Mound Trail
This earthen mound and an adjacent village were built by people of the Mississippian culture who likely had some relationship to the major mound center at Moundville near present-day Tuscaloosa. The Mississippian culture is believed to have . . . Map (db m145084) HM
28 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — The Wetumpka Light Guard1861 - 1865
. . . Map (db m67948) WM
29 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Welton Blanton Doby High SchoolElmore County
W. B. Doby served as the first President of the Elmore County Teachers Association, Principal of Elmore County Training School, and as an ordained minister in the A.M.E. Church. Local leaders dedicated this school for African-American students on . . . Map (db m94614) HM
30 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Wetumpka Historical Marker
(obverse) The land area which now comprises the City of Wetumpka was inhabited by various Indian cultures prior to the inward migration of the white man at the turn of the 19th century. The largest Indian village near here was located on . . . Map (db m67936) HM
31 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Wetumpka Impact Crater
The ridges located here are the remnants of a six-mile diameter circular feature created some 85 million years ago by an estimated 1,000-foot diameter asteroid. The area at the time of impact was a shallow sea. The ridges consist of a variety of . . . Map (db m67939) HM
32 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Wetumpka Impact CraterChronological Sequence of Crater Formation — 85 Million Years Ago —
A shallow offshore area of the ancient Gulf of Mexico eventually became the land upon which downtown Wetumpka was built and through which today's Coosa River flows. This area also was the site of Alabama's greatest natural disaster and the "bull's . . . Map (db m222632) HM
33 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — 1 — Wetumpka Impact CraterEducational Viewpoint #1
You are on the northwestern rim of the Wetumpka Impact Crater. In this area of the crater rim, there are several man-made cuts into the metamorphic bedrock. Mica schist forms the bedrock in this area down to depths of several thousand feet. After . . . Map (db m189013) HM
34 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — 2 — Wetumpka Impact CraterEducational Viewpoint #2
The beautiful vista across the Wetumpka Impact Crater is best seen from the highest point on the northwestern rim here at Bald Knob. A favored area for communication towers, Bald Knob is almost 600 feet above sea level. Looking down the power . . . Map (db m189019) HM
35 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — 3 — Wetumpka Impact CraterEducational Viewpoint #3
You are on the crater floor inside the western rim of the Wetumpka Impact Crater, in an area called the "cliffs." After the meteor's impact, there was a massive landslide from the southern rim that brought vast quantities of clay and sandy sediment . . . Map (db m189021) HM
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36 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — 4 — Wetumpka Impact CraterEducational Viewpoint #4
This section of Buck Ridge Road is unusual because you can easily see hills created on both sides of the road that are related to the impact of a large meteor 85 million years ago. These hills contain large boulders that came to rest near the . . . Map (db m189024) HM
37 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — 5 — Wetumpka Impact CraterEducational Viewpoint #5
Because of the cleared natural gas pipeline, this area provides an excellent view of the eastern rim of the Wetumpka Impact Crater. The notch on the far rim is over a mile away. On the west side of Trotters Trail (behind you) the high point is . . . Map (db m189029) HM
38 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — 6 — Wetumpka Impact CraterEducational Viewpoint #6
From a distance, one of the best vistas of the Wetumpka Impact Crater is from the Wetumpka Sports Complex. Your view here is of the highest remains of the northwestern rim of the crater. In the center, several communication towers are located on . . . Map (db m189035) HM
39 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — 7 — Wetumpka Impact CraterEducational Viewpoint #7
The rock layers here in the Coosa River are part of the deeply eroded western rim of the Wetumpka Impact Crater. The Coosa River curves around the rim in the downtown area and these rock layers tilt away from the crater center, typical of . . . Map (db m189038) HM
40 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Wetumpka L&N Depot
The Louisville & Nashville Depot was built in Wetumpka in 1906 and exemplifies the L&N plan for small town depots. The station served as a passenger and freight depot until service was terminated in the 1930s and as a freight depot until 1973. In . . . Map (db m83724) HM
41 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Wetumpka Methodist ChurchOrganized 1837
Completed in 1854, this building was the third Methodist Church building erected in Wetumpka and served both black and white congregations. Transitional exterior and interior architecture features elegant simplicity of Greek revival styles. . . . Map (db m83725) HM
42 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Wetumpka Timeline(Prehistory – 1924) / (1925 - Present Day)
Wetumpka Timeline (Prehistory – 1924) 85 Million Years Ago A meteor strikes Wetumpka during the age of the dinosaurs creating a five-mile wide impact crater blasted into the bedrock. 1714 At the invitation of the Creeks and . . . Map (db m222651) HM
43 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Wetumpka, Alabama(Site of Alabama's First State Penitentiary)
In January 1839, Governor Arthur P. Bagby and the State Legislature enacted a criminal code authorizing a state penitentiary system for Alabama. A cornerstone was laid in October 1839 on property purchased adjacent to the Coosa River in Wetumpka . . . Map (db m222614) HM
44 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Wetumpka's Bridges
(side 1) In 1834, the Wetumpka Toll Bridge Co. built the first of four bridges spanning the Coosa River at this site. It was destroyed in a flood in 1844. A second toll bridge was completed the same year by John Godwin whose slave, . . . Map (db m69449) HM
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45 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — William Bartram Arboretum1739 - 1823
William Bartram, the first native-born American artist-naturalist, of Philadelphia, visited this site on Christmas Day, 1776. This arboretum commerates (sic) the man, his visit to Fort Toulouse, and his travels through the southeastern . . . Map (db m83726) HM
46 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — Williams Lowndes Yancey
1940 One half mile from this site is the home of William Lowndes Yancey 1814-1863 American Statesman Southern Secession Leader Silver Tongued OratorMap (db m71550) HM
47 Alabama, Elmore County, Wetumpka — World War II Memorial
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Sep. 25, 2023