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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Opelika, Alabama

Clickable Map of Lee 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> Lee County, AL (74) Chambers County, AL (22) Macon County, AL (89) Russell County, AL (69) Tallapoosa County, AL (48) Harris County, GA (29) Muscogee County, GA (176)  LeeCounty(74) Lee County (74)  ChambersCounty(22) Chambers County (22)  MaconCounty(89) Macon County (89)  RussellCounty(69) Russell County (69)  TallapoosaCounty(48) Tallapoosa County (48)  HarrisCountyGeorgia(29) Harris County (29)  MuscogeeCounty(176) Muscogee County (176)
Opelika is the county seat for Lee County
Opelika is in Lee County
      Lee County (74)  
      Chambers County (22)  
      Macon County (89)  
      Russell County (69)  
      Tallapoosa County (48)  
      Harris County, Georgia (29)  
      Muscogee County, Georgia (176)  
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1Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — African-American Rosemere CemeteryLee County
Side 1 On February 9, 1876, the City of Opelika paid D.B. Preston $80 for two acres of land to establish an African-American section of Rosemere Cemetery. This rectangular area of the cemetery contains 176 blocks, with 16 being partial . . . Map (db m75139) HM
2Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Bean's Mill
Side 1 Here in 1897 the first iron bridge in Lee County was built. In 1903 George W. Bean bought the mill, operating it until his death in 1952. About 1910 Bean installed an iron overshot wheel to replace the old turbine. Later, the dam . . . Map (db m73533) HM
3Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Camp OpelikaWorld War II Prisoner of War Facility
Located on this 800 acre site was an enemy prisoner of war camp. Construction of Camp Opelika began in September 1942. The first prisoners, captured by the British, were part of General Erwin Rommel’s Africa Corps. The camp prisoner population was . . . Map (db m85170) HM
4Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Darden House
Dr. John Wesley Darden, was the first African American physician to treat patients within a 30-mile radius of Opelika. He built the Darden House in 1904, and later married Maude Jean Logan of Montgomery. Dr. and Mrs. Darden shaped many lives through . . . Map (db m75131) HM
5Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Organized in 1858, Trinity Mission was admitted to the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama on May 5, 1860. When the first church was consecrated on this site in 1862, it was renamed Emmanuel, meaning "God With Us." That building was destroyed by a tornado . . . Map (db m75132) HM
6Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — First Baptist Church
On this site in October 1859, the Opelika Baptist Church was organized. In 1861, a "little white framed church" was erected. After a fire consumed this original building, a new structure was built in 1885. This building was referred to as the . . . Map (db m176382) HM
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7Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — First United Methodist Church
Established as the first religious organization in the area in 1837 with 22 members as Lebanon Methodist Episcopal Church, around which the village of Opelika developed. Moved to present location in 1879 as Opelika Station, Montgomery District, . . . Map (db m68097) HM
8Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Killgore Scholarships / Some Terms of Scholarships
Side 1 Killgore Scholarships Here James A. Killgore (1888-1966) and his wife, Ophelia Parker, operated a grocery store from 1916 to 1944. The Killgores worked hard, practiced frugality, and invested money wisely, desiring to help . . . Map (db m75123) HM
9Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Lebanon Methodist Meeting House
Here in 1837 was Lebanon A Methodist meeting house around which grew up OpelikaMap (db m75149) HM
10Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Lee County Confederate MemorialCSA    Comrades — 1861    1865 —
North side To Our Confederate Dead and Lee County Veterans West side "Nor Shall Your Glory Be Forgot, While Fame Her Record Keeps, Or Honor Points The Hallowed Spot, Where Valor Proudly Sleeps! Easts . . . Map (db m176385) WM
11Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Lee County Courthouse / Lee County Probate Judges
Lee County Courthouse Lee County was created from portions of Russell, Macon, Chambers and Tallapoosa by act of the Alabama Legislature, approved December 5, 1866. The County’s first election was held January 21, 1867. An early . . . Map (db m85171) HM
12Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Lee County World War II Honor Roll
In grateful memory of the rich courage and sacrifice of the men and women who served with the Armed Forces in World War II This tribute is erected by their friends in Pepperell {List of Names}Map (db m176392) WM
13Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Lieutenant Colonel Dallas B. SmithMarch 9, 1883 - August 1, 1935
Dallas “Dal” Smith was a veteran of the First World War. During his time of service, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart and a Regimental Citation. He commanded the 3rd Battalion of the 167th Regiment. After the . . . Map (db m75133) HM
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14Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Lynching in America / Lynching in Lee CountyCommunity Remembrance Project
Lynching in America After the Civil War, the ideology of white supremacy led to violent resistance to equal rights for Black people. Lynching emerged to enforce racial hierarchy through arbitrary and deadly violence that terrorized all . . . Map (db m176380) HM
15Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Municipal "Monkey" Park
Opelika's Board of Parks and Recreation hired W.J. "Bill" Calhoun as its first director in 1951. His top priority was to develop a wooded area behind Northside School. Two adjacent parcels of land were donated by I.J. Scott, Sr. and Winston Smith . . . Map (db m210764) HM
16Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — New Rosemere CemeteryLee County
Side 1 The City of Opelika purchased 19.6 acres of land to expand Rosemere Cemetery. This rectangular area is the newest portion. There are 193 blocks with varying numbers of sections and spaces in each. 467 grave markers have death dates . . . Map (db m75140) HM
17Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Old Rosemere CemeteryLee County
Side 1 On July 23, 1869, the City of Opelika purchased ten acres of land for a cemetery from Dr. A.B. Bennett for $100 an acre. On November 23, 1869, he accepted his choice of a lot in exchange for the debt. The earliest marked grave is . . . Map (db m85335) HM
18Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Opelika A Railroad Town/Opelika An Industrial City
Opelika A Railroad Town Opelika's original name was Opelikan when the town was founded in the 1830s. In 1850, the name was respelled as Opelika. In 1851, the Montgomery & West Point Railroad Company extended its Montgomery to Opelika rail line . . . Map (db m184077) HM
19Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Pepperell Manufacturing Company“We will remember" — 1926 – 2007 —
Dragon/Griffin – The Pepperell trademark symbol of world-wide excellence This memorial is dedicated to the memory of the pioneer men and women who came to Pepperell to begin a new way of life. Russell Leonard, Treasurer of Pepperell . . . Map (db m176391) HM
20Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Railroad Avenue Historic DistrictOpelika, Alabama
obverse The Railroad Avenue Historic District was the downtown nucleus of Opelika when the city was incorporated as part of Russell County, Alabama in February, 1854. The city limits extended a mile in every direction from the Montgomery . . . Map (db m85336) HM
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21Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Rosseau's Raid to East Alabama
With orders from Gen. Sherman, Gen. Lovell Rousseau left Decatur with 2,700 cavalry, beginning his raid into East-Central Alabama. That raid ended successfully in Opelika July 19, 1864, after miles of track were destroyed along with other railroad . . . Map (db m75126) HM
22Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Salem Shotwell Covered Bridge
obverse This is the last surviving covered bridge in Lee County. It was constructed about 1900 by Otto Puls over Wacoochee Creek in the Town's lattice truss design. Materials used in the 75 foot long bridge included longleaf heart pine, . . . Map (db m85337) HM
23Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Shady Grove Christian Church
Organized November 15, 1846, as the Church of Christ at Shady Grove, under the New Covenant of 2nd Corinthians, 3rd chapter, agreeing to believe all the New Testament teaches, and to obey all its injunctions to the best of their capacity and submit . . . Map (db m85338) HM
24Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — South Railroad Avenue
The earliest buildings in the South Rail Road Avenue block between 9th and 10th Street were constructed by William O. Harwell around 1900 and were occupied by his agricultural supply store. His daughter, Alice Inez Harwell married Lum Duke who . . . Map (db m84735) HM
25Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Thompson ChapelAmerican Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Organized c. 1872 by Rev. John Ford, Tom Isaiah, Julius Crockrum, Daniel Billingslea, Fannie Bryant, Charity Harris, Sarah Chambers and others, and named for presiding Bishop J. P. Thompson. This congregation first met in a house near the oil mill . . . Map (db m75157) HM
26Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Top Rock Millstone
This "Top Rock" Millstone was in a grist mill owned and operated by W.S.A. Bence on Sweetwater Creek in Clay County, AL 1919-1947 Donated by H.S. BenceMap (db m75160) HM
27Alabama, Macon County, Opelika — Francis Marion Whatley Cemetery
This cemetery was founded in 1900 when Francis Marion Whatley and Emma Whatley buried their daughter, Ophelia. A son of Simeon Whatley, Francis was a Confederate prisoner of war veteran. He was a prominent landowner, farmer, and cotton gin and . . . Map (db m204230) HM
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Feb. 5, 2023