Bay Minette, Alabama Historical

Bay Minette, Alabama Historical (HM1WHZ)

Location: Bay Minette, AL 36507 Baldwin County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 52.941', W 87° 46.589'

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In 1860, the center of commerce in Baldwin County ran along the rivers with the remainder of the county mostly wilderness. In 1861, with secession declared, the Alabama Legislature allocated funds to finish the stalled Mobile and Great Northern Railroad from Pollard to Tensaw Landing. With some effort, this was finished November 15, 1861. The settlers on Minette Bay, south of Bay Minette's current location recognized the importance of the railroad and moved to a high level spot near the center of the county. This place promised to be good for agriculture, and its location on the railroad boded well for industry. Minette Bay and Bay Minette are named for the French surveyor Minette. On October 1, 1901, the Alabama Legislature named Bay Minette the county seat due to its centralized location. The old county seat at Daphne refused to surrender the records and men from Bay Minette literally stole them in the middle of the night.

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Although Bay Minette was the county seat, it was not incorporated until 1907. In that same year, the Fort Morgan Railroad was completed from Bay Minette to Foley. It was soon sold to the L&N Railroad and operated until 1984. The railroads opened up the center
and eastern sides of the county with Bay Minette as the nexus of rail operations. Bay Minette became the center of industry and transportation for the county and the center of agriculture for North Baldwin County. Bay Minette is still the center of industry and agriculture in Baldwin County and with the addition of the nearby interstate highway and roads leading in every direction from the county courthouse, it is still a leader in transportation.
Year Placed2010
Placed ByThe Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Bay Minette
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, January 15th, 2017 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 425780 N 3416821
Decimal Degrees30.88235000, -87.77648333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 52.941', W 87° 46.589'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 52' 56.46" N, 87° 46' 35.34" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)251
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 205 W 2nd St, Bay Minette AL 36507, US
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