Merrick's - Woodshop - Ozark / Ozark

Merrick's - Woodshop - Ozark / Ozark (HMOE5)

Location: Ozark, AL 36360 Dale County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 27.516', W 85° 38.418'

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Side A
In the 1820's pioneers, including John Merrick, began settling in vicinity of present-day Ozark, first called "Merrick's". Dale County formed December 22, 1824. In the 1830's wooden stores and cotton gin were built about one mile north of present courthouse. In 1841 the west half of Dale County became Coffee County. First post office, June 7, 1843, called "Woodshop". In 1859 postmaster Elijah T. Matthews petitioned for the name "Ozark" after Indians who inhabited the mountains of Arkansas and Missouri.

Side B - Fourth County Seat of Dale County
In 1868, Southern one third of Dale County became part of Geneva County. In 1869 courthouse in Newton burned; an election on January 17, 1870, selected Ozark as county seat. A "New Ozark" was surveyed on 70 acres centered on courthouse. The Southern Star and other businesses moved from Newton to Ozark in 1870. Courthouses on this site were built in 1870, 1885 (replacing one which burned in 1884), 1901, and present building, 1968.
HM NumberHMOE5
Year Placed1979
Placed ByHistoric Chattahoochee Commission and Dale County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 7:30pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 629185 N 3481228
Decimal Degrees31.45860000, -85.64030000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 27.516', W 85° 38.418'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 27' 30.96" N, 85° 38' 25.08" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 416 S Union Ave, Ozark AL 36360, US
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