Pride in Our Past, Faith in Our Future

Pride in Our Past, Faith in Our Future (HMRJV)

Location: Red Bay, AL 35582 Franklin County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 26.439', W 88° 8.557'

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Side A
Red Bay is nestled in the northwest corner of the state in Franklin County. The oak trees, planted by the Garden Club in 1937, issue a Main Street welcome through the "tunnel of trees." Originally inhabited by Chickasaw Indians in what was then part of the Mississippi Territory. Red Bay became home to settlers when the Illinois Central Railroad came through the area. Named for the rich red clay and abundance of bay trees, Red Bay officially became incorporated on July 17, 1907. The following year ushered in the first banking institution and businesses opened to serve this farming and lumber community at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Citizens worshipped in a brush arbor which became the site of the first school. Historic preservation and progressive leadership are reflective of the town's spirit. Many ancestors of Red Bay's founding fathers still reside in this thriving city with several home-grown industries including two Fortune 500 Companies.

Side B
The Red Bay Museum, Arts & Entertainment Center, Bay Tree Council for the Performing Arts, Cypress Cove Farm, and a school, hospital, churches, library, newspaper, radio/television, civic organizations and golf course blend past with present in providing an enhanced quality of life. Bear Creek Lakes, surrounding the place Native Americans once called home, are popular recreational areas. Holding sentinel to the north are Freedom Hills, fertile with folklore and lush southern forest. In 2007, Red Bay began its Centennial Celebration underneath a canopy of radiant crepe myrtles with the official proclamation during High Noon in the Park. The story unfolded through mini-celebrations, Founders Fest, and the Big Picnic 100th Birthday Party. A time capsule placed in Bay Tree Park and containing artifacts from the year of remembering, will be exhumed in 2058.

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Year Placed2010
Placed ByAlabama Tourism Department and the City of Red Bay
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 1:18am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 395027 N 3811608
Decimal Degrees34.44065000, -88.14261667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 26.439', W 88° 8.557'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 26' 26.34" N, 88° 8' 33.42" W
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Area Code(s)256, 205
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-298 County Rd 24, Red Bay AL 35582, US
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