History of Littleville, Alabama

History of Littleville, Alabama (HM1B0Z)

Location: Russellville, AL 35654 Colbert County
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N 34° 35.312', W 87° 40.591'

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Capt. Benjamin F. Little, a former Confederate soldier, opened a store here after the railroad from Tuscumbia to Russellville was built in 1887. A train station and several houses were soon erected. A rail spur provided access to nearby iron ore mines. Capt. A.H. Keller owned a sandstone quarry and summer resort called Fern Quarry near Keller Springs just north of the town in the 1880s and 1890s. The stone was used in construction of a blast furnace and commercial buildings in Sheffield. In 1917, Jackson Highway (U.S. Hwy 43) was constructed along the general route of the old Jackson Military Road.
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According to local lore, early settler Hezekiah Tharp's wife Nancy was a daughter of Chickasaw Chief George Colbert (the county is named for him and his brother Levi). Ligon Springs, 1~1/2 miles west, was a popular summer resort in the 1870s. The water was advertised as a cure for dropsy, dyspepsia, sore eyes, kidney diseases, etc. By 1910, Littleville had a population of 30. Its merchants were J.D. Bullington, general merchandise; G.W. Hargett, lumber; M.C. Murray, general merchandise; L.O. Breitling, bakery; and C.J. Brockaway, lawyer. The town was incorporated in 1956 and Frank Bullington became the first mayor.
HM NumberHM1B0Z
Year Placed2010
Placed ByAlabama Tourism Department and the Town of Littleville
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 6:39pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 437958 N 3827622
Decimal Degrees34.58853333, -87.67651667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 35.312', W 87° 40.591'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 35' 18.72" N, 87° 40' 35.46" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1814 George Wallace Hwy, Russellville AL 35654, US
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