Newton (HM1CW2)

Location: Newton, AL 36352 Dale County
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N 31° 20.114', W 85° 36.255'

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Town on the Hill 1834 / Third County Seat of Dale County

Town on the Hill - 1843

Newton was hub of Dale County activities from 1843 until 1870. During War Between the States (1861-1865), Newton was center of recruiting, including the Home Guards. In March 1865, local militia repulsed attack by band of irregulars. Board of Physicians established 1856 to issue licenses. The Southern Star first published here in 1867. Newton was port for river boats (until railroad built in 1890). Home of Killebrew's Mill, Kill Kare Kamp, Methodist Academy, and Baptist Collegiate Institute (operating 1898-1929).

Third County Seat of Dale County

In 1841 the west half of Dale County became Coffee County, thereby making the county seat at Daleville off-center. Five commissioners were appointed and they selected this site south of the Choctawhatchee River, which the legislature named "Newton" and designated the county seat on February 9, 1843. In this "new town" a wooden courthouse and a log jail were built. The courthouse burned March 22, 1869, and the county seat was changed to Ozark in 1870.
HM NumberHM1CW2
Year Placed1979
Placed ByHistoric Chattahoochee Commission and Dale County Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 4:58am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 632784 N 3467596
Decimal Degrees31.33523333, -85.60425000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 20.114', W 85° 36.255'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 20' 6.84" N, 85° 36' 15.30" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 44 College St, Newton AL 36352, US
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