Cottonwood, Alabama

Cottonwood, Alabama (HM1E5L)

Location: Cottonwood, AL 36320 Houston County
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N 31° 3.291', W 85° 18.088'

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In April 1903, the Town of Cottonwood was incorporated, making it the first town established in Houston County. The town's name may have come from either Mr. Wood, an influential land owner, or from the softwood trees growing in the area. General stores, a bank, mills (turpentine, grist, timber, etc.) sprang up. At least two lumber companies constructed logging railroads through the town. One remained in service into the 1940s as a freight service from the Cowarts area to Bascom, FL. The early 1920s saw an interest in drilling for crude oil in the area. Several attempts would find only a hot mineral water spring. Mr. J. R. Sealy capitalized on this find and established an internationally known health spa. The Sealy Hot Mineral Springs remained in business until fire destroyed it in 2001. At the 2000 census, the population of Cottonwood was 1,170.
HM NumberHM1E5L
Year Placed2010
Placed ByThe Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Cottonwood
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 1:14am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 662070 N 3436920
Decimal Degrees31.05485000, -85.30146667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 3.291', W 85° 18.088'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 3' 17.46" N, 85° 18' 5.28" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-159 Co Rd 55, Cottonwood AL 36320, US
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