Flomaton, Alabama

Flomaton, Alabama (HMVYY)

Location: Flomaton, AL 36441 Escambia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 0.236', W 87° 15.817'

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As railroads were reconstructed following the Civil War, a junction of north-south and east-west lines was established along the Alabama-Florida border near the confluence of Big Escambia Creek and the Conecuh-Escambia River. A settlement followed which became knows as Reuterville, for Major Reuter, the contractor who on April 9, 1872, drove the last spikes joining the different railroads. The community was also known as Pensacola Junction, or simply the Junction, as well as Whiting, after the railroad station master. Following several years of confusion due to the three names, the Post Office requested a permanent name from the citizens. The result was the first three letters of Florida and the last two letters of Alabama being joined to make the name Floma. To avoid confusion with Florala, the Post Office added "ton," meaning town, and the name became Flomaton. The Town of Flomaton was incorporated on May 18, 1908.
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As an important rail junction, Flomaton has seen the famous and the infamous. President Theodore Roosevelt, 1905, President Woodrow Wilson, 1919, President Calvin Coolidge, 1930, and a campaigning future President Lyndon Johnson in 1960, all visited here. Outlaws Rube Burrow, Railroad Bill, John Wesley Hardin and Brown Bowen also came through at various times. During World War I, Flomaton resident, Corporal Sidney E. Manning, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism displayed while fighting in France. Named by General Pershing as one of his "Immortal Ten," Manning refused to accept a monument in his hometown while he lived, saying only "I did no more than those who came back and a lot less than those who did not." Over the years, Flomaton has benefited from its status as a rail center. It serves as a gateway to the Gulf Coast and continues to progress from development of its natural resources, namely timber, sand, gravel, oil, and natural gas.
Series This marker is part of the Medal of Honor Recipients series
Year Placed2010
Placed ByThe Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Flomaton
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 8:07am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 474834 N 3430067
Decimal Degrees31.00393333, -87.26361667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 0.236', W 87° 15.817'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 0' 14.16" N, 87° 15' 49.02" W
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Area Code(s)251
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 733 Sidney E Manning Blvd, Flomaton AL 36441, US
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