Tallapoosa County, Alabama Genealogy Trails
|TOWN OF ALEXANDER CITY|
ALEXANDER CITY COURTHOUSE
The Okfuskee Trail in Tallapoosa County, Alabama was marked out by the trader, Captain Thomas Welch in 1698. Near Flint Hill, Young's Ferry, and Kowaliga trading posts were established.
The U. S. government gained control of Tallapoosa County at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, when Andrew Jackson's men defeated the Creek Indians, in 1814. The Creek Indian nation ceded the territory in Tallapoosa County to the U.S. in 1832. This opened the way for white settlers to come to the county. In 1830 an unknown trader from Georgia set up a trading post near the site of Russell Corporation's main office and for six years this site was known as "Georgia Store" or "Georgia Trading Post".
In 1837 James Young acquired 320 acres, which became Youngsville. Four townships in Tallapoosa County gave up their territories when Elmore County was formed in 1866. The Savannah and Memphis Railway came to Youngsville, in 1873 by S&M president, E.P. Alexander. The boundaries were moved to one mile from the center of the public square and it was renamed in the honor of E.P. Alexander and in 1874 the first train arrives.
The first community funded school was organized and built in 1879. In 1889 a movement to build a courthouse in Alexander City was published by the mayor, B.L. Dean.
The year of 1902 was a big year for Alexander City. The twenty-six year old Ben Russell begins Russell Mills with a single knitting mill, manufacturing women's and children's underwear, and it was also the year "The Fire" destroys the whole downtown district.
Five years later in 1907 Ben Russell's brother, Thomas Commander Russell, was elected mayor for the first of ten terms, serving from 1907 to 1947, and in 1909 The President of The United States, William H. Taft stops in Alexander City and speaks from his train platform.
BEN RUSSEL - Submitted by April James
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