Marengo County Alabama
Marengo County Alabama is a county of the state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,027. The largest city is Demopolis, Alabama and the county seat is Linden, Alabama.
Marengo County Alabama is home to the Alabama Rural Heritage Center and Chickasaw State Park. The Tombigbee River and Black Warrior River form portions of the western and northern county borders and provide recreational opportunities. Marengo County has 28 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, one of which is also a National Historic Landmark.
Additionally, 19 sites are listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.
Marengo County Alabama History
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Marengo County Alabama Cities:
Demopolis is the largest city in Marengo County. The population was 7,483 at the time of the 2010 United States Census.
The city lies at the confluence of the Black Warrior and Tombigbee rivers. It is situated atop a cliff composed of the Demopolis Chalk Formation, known locally as White Bluff, on the east bank of the Tombigbee River.
Demopolis was founded after the fall of Napoleon’s Empire and named by a group of French expatriates, a mix of exiled Bonapartists and other French migrants. First settled in 1817, it is one of the oldest continuous settlements in Alabama. It was incorporated on December 11, 1821.
Linden is a city in and the county seat of Marengo County. The population was 2,123 at the 2010 census.
Settled prior to 1818, the community was first known as Screamersville, since the cry of wild animals could still be heard during the night. It became the county seat in 1819 and was then known as the Town of Marengo. This was changed to Hohenlinden in 1823, to honor the county’s earliest European settlers, French Bonapartist refugees to the Vine and Olive Colony. The name commemorated the battle in 1800 at Hohenlinden, Bavaria, where the French defeated the armies of both Austria and Bavaria. The spelling was later shorten to just to Linden.
Marengo County Alabama Towns:
Dayton is located in Marengo County, in the west-central part of the state. The Dayton area was first settled in the early nineteenth century. The area was surveyed in 1832, then again in 1836; land could be purchased from the U.S. government at the time for $1.25 an acre. A post office was established in 1837, and the town incorporated in January 1844.
According to 2016 Census estimates, Dayton recorded a population of 30. Of that number, 70.0 percent of respondents identified themselves as white and 30.0 percent as African American. The city’s per capita income was $10,463. Coordinates:
Faunsdale is located in northeastern Marengo County in the southwestern part of the state. Faunsdale was originally known as St. Michael’s Parish. The town is also home to the Cedarcrest Mennonite Church, which is the center of Faunsdale’s Amish Mennonite community, one of only two such communities in the state. Faunsdale incorporated as a town in 1907.
According to 2016 Census estimates, Faunsdale recorded a population of 46. Of that number, 50.0 percent of respondents identified themselves as white and 28.3 percent as African American, and 21.7 percent as two or more races.
Myrtlewood is a town located in west-central Marengo County in the west-central part of the state. Descendants of Germans, Swiss, and French Huguenots moved to the area from South Carolina to found a plantation community that they named Rembert Hills. In 1885, the post office initially assigned the name Riverside to the town but discovered that another Alabama municipality already had that name. The townspeople then decided on the name Autrey but a year later had appointed a committee to rename the town. They finally settled on Myrtlewood because of the many crepe myrtles that grew in the area. Myrtlewood was incorporated as a town in 1957. At the 2010 census the population was 130, down from 139 in 2000.
Providence is a town in Marengo County. At the 2010 census the population was 223, down from 311. It incorporated sometime in the 1970s.
Sweet Water, Alabama
Sweet Water is a town in Marengo County. The town is twenty-four miles south of Linden. The community was founded during the 1840s. It was named for Sweet Water Creek, which runs through a section of the community. The population was 258 during the 2010 census.
31380 Alabama Hwy 10
P.O. Box 33
Sweet Water, AL 36782
Thomaston is a town in Marengo County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 417, up from 383 in 2000.
Around 1830, settlers from the Carolinas and Virginia came to this area in search of fertile land. They staked their claims to adjoining plantations adjacent to what became Thomaston. In 1890, Dr. Charles Brooks Thomas bought the plantation where Thomaston is located. He was a man of vision and it was his greatest ambition to convert his land into a thriving town. In 1892, Dr. Thomas was appointed postmaster and the community was named Thomaston in his honor. The Town of Thomaston was incorporated in February, 1901 with a population of 51 people and Dr. Thomas as the first Mayor. The railroad came to town the same year. Dr. Thomas then had the land surveyed and laid out the town. Planters Bank and Trust Company was established in 1914. Telephone service began in 1914 and electricity came in 1929. In 1949, the town limits were extended and the population jumped to over 1000. With the population growth, the town installed streetlights and the streets were paved and marked. A water system was installed and a volunteer fire department was organized. Beginning in the 1950’s, a yearly barbeque was held serving “Good Ole Thomaston Barbeque”.
Thomaston Police Department
154 Main Street
P.O. Box 276
Thomaston, AL 36783
Phone 334-627-3434 Ext 225
Marengo County Alabama Communities:
Aim Well is an unincorporated community in Marengo County. Aimwell had a post office at one time, but it no longer exists.
The Aimwell Baptist Church was organized on November 26, 1860. The articles of organization and the church name were chosen by the forty-three charter members and three local preachers – Reverends John W. Williams, John Talbert, and Jay Reeves. Source: www.ruralswalabama.org
Clay Hill, also spelled Clayhill, is an unincorporated community in Marengo County, Alabama, United States. Clay Hill was established prior to the American Civil War. It had a post office at one time, but it no longer exists. Clay Hill is located at
Consul is an unincorporated community in Marengo County. Consul had a post office at one time, but it no longer exists.
Coxheath is an unincorporated community in Marengo County, Alabama, United States. Coxheath had a post office at one time, but it no longer exists. Coxheath is located at 32°05′17″N 87°54′37″W / 32.08792°N 87.91028°W / 32.08792; -87.91028 and has an elevation of 151 feet.
Dixons Mills, Alabama
Dixons Mills is an unincorporated community in Marengo, The community was named for a group of mills operated by Joel B. Dixon in the 19th century. Dixons Mills has a post office utilizing the 36736 ZIP code.
Exmoor is an unincorporated community in Marengo County. Exmoor had a school and post office at one time. The school was consolidated into Sweet Water High School in the 1920s.
Half Acre, Alabama
Half Acre is an unincorporated community in Marengo County, Alabama. Half Acre was originally known as Luther’s Store and was settled in the 1830s. By 1870 it had a post office, three general stores, a cotton gin, a cotton seed-oil press, grist mill, saw mill, brick kiln, hotel, and livery stables.
The tradition of how the Half Acre name originated holds that a half-acre piece of property in the community, at a crossroads next door to the hotel, had been overlooked in the original survey. County land records indicate that when the small piece of property was discovered to not be surveyed, it was deeded to “The Devil” and then became known as Hell’s Half Acre. A saloon was eventually built there, only to later burn down. The title to the property was not clarified until the community wanted to build a church on the site of the former saloon, at which time the probate court transferred ownership from “The Devil” to the Half Acre Community Church. The “Hell’s” was dropped from the name at this time and the entire community came to be known simply as Half Acre. The population of the community began to relocate elsewhere after World War II and today it is home to only the church and a few residences.
Wikipedia contributors, “Half Acre, Alabama,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Half_Acre,_Alabama&oldid=820485367 (accessed May 8, 2018).
Half Chance, Alabama
Half Chance is an unincorporated community in Marengo County.
The Half Chance Iron Bridge, also known as the Half-Chance Bridge, is a historic single span wrought iron bridge located near the small community of Half Chance, between the towns of Linden and Dayton in rural Marengo County. It is on Marengo County Road 39 over Chickasaw Bogue Creek. The bridge is the oldest surviving iron bridge in Alabama, making it an important transportation and engineering landmark for the state.
Hampden is an unincorporated community in Marengo County,
Hoboken is an unincorporated community in Marengo County.A post office operated under the name Hoboken from 1877 to 1887.
Hugo is an unincorporated community in Marengo County. Hugo had a post office at one time, but it no longer exists.
Jefferson is an unincorporated community in Marengo County. It was founded in 1810, before Marengo was a county or Alabama was a state. Most of the original settlers were veterans of the American Revolution, Jefferson appeared on the 1870 and 1880 U.S. Censuses. In 1870, it reported 233 residents. These were the only two occasions on which it appeared on census records.
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Pope is an unincorporated community in Marengo County. A post office called Pope was established in 1938, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1967.
Putnam is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Marengo County. As of the 2010 census, its population was 193.
Rembert, also known as Rembert Hills, is an unincorporated community in Marengo County. Rembert had a post office at one time, but it no longer exists.
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Marengo County Alabama Weblinks
Marengo County is home to the Alabama Rural Heritage Center and Chickasaw State Park. The Tombigbee River and Black Warrior River form portions of the western and northern county borders and provide recreational opportunities. Marengo County has 28 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, one of which is also a National Historic Landmark. Additionally, 19 sites are listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.