Unusual Place Names In Alabama
An unincorporated community in Bibb County. The community was located on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad and was likely named to reflect the active spirit of its residents. A post office called Active was established in 1899, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1906.
Apple Grove Alabama
Bacon Level Alabama
Bacon Level is an unincorporated community located 3–4 miles southeast of Roanoke, in Randolph County. In this community were many potters (and in old Cedric, approx. 1 mile to South, Southeast) who are highly regarded for their excellent pottery. They used the local porcelain white clay of highest quality, sometimes along with some local red clay with an outer glaze of hickory ashes giving a tan or grown glaze. See Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art article for more information.
This industry began in late 1820’s and continued on 60–70 years. And continues esp today in nearby Rock Mills, Alabama about 3 miles to the north. Before the railroad came through nearby, 5-10 wagon loads of pottery would be sent to the Valley area to the further south. The immigration roads passing nearby allowed those moving on west to Mississippi and Texas, to buy needed urns manufactured here.
Wikipedia contributors, “Bacon Level, Alabama,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bacon_Level,_Alabama&oldid=820257268 (accessed June 2, 2018).
Bashi (Bash-eye) Alabama
Bath Springs Alabama
Bee Hive, also spelled Beehive, is an unincorporated community in Lee County. Originally named for an apiary located along Wire Road near the Macon County line, the Bee Hive community today lies near the southwest periphery of the city limits of Auburn. A post office operated under the name Beehive from 1896 to 1902
Billy Goat Hill Alabama
Billy Goat Hill is an unincorporated community in Cherokee County.
Bloody Bucket Alabama
A place in Wilcox County.
Blow Gourd Alabama
Legend has it that Blow Gourd, the community about 2 to 3 miles south of Cleveland, Ala., on Highway 79, originated when that road was a dirt road known as the Tennessee Pike and was traveled by horse and wagon. It was a common settlement where peddlers would set up camp to sell their wares such as pots and pans and would announce their arrival and ready to do business by blowing on a horn fashioned from a gourd.”
Blue Eye Alabama
Located in Talladega County near Lincoln Alabama. According to lincolnalabama.com, Blue Eye was named for a Conchardee chief, who had one brown eye and one blue eye.
Know waterfalls in and around Blue Eye are:
Blue Ford Landing Alabama
Blue Ford Landing is in Mobile County east of Calvert, close to Griers Creek.
Blues Old Stand Alabama
Blues Old Stand is an unincorporated community in Bullock County. The main road through the community is U.S. Route 29 in Alabama, but also includes Bullock County Roads 14 and 19.
Boar Tush Alabama
The community of Boar Tush, once called Boartusk after a post office located there. There are several variant names for what is now known as Boar Tush. They include Botush, Boar Tusk, Boartusk, etc.
Buck’s Pocket State Park
Buck’s Pocket State Park is publicly owned recreation area located on Sand Mountain in the northeast corner of the U.S. state of Alabama, 2 miles north of the community of Grove Oak. The state park occupies 2,000 acres surrounding a natural pocket (canyon) of the Appalachian Mountain chain along South Sauty Creek, an upstream tributary on the east side of Guntersville Lake. The park is known for the sweeping views of its rugged, seemingly untouched landscape provided from the heights of Point Rock.
Bucksnort is an unincorporated community in Marshall County. A post office served the area near Bucksnort and operated under the name Keel from 1889 to 1907.
Bug Tussle Alabama
Bug Tussle is a rural district in Cullman County, Alabama. It is located near the Cullman County and Walker County border. It is close to Bremen, Alabama and Lewis Smith Lake, along Alabama Highway 69 and Alabama State Route 91, and is southwest of the city of Cullman.
One story states that Bug Tussle got its name after an early settler climbed a nearby mountain and said the people below looked like “bugs tussling”. Another tale says Bug Tussle was previously named Wilburn but became Bug Tussle around 1912 when there was a fellow named Charlie Campbell who was well known for his love of white lightning. One day while drinking the homemade brew, Campbell sat alongside the road to rest and got interested in watching two tumble bugs trying to roll a ball of dirt across the road. Campbell told folks the bugs appeared to be tussling. Thus, area residents started calling the community Bug Tussle.
Burnt Corn Alabama
Burnt Corn is a small unincorporated community on the boundary between Monroe County and Conecuh County in Alabama. It lies at a historic crossroads near the source of Burnt Corn Creek and the intersection of two trading paths. The town and the creek may have been named for an incident in which passersby found a pile of parched corn, a food often used by Creek Indians when traveling, although the oral tradition of some Burnt Corn families holds that the name came from the burning of corn fields as part of the scorched earth policies during the Creek War in the early 1800s. Those same oral traditions say that nearby Murder Creek was named because victims of the Creek War were thrown into the creek during the conflict. In 1798 the area was included in the Mississippi Territory but was controlled by the Creek Nation. Between 1805 and 1811 the area became a stop on the Federal Road through the Creek Nation. Burnt Corn was a regular stopping point for stage coaches traveling between the east and the port cities along the Gulf Cost.
The Battle of Burnt Corn, an episode of the Creek War in July 1813, did not occur at Burnt Corn, but at a ford of Burnt Corn Creek to the south, in present-day Escambia County, Alabama. When the Creek Nation was forced to cede land to the United States in 1815, Burnt Corn Spring was included in a 640-acre land grant to Jim Cornells, a Creek Indian who fought on the U.S. side in the war.
Wikipedia contributors, “Burnt Corn, Alabama,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Burnt_Corn,_Alabama&oldid=820439128 (accessed June 2, 2018).
Boar Tush Alabama
This small community located in Winston County once had a post office and was known as “Boartusk,” according to the Geographic Names Information System.
The legend behind this Franklin County community says it was named during the Civil War after a group of Union soldiers stopped to camp at a church just outside Red Bay. During the night, a soldier knocked over a lantern and started a fire. Local settlers came together to replace the burned church and decided to call it Burnout Church, a name also adopted by the surrounding community.
Cattail Pond is a lake located 9.1 miles from Moulton, in Lawrence County.
Chicken Foot Mountain
Chicken Foot Mountain is Chicken Foot Mountain is a Summit in Lawrence County, Alabama with an elevation of 833 feet, or 254 meters above sea level. Chicken Foot Mountain is situated northeast of Mountain Home, close to Cattail Pond.
Chigger Hill Alabama
An area near the little town Locust Fork that produces abundant wild blackberries and those who pick them almost always become covered with chiggers.
Located in Calhoun County, Choccolocco was founded in 1832 and has a population of approximately 3,000. The name Choccolocco is an anglicization of the Creek words “chahko lago” (“big shoals”) or “choko rakko” (“big house”); sources vary.
Choccolocco first appeared on the 1890 U.S. Census as a town, but did not appear again until 2010 when it was made a census-designated place (CDP).
Coal Fire, also known as Cold Fire, Coalfire, and Fundee, is an unincorporated community in Pickens County. The community was first known as Fundee. It was then renamed for a local creek, which has been recorded as both Coal Fire and Cold Fire. A post office called Coal Fire was established in 1871, and remained in operation until being discontinued in 1927.
Coffee Pot Alabama
Coffee Pot is an unincorporated community in Limestone County. At its center is Coffee Pot Grocery.
Coffee Springs Alabama
Coffee Springs is a town in Geneva County. It was named for the nearby springs and for General John Coffee who once camped at the springs.
Deer Park Alabama
Deer Park is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Washington County. Although a ghost town by 1966 it had a population of 188 at the 2010 census. Deer Park is 17.5 miles south-southwest of Chatom. Deer Park has a post office with ZIP code 36529.
Dogtown, or Dog Town, is an unincorporated community at Cagle’s Crossroads in DeKalb County. The community became known as Dog Town because so many hunters and their dogs frequented the area.
Dripping Springs Alabama
Dripping Springs is a populated place located in Cullman County at latitude 34.242 and longitude -87.004.
Dry Forks Alabama
A once thriving community in Wilcox County .According to “Place Names in Alabama” by Virginia O. Foscue, the Dry Forks community was probably named for the plantation home of John Asbury Tait that was built nearby in 1833. Other sources say that this house was built for James Asbury Tait by a pair of slaves named Elijah and Hezekiah. In either case, all sources agree that this antebellum house is one of the oldest existing structures in all of Wilcox County.
Eastaboga is an unincorporated community located in the northern part of Talladega County on the border with Calhoun County. The city is located along U.S. Route 78 about 2 mi north of Interstate 20, which runs west to east south of the community, with access from exit 173.
Eastaboga was previously called McFall, named for a settling family in the 1850s, and incorporated in 1898, only to be disincorporated in 1901. The original community of Eastaboga was to the south and became known as Old Eastaboga after McFall’s name was changed to Eastaboga.
Eastaboga (historically Estaboga) means “where the people reside” in Muscogee, a Native American language
Equality is an unincorporated community in Coosa, Elmore and Tallapoosa counties. Equality was listed as an incorporated community within the boundaries of Coosa County during the 1920 and 1930 U.S. censuses.
Five Forks Alabama
Five Forks is a populated place located in DeKalb County.
Flea Hop Alabama
On Alabama Route 14 is the unincorporated community of Flea Hop Alabama. Three miles north of Claud and three miles east of Eclectic, centrally isolated in Elmore is the community of Fleahop, Alabama. Flea Hop got its name in the early 1900s for the fleas that would hop on folks from the goats that a man kept there.
Fridays Crossing Alabama
Frog Eye Alabama
Frog Eye is an unincorporated community in Tallapoosa County, Alabama.
Frog Level Alabama
Delmar, Alabama was originally called “Frog Level.” Presumably, the community was called Frog Level because of the swampy land that existed around the area at the time. In the 19th century, the citizens of Frog Level asked the U. S. Postal Service to open a post office in their community, since the nearest post office was in Ark (where Needmore, Alabama is currently located). Their request was denied because there was another Frog Level, Alabama (now Fayette, Alabama) and it already had a post office. In order to get a post office, the citizens of the Frog Level in Winston County had to change their town’s name. Around 1887, the town began to be known as “Delmar.”
Froggy Bottom Alabama
In east Montgomery County, the small community of Froggy Bottom was named in the early 1900s because it’s a wetland area and frogs could be heard croaking. Froggy Bottom was an old gravel pit and it was a lovers’ lane. “It was a place where people would go to park.
Gobblers Crossing Alabama
Halfway between Guin and Windsor.
According to the Birmingham News:
In its pre-incorporation days, it was known as Ear Gap. Incorporation came in 1956. That’s when Guin seemed keen on annexing Ear Gap. In response … the owner of the local drive-in theater, George Thornton, led a drive to form a new town. The new town got the name Gu-Win from Thornton’s drive-in because he did not want to spend any money to change his sign.
Gu-Win / Ear Gap has a population of 200. It’s in the northwest corner of the state.
Located in Russell County, Hatchechubbee is situated only 6.5 miles southwest of the town of Seale, and its post office opened in 1855.
Hawk Pride Mountain
Hawk Pride Mountain is a summit in Colbert County. With an elevation of 820 feet (250 m), is the 489th highest summit in the state of Alabama.
Hawk Pride Mountain takes its name from the local Pride family of settlers.
Intercourse, is an unincorporated community located at a crossroads in Sumter County, Alabama.
A post office called Intercourse was established in 1840, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1913. It is named for the traffic intersection of the town’s crossroads (called “intercourse” at that time). Although a share of the residents want the unusual name changed to Siloam, state maps still identify the place as Intercourse.f
At one time there was a sign in front of the community house that read ‘Intercourse Home Demonstration Club.’
June Bug Alabama
June Bug is gone but is still listed as an historical populated place in Calhoun County.
“Lick Skillet”, as Oxford was originally known, was settled about 1830, soon after the Indians left the area. Old timers say the name “Lick Skillet” came about when a traveler stopped at a store in the little hamlet and asked where he could get a meal. He was directed to a shoemaker named Edge who, in addition to making shoes, furnished meals to travelers. When the man again returned to the store, he was asked whether he had found anything to eat. He replied that he had, but that he had to “lick the skillet.”
The little village grew and by 1850, it could boast of a doctor, several stores and churches and an academy, or school.
The community was first incorporated in 1852 and its name was changed to Oxford. It was incorporated for a second time in 1860.
Loachapoka (/ˌloʊ.tʃəˈpoʊ.kə/) is a town in Lee County. It is located less than 1/2 mile west of Auburn and approximately 5 miles west of Auburn University, in west-central Lee County. The population was 180 as of the 2010 census.
The name “Loachapoka” means “turtle killing place” in Muskogee, with locha meaning “turtle” and poga meaning “killing place.” In literature, Lochapoka was the destination of the colonists in James H. Street’s 1940 novel Oh, Promised Land.
Mullet Jump Alabama
A fictitious town in Alabama created by writer and researcher Terry W. Platt. Mullet Jump is the setting for many of the scenes in his books. Mullet Jump zip code is 36699.
1788: About this time, a bloody transaction occurred in the territory of the present county of Conecuh. During the revolutionary war, Colonel McGillivray formed an acquaintance with many conspicuous royalists, and, among others, with Colonel Kirkland, of South Carolina.
Needmore is located in Winston County. Freedmen moving to the new market town of Youngsville (Alexander City was incorporated in 1872 as Youngsville. The city was renamed in honor of railroad President Edward Porter Alexander, hero of the Battle of Gettysburg for the Confederate States) in the early 1870s occupied homes along a street they called Needmore Street. They relocated their house of worship from near the present junction of South Central Avenue and Cherokee Road to the Needmore neighborhood where Methodists and Baptists shared a building.
There are another 6 Alabama communities named Needmore. Those communities are located in the following counties: Clay, Cullman, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marshall and Pike County.
Normal, Alabama is located in Madison County and is the site of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU). The university is situated in the city limits and northern part of Huntsville, Alabama, USA in Madison County.
Normal was established in 1890, when AAMU was then known as “State Normal and Industrial School of Huntsville”. It was also designated a land grant college of Alabama. At that time student enrollment was 300 with 11 teachers. That same year, a United States Post Office was established there. Normal’s ZIP Code is 35762. Students were called “Normalites”.
Nymph is an unincorporated community in Conecuh County. Nymph is the second largest community in Conecuh County geographically speaking. The county seat, Evergreen, is the largest.
Old Texas Alabama
Old Texas is an unincorporated community in Monroe County, Alabama, United States. Old Texas is located on Alabama State Route 47, 12.3 miles east-northeast of Beatrice.
Our Town Alabama
Our Town is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Tallapoosa County. Its population was 641 as of the 2010 census.
Our Town had its start around 1913 when the railroad was extended to that point. The community was named by John S. Jones by saying, “It’s not your town, or my town, it is Our Town”.
Pansey, a quiet, unincorporated community in Houston County, is located only 13.5 miles from Dothan.
Phil Campbell is located in southeastern Franklin County. Alabama State Route 13 passes through the town, leading north 12 miles to Russellville and south 12 miles to Haleyville.
In the 1880s, a railroad work crew leader and engineer by the name of Phillip Campbell (originally from England) established a work camp. Mel Allen, a prominent local businessman, told Campbell that if he would construct a railroad depot and add a side track to the stretch of railroad going through the area, Allen could develop a town, which he would name after Campbell. Campbell built both the depot and siding, and Allen followed through on his promise. Phil Campbell is the only town in Alabama given both the first and last names of an individual.
Pine Apple Alabama
Originally called Friendship, Pine Apple is a small Alabama town in Wilcox County. It was given its name based on the numerous pine and apple groves that were located nearby.
Pleasant Site Alabama
A northwest Franklin County community.
Possum Bend Alabama
Possum Bend, also known as Rockwest, is an unincorporated community on the Alabama River in Wilcox County. Possum Bend was named by Jerimiah Austell, a riverboat pilot in the 19th century, according to one story:
The riverboat pilot would get off the boat at Burford Landing and visit his girlfriend. The following morning he would walk to the next landing and catch the riverboat. On his way to the next landing, he saw a lot of possums near the bend of the river, and he named that area Possum Bend.
Possum Trot Alabama
North of Slapout is Possum Trot. Possum Trot probably got its name because it’s where some folks saw some Opossums crossing the road.
Pull Tight Alabama
Pull Tight is an unincorporated community in Marion County, Alabama, United States.
It is unclear why the name “Pull Tight” was applied to this community. The name may be commendatory, as local residents “pull tight” (i.e. helped one another).
Pumpkin Center Alabama
Pumpkin Center is a populated place located in the backroads of Morgan County in North Alabama. Nothing much there except a 4 way stop and a small gas station / convenience store.
Rainbow City Alabama
Rainbow City is a city in Etowah County, This city was named after U.S. Highway 411, called Rainbow Drive, which runs through the middle of the city. Some of the older citizens say it was named after the US 42nd Infantry Division, known as the “Rainbow Division”. Originally called “Coosa Bend”, the area was later called “Morgan’s Cross Road”.
Reform is a city in Pickens County. At the 2010 census the population was 1,702, down from 1,978 in 2000. It is located approximately halfway between Columbus, Mississippi and Tuscaloosa on U.S. Route 82.
North/northeast of Birmingham. Remlap was founded after some residents of nearby Palmerdale became disgruntled with management of the city and moved down the road. Remlap is, of course, Palmer spelled backward.
In northern Clarke County, south of Thomasville surrounded by communities named Okalona, Caney Head, Midway, Bashi (bash-eye), Tallahatta, Bassett’s Creek, Peacock and Alameda.
On the side of Lake Jordan in Central Elmore County is the community of Santuck.
According to one story, Santuck was named for two families that settled the area – the Sanders family and the Tucker family. Another story goes that “wagons would get stuck in the sandy roads. Folks began to call the area Sand Stuck, and later simply Santuck
Sardine is a populated place located in Escambia County.
Scant City Alabama
Scant City, also known as Marghton, is an unincorporated community in Marshall County.
Scarce Grease Alabama
Scarce Grease, also known as Scarse Grease or Rockaway, is an unincorporated community in Limestone County. A post office operated under the name Rockaway from 1891 to 1904.
Scratch Ankle Alabama
Scratch Ankle is an unincorporated community in Monroe County, Alabama, United States, located 12 miles northwest of Monroeville. The traditional explanation for the town’s name is that residents were frequently seen scratching their ankles due to numerous insect bites.
When in Scratch Ankle, check out the “Overflowing Well,” an artesian well near the intersection of County Road 61 and County Road 17 at Scratch Ankle, 12 miles northwest of Monroeville.
Screamer is an unincorporated community in Henry County. Screamer is located on Alabama State Route 95, 12.4 miles north-northeast of Abbeville. The original line established between the Creek Indians and the United States in the Treaty of Fort Jackson ran through Screamer. The Treaty of Cusseta ceded the boundary line north, allowing Henry County to gain land.
Two stories exist to say how Screamer got its name:
- Sound carries very well in the hills and valleys of the northern part of Henry County and the first story is that the sounds of the Native Americans could be heard clearly.
- The other origin story comes from the sounds of the steamboat whistles would make from the nearby port city of Otho on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.
In Marion County.
On Alabama Highway 9, next to Equality. It is about 17 miles north of Wetumpka. Local lore sats the town got its name this way: “The locals could not agree on a name for the town. In frustration, someone submitted the name ‘seman’ or ‘names’ spelled backward.
Shinbone Valley Alabama
This unincorporated community in Clay County was named for Chief Shinbone, a Creek Indian. Scenic USA – Alabama has a very well written article about the area and Chief Shinbone.
Sky Ball Alabama
Sky Ball, also spelled Skyball, is an unincorporated community and former city in Blount County.
Slapout (also Holtville) is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Elmore County.
Holtville/Slapout is located on the western bank of Lake Jordan, and much of its population lives along this lakeshore, or in the neighboring Lightwood community.
According to tradition, the old name of Slapout was derived from a storekeeper’s way of stating an item was out of stock: he was “slap out of it”. The community of Slapout is located in Elmore County, adjoining another small community called Holtville. Together, the two communities have a population of about 4,000 people. Neither community has a post office; residents are on the Deatsville route.
To enjoy a visit to Slapout, watch the video by SlapoutSweety. Also, there is a video on the history of Slapout.
Slick Lizard Alabama
Slicklizzard is an unincorporated community in Walker County.
According to tradition, Slicklizard was so named because local miners had to crawl through muddy passages and in the process became “slick as a lizard.”
Smith’s Institute Alabama
A community in northeast Alabama. Most folks think it’s a mental institution but it got its name from a school there back in the early 1930s.
Smut Eye Alabama
This community in Bullock County got its name from a blacksmith’s shop, according to a 1999 article in The Montgomery Advertiser. The blacksmith served a “homemade ale that the local women called the devil’s brew.” The men of the town would stand around the fire to talk and drink moonshine, leaving with their faces smudged with the exception of their eyes. The wives would know what their men had been up to and soon began calling the shop, and later the community, “Smuteye.”
Society Hill Alabama
Society Hill is an unincorporated community in Macon County.The community is likely named after Society Hill, South Carolina.
A post office operated under the name Society Hill from 1837 to 1914.
Spunky Hollow Alabama
Gets its name from the Indians and it refers generally to a road that runs mostly parallel to Highway 79 from Locust Fork to Selfville.
An unincorporated community in Washington County near McIntosh Alabama.
Sunny South Alabama
An unincorporated community in Wilcox County.
The name “Suspension” derives from the temporary suspension of railroad construction at the settlement. The Mobile and Girard Railroad incorporated in 1849 and began laying a track southwest from Phenix City, Alabama. By 1852–53, the grading of the railroad bed had been completed to Union Springs, located 9 mi southwest of the settlement, however, by 1858 the laying of track had only been completed to a location known as “Stewarts Mill” because extensive excavations were required to complete the track from Stewarts Mill to Union Springs. Because the track laying was temporarily suspended at Stewarts Mill, the location became known as “Suspension”. The track was finally completed to Union Springs in 1859–60.
Bullock County Road 40 crosses the now-abandoned railway at Suspension, though nothing remains of the settlement.
The Bottle Alabama
The Bottle is a community in the northern corporate limits of Auburn, Alabama. It was named for the orange Nehi soda bottle that stood in its location during the years 1924-1933.
Trickem is the name of two communities in Alabama:
Trickem is an unincorporated community in Lowndes County. A post office called Trickem was established in 1891, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1903.
Trickem is an unincorporated community in Cleburne County.The community’s name is derived from Tri-Com, which is a shortened form of Tri-Communities Church, which was another name for the local Mt. Giliard Church. The post office operated from 1891 to 1903.
This Limestone County community, site of a railroad depot, got its name in the 1800s after then-Gov. John A. Winston vetoed a bill outlining use for railroad tax money in the county. Speculation is that, after a vote of the Legislature overturned the governor’s veto, townspeople named the site as a message to the governor.
Vinegar Bend Alabama
Vinegar Bend is in the far southwest part of the state, not too far from Mobile and right next to the Mississippi border. It’s got 200 people.
There are two different stories on how Vinegar Bend, Alabama got its name. One goes that a train was coming around the bend and the car carrying vinegar dumped over. Then the other is when a train was coming through and just one jug fell off and supposedly that’s how it got its name
Vocation is an unincorporated area in Monroe County. A post office called Vocation was established in 1927, and remained in operation until 1932. The origin of the name “Vocation ” is obscure.
In 1805, the Old Federal Road was built across the Creek Nation, connecting Milledgeville, Georgia with Fort Stoddert, Mississippi Territory. The Creek were given authority by the United States to operate “houses of entertainment” along the route. A tavern was established at “Warrior Stand”, a stagecoach stop owned by Big Warrior, a prominent Creek Chief. When Marquis de Lafayette visited the United States in 1824-1825, his party stayed one night at the tavern.
In lower Crenshaw County.
Yelling Settlement Alabama
Yelling Settlement is an unincorporated community in Baldwin County. It appeared on maps dating from 1941 to 1963.
Zip City is a small unincorporated community in Lauderdale County, at the intersection of Alabama Highway 17 and County Road 8. The first settlement was made at Zip City in 1817. Zip City received its unusual name from the fact drivers would “zip” through town heading towards the Tennessee state line, where they could buy alcohol. The name dates from the 1920s.