Unusual Place Names In Alabama
Bacon Level Alabama
Bacon Level is an unincorporated community located 3–4 miles southeast of Roanoke, in Randolph County, Alabama. In this community were many potters (and in old Cedric, approx. 1 mile to South, Southeast) who are highly regarded down to today for their excellent pottery, esp urns, churns, jugs of all sizes and shapes for storage (of milk, water, whisky, sugar). They used the local porcelain white clay of highest quality, sometimes along with some local red clay with esp outer glaze of hickory ashes giving a tan or grown glaze.
Some of the many potter names were Cyrus Cogburn, Joseph Rushton (at old Cedric), John Barnes, John Lehman, Cicero D Hudson (at Hickory Flat) and also in shops of Mapp, Ussery and MacPherson. 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. But esp the immigration roads passing nearby allowed those moving on west to Mississippi and esp Texas, to buy needed urns and especially churns 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).
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.
Bug Tussle got its name after an early settler climbed a nearby mountain and said the people below looked like “bugs tussling”.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.
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”.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.”
Smut Eye Alabama
The Bottle Alabama
Warriorstand (also Warrior Stand) is an unincorporated community in Macon County, Alabama, United States.The lands of Macon County were historically occupied by Creek Indians prior to European-American settlement.
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.
Zip City is a small unincorporated community in Lauderdale County in the northern part of the U.S. state of Alabama, 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.