Choccolocco Alabama

Choccolocco is the Anglicization of the Creek words, choko rakko, which mean “house big.” By the 1700s, the term referred to the Creek ceremonial square, which was bounded by wooden bleachers with awnings. It was at that time, too large to have a roof, but was still called a building.

Choccolocco is the Anglicization of the Creek words, choko rakko, which mean “house big.” By the 1700s, the term referred to the Creek ceremonial square, which was bounded by wooden bleachers with awnings.


The goal I have for each city is to tell you things about the city that you will not find listed among the hundreds of internet pages of city facts and figures. I try to use a writing style that “shows” more than it “tells.” In some ways, the style is like a travel diary or travelogue.

Abbeville Alabama

Location of Abbeville in Henry County, Alabama.

Abbeville gets its name from the Creek Indian expression “Yatta Atta” which means “reflections of Dogwood trees on the creek” or “grove of Dogwood.” Each year Abbeville celebrates the beginning of spring and the blooming of Dogwoods with the Yatta Abba Festival filled with entertainment, food, art, and children’s activities.


Old Mill House by the tracks in Anniston Alabama submitted by Blaine Allred

The establishment and growth of Fort McClellan and the Anniston Army Depot during the First and the Second World Wars boosted Anniston’s social life and economic status, luring in thousands of new residents.

Baileyton Alabama

"Good Time" Drag Strip Baileyton Alabama

Baileyton Alabama Baileyton Alabama was settled by Robert Bailey, a farmer from Georgia in 1870 and incorporated in 1973.   The post office was established in 1883.  The town is located in Cullman County. The area that now encompasses Baileyton had scattered settlement during the early nineteenth century, and the town’s namesake, Robert Bailey, was one of […]

Bessemer Alabama

Bessemer Alabama Founded in 1887, Bessemer is located in southwestern Jefferson County, ouside of Birmingham, eight miles west of Hoover. Nestled in the Jones Valley at the end of the foothills of the Appalachian Chain, Bessemer sits strategically along Interstate 59/20 and is centrally located to the economic centers of Birmingham, Hoover, Tuscaloosa and the […]

Colony Alabama in Cullman County

Colony Alabama Colony Alabama  was originally settled after the Civil War during the Reconstruction and emancipation, or freedom of slaves.  It is Cullman’s County’s only majority African American community and was a safe haven in the early days for African Americans in the Deep South. Colony was a farming community and was incorporated in 1981. […]

Double Springs Alabama

Winston County Alabama Courthouse in Double Springs Alabama

Double Springs Alabama Double Springs is a town in Winston County, Alabama. The city is the county seat of Winston County. The county seat was initially located at Houston, but by referendum in 1883, Double Springs prevailed and the county seat was removed to there. Double Springs is located at 34°9′6″N 87°24′16″W (34.151642, -87.404390). Double […]

History of Eufaula Alabama

HISTORY OF EUFAULA, ALABAMA, THE BLUFF CITY OF THE CHATTAHOOCHEE By J. A. B. Besson-1875 Atlanta, Georgia; Franklin Steam Printing House-Jas. P. Harrison & Co., Printers. 1875 PREFACE This little volume is offered to the public, not as a work of literary merit, but simply as a true and plain statement of facts, connected with […]

Gilbertown Alabama

Gilbertown Alabama Gilbertown is a town in Choctaw County. At the 2010 census, the population was 215. Gilbertown Alabama Events Local events include the Choctaw County Heritage Festival, which takes place Held the first weekend in May, this festival starts with a community gospel sing on Wednesday evening, street dance with local talent on Thursday, […]

Garden City Alabama

Garden City Alabama

Garden City Alabama The town of Garden City is located in Cullman and Blount counties, majority of the town is in Cullman County. Garden City was the second city founded by Col. Johann G. Cullmann and incorporated in 1878. Because its original incorporation had lapsed, the city was re-incorporated in 1950. The first 12 families […]

Geneva Alabama

Bridge over Murder Creek near Brewton, Alabama. 1930s - 1941 circa. Alabama Writers' Project photograph collection.

The City of Geneva, is the county seat of Geneva County located in southeast Alabama. Geneva is the largest city in the county with a population of 4,452.

 The City of Geneva has a rich history as a river town. The junction where the Choctawhatchee and Talakahatchee (Pea) Rivers meet actually forms one of the city limit borders of Geneva.
The town of Geneva was founded by Henry A. Yonge in the early 1820s as an Indian trading post at the junction of these two rivers. Early navigation of the river was by log barges. Before long steamboats were regularly plying the river and were being built in Geneva.

Guntersville Alabama


Guntersville Alabama WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE… …it’s what defines Guntersville, and makes it a special place to live, work and play. Literally surrounded by Lake Guntersville in North Alabama, Marshall County, this mountain-lakes jewel offers something for everyone. Explore Guntersville, and discover for yourself how our community’s natural beauty is reflected perfectly by the quality of […]

Vestavia Hills

Vestavia Hills Alabama Vestavia Hills is named for the 20-acre (8.1 ha) estate of former Birmingham mayor George B. Ward. It was situated on the crest of Shades Mountain in what is now the northern edge of the city. The development of Vestavia Hills as a residential suburb began in 1946, when developer Charles Byrd […]