Historical Markers in
Dale County, Alabama

16” Projectile 1840's Split Log Cabin 75mm Field Gun A Gathering of Eagles A More Inclusive Era Aaron Gus Green AGM-28 Hound Dog Missile Andrew Jackson's Military Road Andrew Lee Phillips Ante-Bellum Cotton Mills 1840 Anti-Tank Gun Atlantic Coast Line Depot Baptist Collegiate Institute Bennett Walker Smith Bettie Anne Highway Birthplace of W.C. Handy Burrell Normal School Capture of John A. Murrell Center (Centre) Star Charles Caine Anderson Charles Lee Moore Cherokee Chief Doublehead's Village Around 1800 Church Spring and School Church Spring Church and School City of Florence Claybank Church Coffee High School Colonel Pickett Place Confederate Memorial Cotton and Textile Mills Covington/Second Creek / Wheeler Dam/Lake D. A. Smith High School/ Professor D. A. Smith, Principal Dale Veterans Memorial Daleville, Alabama Deibert Park Don Leslie Michael Don Leslie Michael Doublehead, Cherokee Chief Dr. Amit Roy Dred Scott Driven Up The Waters Earliest Methodist Congregation in Lauderdale County, Alabama Early Ozark/Ozark's Role in the Origin of Fort Rucker Edward A. O'Neal Home Edward Stanley Robbins Elgin/Elgin Crossroads Elk River Shoals Ellen Dorrit Hoffleit First Baptist Church 1888 First Muscle Shoals Canal/Second Muscle Shoals Canal First United Methodist Church Florence Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America Florence Cemetery Florence Indian Mound Florence Little League Baseball (1951) Florence State Teachers College Florence State Teachers College Heroes of World War II Florence Synodical Female College Florence, Alabama Forks of Cypress Fort Willingham Founding of Florence Frank Perron Achorn French-Glover Farm Gabriel “Old Gabe” Butler General Hugh Pate Harris General Joseph Wheeler Gilbert Elementary School Grassy Memorial Chapel and Cemetery Henry Bascom Steagall Henry S. "Hank" Klibanoff Heritage Park Hickory Hill Plantation Slave Cemetery Historic Bell Homer Givens Homer J. Givens Hon. George W. Andrews Hugh Pate Harris Jackson's Military Road James Jackson Jesse James Gang Canal Payroll Robbery/Trial of Frank James John Coffee: 1772-1833 John Thomas Bulls, Jr John Wilkinson Taylor Jonathan Quinn Pettus Karsner-Kennedy House Kelton D. (Kelso) Herston Killen and the Canal System Lamb’s Ferry Road Lauderdale County High School 1912 Lieutenant Colonel R. Edward Yeilding Lin Dunn Locust Dell Academy Locust Street Historic District Longstreet Cemetery Lt. Col. R. Edward Yeilding Lynn Middleton Sibley Macedonia Church of Christ Major General George Washington Goethals' Home Maud McKnight Lindsay Maurice Causey Michael Hall Mobbs Michael "Nick" Nichols Mitchell Town Community Morgan Baptist Church / Church Pastors "Mountain" Tom Clark Mud Glorious Mud Natalie Chanin New Hope Church of Christ Newton Newton Confederate Memorial North Wood Avenue Historic District—Expansion North Wood United Methodist Church Old Confederate Fort Original Site of FAME Recording Studio Oscar Stanton DePriest Ozark Baptist Church/Church Pastors Patton Elementary School Peniel Baptist Church Pesthouse and Cemetery / Pestilences Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery Pope's Tavern Museum Prehistoric Native Americans / Historic Native Americans Providence Baptist Church Rear Adm. John Murray Hood Rear Admiral Fran McKee Return of a Native Richmond - First County Seat Henry County / Richmond - First County Seat Dale County Rock Spring Rogersville Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Ronnie Gene Flippo Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church Salem Baptist Church Samuel Burney: 1763-1849 Revolutionary War Veteran / Burneys Creek/First Creek Wheeler Lake Samuel Cornelius Phillips Sannoner Historic District Sannoner Historic District Medical Arts Building Sculpture Relief Books and Learning Seminary - O'Neal Historic District Shoals Creek Preserve Tract Simpson House~Irvine Place~Coby Hall Southall Drugs Springfield Community 1810/Springfield Church and School St. Joseph Catholic Church St. Mark Baptist Church St. Michael's Catholic Church Stewart Ernest Cink T.S. Stribling 1903 T.S. Stribling Literary Landmark Tabernacle Cemetery Tate Springs Estate Early 1800’s Temple B’nai Israel The Block House/River Port - Fort - Ferry The Cobra Helicopter The Dr. Eratus Byron Ard Family Memorial The Greater Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church The Hanging of Bill Sketoe The Hawk Missile The J.D. Holman House The Korean War The Mack M. Matthews School The Ozark Carillon and Tower The Phantom The Rolling Stones in the Shoals in 1969 The “Honest John” Rocket Tiny Jewels of the Air Town of Anderson Town of Killen Town of Level Plains Town of Midland City Trail of Tears Union (Arguta) Cemetery established by Union Presbyterian Church 1843-2016 Union Presbyterian Church / Founders and Early Pastors Veterans Memorial Park Vietnam War Memorial W.C. Handy Birthplace W.W. II Anchor Walnut Street Historic District Waterloo Weeden Heights Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church and Cemetery Wheeler Dam • Wheeler Reservoir/Locks Wheeler Rifles William Burch (Billy) Reid William Christopher Handy Wilson Dam Wilson Family Cemetery 19th Century / Slave Cemetery 19th Century Wilson's Headquarters and Camp Wood Avenue Church of Christ Wood Avenue Historic District World War I World War I Memorial World War I Memorial Amphitheater World War II Memorial “Gooney Bird” Propeller
Alabama is home to several important civil rights landmarks, including the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, which was the site of a deadly bombing in 1963, and the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, which was the site of the "Bloody Sunday" confrontation between civil rights marchers and state troopers in 1965.

Dale County, Alabama has a rich and diverse history that dates back thousands of years. The area was initially inhabited by indigenous groups such as the Creek and Cherokee tribes. They lived off the land and had a strong connection to the natural resources around them.

In the early 1800s, European settlers began to move into the area, attracted by the fertile land and abundant resources. In 1824, Dale County was officially established and named after Samuel Dale, a well-known frontiersman and soldier. The county quickly became a hub of agricultural activity, with cotton becoming the primary crop.

During the Civil War, Dale County saw significant military action. The Battle of Newton in 1865, one of the last battles of the war, took place in the county and resulted in a Confederate victory. The war had a profound impact on the area, leading to economic hardships and social changes.

Following the war, Dale County shifted its focus to industrial development. Railroad lines were built, connecting the county to major cities and markets. This allowed the growth of industries such as timber, manufacturing, and mining. The county's economy diversified, and communities like Ozark and Daleville thrived.

Today, Dale County continues to be a vibrant and thriving part of Alabama. Its history is celebrated through museums and historical sites, preserving the rich legacy of its indigenous peoples, settlers, and soldiers. The county remains an important agricultural and industrial region, while also embracing the natural beauty and recreational opportunities that make it a desirable place to live and visit.

  • 1824: Dale County is established as the 50th county in Alabama.
  • 1830s: European settlers begin to move into the area.
  • 1861-1865: Dale County residents actively participate in the American Civil War.
  • 1868: The town of Ozark is founded and becomes the county seat.
  • Late 1800s: The community experiences significant growth due to the timber and agricultural industries.
  • Early 1900s: Infrastructure development, including the establishment of railroads, further stimulates economic growth.
  • 1930s: The Great Depression negatively impacts the local economy.
  • 1940s: Dale County contributes to the war effort during World War II.
  • 1970s: The construction of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail attracts tourists and boosts the local economy.
  • 2008: Dale County gains national attention after the hostage crisis at Midland City.