Historic Markers Across Alabama

Orange Beach, Alabama

Marker ID: ABT 
Location: 26389 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL
County: Baldwin
Coordinates: N 30° 17.535    W 087° 34.525
  30.29225    -87.57541666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMK39N


Side 1:
Orange Beach was named for the Oranges that were grown here and exported until the hard-freezes of 1916. The orange groves are gone, but the name remained.

Drawn here by the game they hunted, the early Indians discovered the seafood bounty of the Gulf of Mexico. The shell mounds and archeological digs give evidence of thousands of years of Indian visits.
The Spanish land grants of Samuel Suarez and William Kee were the beginnings of area development. Logging and pine sap collection (turpentine/naval stores) were early industries.

This sparsely populated wilderness was sustained by farming and fishing until the mid 1800's. Area battles during the Civil War brought a large influx of troops, many stayed or later returned causing the population to grow.

Over the next 70 years the community grew with commercial and sport fishing becoming its main industries. The completion of the Intra-Coastal Canal in 1932 brought more development. Travel to Pensacola was made easier in 1962 by a bridge from Alabama Point to Perdido Key.

Side 2:
Area population steadily expanded thorough the years until Hurricane Frederic in September 1979. After the resulting national media coverage following Hurricane Frederic, Orange Beach was "discovered" by major developers and the condominium-building boom began in full swing. That growth caused the need for controls and better infrastructure, prompting the incorporation of the City of Orange Beach in 1984. Since incorporation, new bridges and roads have been built, along with additional marinas, navigational improvements and expansion of other infrastructures.

Charter fishing (now a year-round recreation) has remained a main stay to the city's economy. Orange Beach hosts fishermen from around the world to compete in World champion tournaments.

Today, with its bays and bayous and sugar-white sand beaches setting against the azure waters of the Gulf, the city has grown into a modern resort offering everything a visitor or resident could want from casual to fine dining, houses, condominiums, museums, golfing, parks, recreation facilities and shopping of every kind.

End of Orange Beach, Alabama