Historic Markers Across Alabama

Boom Town Historic District

Marker ID: AHC 
Location: is on 5th Street south of Gault Avenue North (U.S. 11), Fort Payne, Alabama
County: DeKalb
Coordinates: N 34° 26.637    W 085° 43.138
  34.44395    -85.71896666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Around 1889-1891 Fort Payne experienced a great industrial boom due to promotion by New England investors who speculated greatly on the area's mineral deposits. During this period several highly ornate commercial & civic buildings, along with the planned park, were constructed along Gault Avenue. The Fort Payne Opera House & other buildings in the same block constructed by the Fort Payne Coal & Iron Co., together with the Sawyer Building, the Alabama Great Southern Railroad Depot & Union Park retain the integrity of the boom town era & comprise a historic district listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, the year of Fort Payne's centennial.

(Erected 1989 by Landmarks & the City of Fort Payne)

End of Boom Town Historic District