Historic Markers Across Alabama

Flomaton, Alabama

Marker ID: ABT 
Location: On US 29 at Houston St, Flomaton, AL
County: Escambia
Coordinates: N 31° 00.236    W 087° 15.817
  31.00393333    -87.26361666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMWQED


Side 1:

As railroads were reconstructed following the Civil War, a junction of north-south and east-west lines was established along the Alabama-Florida border near the confluence of Big Escambia Creek and the Conecuh-Escambia River. A settlement followed which became known as Reuterville, for Major Reuter, the contractor who on April 9, 1872, drove the last spikes joining the different railroads.

The community also became known as Pensacola Junction, or simply the Junction, as well as Whiting, after the railroad station master. Following several years of confusion due to the three names, the Post Office requested a permanent name from the citizens. The result was the first three letters of Florida and the last two letters of Alabama being joined to make the name Floma. To avoid confusion with Florala, the Post Office added "ton," meaning town, and the name became Flomaton. The Town of Flomaton later became incorporated on May 18, 1908.

Side 2:
As an important rail junction, Flomaton has seen the famous and the infamous. President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905, President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, President Calvin Coolidge in 1930, and a campaigning future President Lyndon Johnson in 1960 all visited by train. The outlaws Rube Burrow, Railroad Bill, John Wesley Hardin and Brown Bowen also came through at various times.

During World War I, a Flomaton resident, Corporal Sidney E. Manning, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism displayed while fighting in France. Named by General Pershing as one of his "Immortal Ten", Manning refused to accept a monument in his hometown while he lived, saying only "I did no more than those who came back and a lot less than those who did not."

Over the years, Flomaton commerce has benefited from its status as a rail center, as well as the development of its natural resources, namely timber, sand, gravel, oil, and natural gas. Flomaton continues to progress as a transportation gateway, not only because of the railroad, but also due to the junction of three four lane highways leading from Interstate 65 to the central Gulf Coast.

End of Flomaton, Alabama