Historic Markers Across Alabama

Shorter, Alabama

Marker ID: ABT 
Location: Located on an entrance road off of the Old Federal Rd (route 8) in Shorter, AL
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 23.630    W 085° 55.324
  32.39383333    -85.92206666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMMKH2


Shorter, Alabama
A New Town In an Older Community

Shorter was originally called Cross Keys for the birthplace in South Carolina of an early settler, J.H. Howard. It was later named Shorter for former Alabama Governor John Gill Shorter. The town embodies the memories of the proud Creek Indian Nation, the Old South, and the Civil Right Movement. It was originally a part of Creek Indian Territory and now a part of Macon County, which was created in 1832. Shorter is home to several state historical sites and boasts one of the longest stretches of the Old Federal Road built in 1804. Although the community has existed for more than a century, Shorter was not officially incorporated until February 29, 1984. Over the years, the town has been guided in its growth and development by dedicated leaders and enriched by the many citizens who call Shorter home. At the time of this marker dedication, elected officers included Mayor Willie Mae Powell, elected in 1998, and council members Desiev Howard, Betty Jeter, Edward Pollard, Rhonda McCloud, and Derrick McCloud. Harold D. Powell was the town clerk.

Erected by the Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Shorter.

End of Shorter, Alabama