Historic Markers Across Alabama

Town of Sipsey

Marker ID: ABT 
Location: Sipsey, AL
County: Walker
Waymark: None


Side 1:
The Town of Sipsey was founded in 1912 by Milton H. and Rose Fies and the Maryland Coal and Coke Co. (later named the DeBardeleben Coal Co). The village was built as a showplace of a mining village in the South. It consisted of a large commissary, school building, church and 200 houses built from logs sawed on the property. The first load of coal was shipped out on 8-13-13. Labor wages when the mine opened was: outside labor--1.50 per day, track men--2.75 per day, electrician--3.00 per day, machine men--3.00 per day, motormen--2.75 per day, and trip rides--2.50 per day. This was based on a 10 hour day. In 1915 a new 2 story school was built, on the first floor was 3 classrooms and the top floor was for the Masonic Lodge. This was the first school in the county to implement a 9 month school term. Shortly after the new school was built a school for African Amercians was built. This was the largest school of its kind in the county and

Side 2:
still stands today. It is now used as a recreational center. The church built in Sipsey at the time was a Union Church, which meant that the Baptist and Methodist shared the church on alternate Sundays. This church still stands and is still in use. The first clinic was built in 1913. The Company Dairy was founded in 1917. The town also had a pool hall, picture show, concessions, and amusement features. Prices at the time the town was built was: rent-6.00 per cent, white meat-.05 per lb, lard-.05 per lb, and flour .75 for 24 lbs. Sipsey is a Choctaw Indian name for the word poplar. The name was chosen from this town because of the numerous poplar trees found here when the town was founded.
Washington County

End of Town of Sipsey