Historic Markers Across Alabama

City of Haleyville

Marker ID: ABT 
Location: in a small park on 20th Street, Haleyville, AL
County: Winston
Coordinates: N 34° 13.578    W 087° 37.336
  34.2263    -87.62226666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMNA94


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The Cherokee Indians were here first. They lived under the bluffs and near the "division of the waters". Richard McMahan established the first permanent settlement in 1820, one year after Alabama was admitted to the Union. John Byler completed the first major road through Haleyville, from the Tennessee Valley to Tuscaloosa, in 1821. Jacob Pruett built a two-story Inn/Tavern on Byler Road in 1825.

In 1883, William "Bucky" Davis owned 40 acres in Davis Cross Roads. When the Northern Alabama Railroad passed through town in 1887, it became Davis Crossing.

Reportedly, in exchange for a suit of clothes from Charles and Walker Haley's Store, Bucky Davis allowed the name to be changed to Haleyville, and it was incorporated as such on February 28, 1889.

The Illinois Central Railroad connected to the Southern Railroad here in 1907. Railroading breathed life into this small community, boosting it to become a town.

The Cotton Mill built in 1928 was our first major industry. It later became Haleyville Textile. Formed Tubes, makers of auto exhausts, came in the 1960's. Frontier Homes, with

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the aid of city and personal sponsorship, was the first mobile home builder. Don Tidwell ushered in a prosperous era with mobile home and furniture plants aided by local support industries.

In 1968, AT & T reserved the digits 9-1-1 for emergency use. Haleyville placed the first 9-1-1 phone call on February16, 1968, introducing the emergency dispatch system to the U.S.

Haleyville's brave men and women defended freedom in every war. Our 107th Trucking Transportation Company went to Korea and our 115th Signal Battalion was deployed in support of OIF2 (Operation Iraqi Freedom 2).

Haleyville has excellent schools, churches, medical facilities, banks, civic pride and a superb quality of life. Haleyville is a community of vision, growth and unlimited natural resources. Welcome to Haleyville!

End of City of Haleyville