PINE HILL, ALABAMA Historical Marker at Pine Hill, AL

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This historical marker is located on the north side of Broad Street, in the municipal park near the intersection of Broad and Dunn Streets, in Pine Hill (GPS coordinates 31.979556, -87.587636). This marker was erected by the Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Pine Hill in October 2010. Following is the text on the marker:

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Incorporated December 2, 1895

This area was Choctaw Indian country before the arrival of settlers moving south and west in this new nation. The first settlement, known as Arnold, was located one mile north of the present town center. Mr. Charley A. Sheldon from Massachusetts, scouting for timber, described the area as that “pine hill,”’ thus the first post office was given the name Pine Hill when established in 1839. The arrival of the railroad in 1888 was the catalyst that brought Pine Hill to its present location. Many of the original settlers came from North and South Carolina. Among early families were Arnold, Brewer, Evans, Fuller, Gorman, Hall, Hare, Jordan, Lindsey, Mayton, Morgan, Shamburger, Sheffield and Small. There were other settlements in the area that contributed to the population of Pine Hill, namely Yellow Bluff, Bethel and Enon.

1839 – Post office established
1856 – Dr. J.A. Thompson becomes first doctor
1888 – Birmingham & Mobile Railroad established
1890 – First official school begins
1894 – First church building, Pine Hill Baptist Church, begins
1895 – Town of Pine Hill incorporated and Clay Sheffield Bank established
1903 – Vredenburgh Saw Mill Company begins operating
1911 – Alabama & Northwestern Railroad established
1925 – First telephone system established
1927 – Electrical service begins
1946 – Bank of Pine Hill chartered
1951 – Municipal water system built
1952 – Volunteer Fire Department begins
1966 – MacMillan-Bloedel Wood Products Complex established and municipal airport built
1967 – Natural gas distribution system begins
1970 – Surface water treatment plant and sewage system established
1981 – Pine Hill purchases municipal park and museum property.”

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