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THE CLAY COMMUNITY - Clay, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hummerstation
N 33° 42.032 W 086° 36.201
16S E 536757 N 3729023
Quick Description: New Historical Marker at the Clay, AL City Hall.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 3/31/2010 10:08:41 AM
Waymark Code: WM8GR8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
Views: 7

Long Description:
Historical Marker at the Clay, Al City Hall. The marker explains the naming of Clay, the early significance of Clay and the early church history of Clay. Note: there are waymarks at all of the churches named on the marker.
Marker Name: THE CLAY COMMUNITY

Marker Type: Urban

Addtional Information::
THE CLAY COMMUNITY The clay soil of the area, first cultivated by Creek Indians, gave this agricultural community its name in 1878 when a post office was established. Clay’s historical roots date back to the early 1800s through two small communities, Ayres and Self’s Beat, documented by the founding of Mount Calvary Presbyterian Church around 1806 and Cedar Mountain Church (now Clay United Methodist Church) in 1819. In early years, the community was a stagecoach stop along the route from Elyton (now part of Birmingham) to Gadsden. Lying in the Appalachian foothills, Clay is cherished for its environmental beauty, history and landmarks. It is uniquely positioned in three watershed basins: the Black Warrior, Cahaba and Coosa. The Cahaba, Alabama’s longest free-flowing river, originates from springs just northeast of Clay. Clay is home to Butler Mountain, Jefferson County’s highest elevation. Incorporated in June 2000, Clay now includes Chalkville and its rich heritage, including Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church established in 1819. Erected by the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Clay May 2010


Date Dedicated / Placed: May 2010

Marker Number: Not listed

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