Dallas Loop Road added to Alabama Historic Registry

Dallas Historic District

From left, Deb Hicks, Sue Copeland, Nick Washburn, Chris Green, Gregg Armstrong, and Mark Moon spoke at the ceremony unveiling the Dallas Historic District marker.

From left, Deb Hicks, Sue Copeland, Nick Washburn, Chris Green, Gregg Armstrong, and Mark Moon spoke at the ceremony unveiling the Dallas Historic District marker.

A portion of the Dallas Community located a few miles south of Locust Fork has been added to the Alabama Historic Registry. Several Blount County residents are responsible for making this a possibility. Sue Copeland, with the help of Dallas community members, headed up the project of gathering information. The process took nearly two years to see to fruition and the Blount County Historical Society graciously helped with the cost of the monument.

The Dallas Community was founded in the mid-1800s after the Second Creek War. The area boasted general merchandise stores, a town doctor, a justice of the peace who held court in his living room, a blacksmith, a church, and a cemetery. In 1900, the Tennessee Pike Road was carved through the middle of Dallas connecting Nashville to Birmingham; it was a way local farmers could travel to sell goods at various markets. In the 1930s, a school was built.

The monument was unveiled Nov. 17. There were approximately 35 Blount County citizens in attendance to witness the historic event.A small ceremony was held before the grand unveiling in which Blount County Historical Society member Leonard Yarbrough, project organizer and Dallas resident Copeland, Blount County Probate Judge Chris Green, District 4 Commissioner Nick Washburn, Revenue Commissioner Gregg Armstrong, Sheriff Mark Moon, and resident Deb Hicks spoke.

The marker was erected on the south end of Dallas Loop Road in Bethlehem Cemetery, across from Bethlehem Methodist Church.