Alabama is a small town in an area known as Sand Mountain in Northeast
Alabama, and it is known for its history and tradition. Andrew Jackson
battled the Creek Indians during the early 1800's in parts of this area
because 250 Alabama settlers had been brutally murdered by the Indians.
Later Cherokee Indians inhabited parts of North Alabama, but they too were
eventually pushed out as more American settlers moved in.
area of Alabama attracted early settlers because of the rich soil, nearby
rivers and streams, bountiful game, and good climate. Most settlers
moved from Georgia and Tennessee to establish the current towns and communities
of North Alabama.
little village of Crossville was named by James A. Copeland because of
the many crossroads in the area. In 1888, G.W. Justice established
the first business in Crossville, and then in 1903, W.B. Jones installed
machinery for his cotton mills.
the middle 1800's mail was brought through Crossville from Rome, Georgia
and Guntersville, Alabama by Stage Coach. Soon the town had its first
U.S. Post Office, with A.C. Copeland serving as the first Postmaster.
first church to be established in the Crossville area was a Methodist Episcopal
Church, called Pine Bark Church. It was formed just before the War
between the States. The first Baptist Church of the community was
established in 1892 at Union Grove. Later in 1925, several people
started meeting at the high school and formed the First Baptist Church
of Crossville. A new sanctuary was built in 1926.
established its first school in the late 1800's at Bryant's Chapel Church.
The first school house was a large, one room structure with one teacher
and around 50 students. The first banking institution was established
in 1914 by N.W. Black and Boyce Rains.
in late 1920's or early 1930's, Crossville was incorporated and C. J. Crump
became the first Mayor. Under his leadership little progress was
made and the Township failed as an incorporated town.
1942, efforts were made to incorporate Crossville again. Application
was made, the provisions were met, and the town was incorporated on December
21, 1942, for the second time. Dr. L.F. Erwin was chosen Mayor, and
the town government established ordinances and privilege licenses (taxes)
were levied. Collection enforcement was lax resulting in insufficient
resources to maintain basic town services.
C.W. (Bill) Russell was elected Mayor. One of the first things he
did was hire Colonel Mack Kilcrease as a Legal Advisor to the mayor and
council. This group worked together to establish a solid town government
with taxation, collection and basic town services that became the foundation
for the Town of Crossville.
is a small country town in rural Northeast Alabama, but tremendous progress
has been made since the early times. The Town has many new businesses,
medical facilities, government services, and improved schools and recreation
facilities that together make Crossville a great place to live, work and
life in Crossville is great because of the schools, churches and community
organizations. Rich in history and tradition, a beautiful landscape
with old farms and new subdivisions, a sound City Government providing
excellent services to the people, Crossville will always be a good place
to settle and raise a family.