Town Creek…Did You Know?

By  | August 2, 2018 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

NOTE:  Alabama celebrates her bicentennial this year.  QCDNews presents Interesting Facts about some of North Alabama’s cities.

Town Creek was originally known as Jonesboro, named after an early inhabitant of the area, William Jones. Although the exact date is uncertain, it was one of the first towns settled in Lawrence County. The first school, consisting of one room, was established in 1840. Then in 1870, the local Masonic Lodge donated space for the expanding population to use as a school. The area west of Town Creek voted in 1871 to separate itself from Lawrence County because county officials would not build a bridge connecting it to Town Creek. This area would become part of Colbert County. Town Creek was incorporated on March 8, 1875.

By 1895 or so the Southern Railway was operating a line through the area that connected Decatur, Morgan County, and Tuscumbia, Lawrence County. A dedicated school was constructed in 1919, at a cost of about $40,000, financed equally by donations from the local citizenry and a tax increase. The site is now occupied by Hazlewood Elementary School, which was constructed in 1960 and named for the family that donated the land.

Hazlewood High School, which closed in 2009 in a consolidation, was known for its successful football program which won 11 state football championships and produced seven National Football League players.

Just to the northeast of Town Creek is the Saunders-Goode-Hall House (ca. 1824), a plantation house listed on the National Register of Historic Places and documented by the Historical American Building Survey in 1935 and 1937.   In the time span of their greatest success this tiny school sent nineplayers to the University of Alabama.

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