Hurricane, Alabama

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Hurricane
Hurricane is located in Alabama
Hurricane
Hurricane
Location within the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 30°50′28″N 87°54′07″W / 30.84111°N 87.90194°W / 30.84111; -87.90194Coordinates: 30°50′28″N 87°54′07″W / 30.84111°N 87.90194°W / 30.84111; -87.90194
CountryUnited States United States
StateAlabama Alabama
CountyBaldwin
Elevation
9 m (30 ft)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)251

Hurricane is an unincorporated community in Baldwin County, Alabama on the Tensaw River about 12 miles (19 km) north of Spanish Fort, Alabama.[1]

History[edit]

Variant names were "Hurricane Bayou" and "Tensaw Station".[1]

During the Civil War, it was called Tensaw Station, the final station on the Mobile and Great Northern Railroad, which was a crucial link in connecting Montgomery to Meridian. Because of a rail gap between Montgomery and Selma, war time soldiers and supplies were routed on trains from Montgomery to Tensaw Station via Pollard, then transferred to steamship headed for Mobile, to be reload on trains to Meridian[2][3].

A post office called Hurricane Bayou was established in 1877, the name was changed to Hurricane in 1895, and the post office closed in 1962.[4] The community was named for the fact a hurricane had struck the area.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hurricane
  2. ^ Bright, David L. "Mobile & Great Northern". Confederate Railroads. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  3. ^ Wilson, E. D. "28th Alabama Infantry Regiment". Department of History - Ohio State University. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  5. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 65.