Bellefonte, Alabama

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Bellefonte, Alabama
Ghost Town
The chimney of the Local Inn, with Bellefonte Nuclear Generating Station in the background
The chimney of the Local Inn, with Bellefonte Nuclear Generating Station in the background
Bellefonte, Alabama is located in Alabama
Bellefonte, Alabama
Bellefonte, Alabama
Location in Alabama.
Coordinates: 34°42′40″N 85°56′43″W / 34.71111°N 85.94528°W / 34.71111; -85.94528
Country United States
State Alabama
County Jackson
Elevation 745 ft (227 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35752
Area code(s) 256
GNIS feature ID 0113878

Bellefonte is a ghost town in Jackson County, Alabama, United States,[1] near the site of the Bellefonte Nuclear Generating Station. It is located roughly two miles southeast of Hollywood, Alabama.

History[edit]

Bellefonte was settled in the early 19th century and incorporated on December 15, 1821,[2] when it had nearly 200 residents. Its name was a subjective description consisting of the French words "belle", meaning "beautiful," and "fonte", meaning "fount." It was the Jackson County seat from 1821 to 1859. During the following decade, a post office, courthouse, and church were constructed. A post office was established in 1830. By 1844, the population had grown to 400. The town suffered severe damage during the Civil War. The post office was closed in 1859, and the entire town was abandoned by the 1920s. All that remains of Bellefonte today are the cemetery, the chimney of the local inn, and piles of scattered bricks.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bellefonte, Alabama
  2. ^ A Digest of the Laws of the State of Alabama: Containing The Statutes and Resolutions in Force at the end of the General Assembly in January, 1823. Published by Ginn & Curtis, J. & J. Harper, Printers, New-York, 1828. Title 62. Chapter LXIII. Page 839. "An Act to Incorporate the Town of Belle-Fonte, in the County of Jackson.—Passed December 15, 1821." (Google Books)
  3. ^ Tryon, Jeff (July 6, 1986). "Dream Has Gone: Civil War, Rejection of Railroad Led to Bellefonte's Demise". Huntsville Times. 
  4. ^ Foscue, Virginia. Place Names in Alabama. University: U of Alabama Press, 1989.

Coordinates: 34°42′40″N 85°56′43″W / 34.71111°N 85.94528°W / 34.71111; -85.94528