Canoe, Alabama

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Canoe, Alabama
Unincorporated community
Canoe is located in Alabama
Canoe
Canoe
Canoe is located in the US
Canoe
Canoe
Coordinates: 31°01′35″N 87°24′43″W / 31.02639°N 87.41194°W / 31.02639; -87.41194Coordinates: 31°01′35″N 87°24′43″W / 31.02639°N 87.41194°W / 31.02639; -87.41194
Country United States
State Alabama
County Escambia
Elevation 282 ft (86 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 251
GNIS feature ID 115587[1]

Canoe is an unincorporated community in Escambia County, Alabama, United States.[2] Originally called Canoe Station, the settlement was a stop along the Mobile and Great Northern Railroad.

Civil War[edit]

During the American Civil War, Confederate forces operated out of the area and on March 27-March 28, 1865 10,000 Union soldiers camped in Canoe during the Canoe Rendezvous. During this 24-hour period several Union commanders brought together their forces which had been operating in the area and then moved on towards Blakely, Alabama. Gen. C.C. Andrews mentions this period in his book, History of the Campaign of Mobile.

Prosperity and decline[edit]

The settlement grew into a town and prospered from the 1870s-1950s. New settlers came during the 1880s-early 1900s in search of cheap, cut over timberland on which to build homes and farms. The town was the site of 3 schools, a mineral spring, and a hotel, among other businesses. By the 1960s, Canoe was in an economic decline as store keepers aged, closed up shop, and as younger people moved from the town. The post office and public schools closed by the 1970s.

Present day[edit]

Today, Canoe has a population of several hundred with a half dozen shops and businesses, a private school, and a water system.

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