Escatawpa, Alabama

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Escatawpa, Alabama
Escatawpa, Alabama is located in Alabama
Escatawpa, Alabama
Escatawpa, Alabama
Location of Escatawpa in Alabama
Coordinates: 31°17′23″N 88°23′14″W / 31.28972°N 88.38722°W / 31.28972; -88.38722
CountryUnited States
StateAlabama
CountyWashington
Elevation
171 ft (52 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
GNIS feature ID118025[1]

Escatawpa is an unincorporated community in Washington County, Alabama, United States.

History[edit]

The community was named after the Escatawpa River.[2] In the Choctaw language, the word "escatawpa" signified a creek where cane was cut, with uski meaning "cane", a meaning "there", and tapa meaning "cut".[3] Escatawpa was located on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad.[4] A post office operated under the name Escatawpa from 1858 to 1953.[5]

In 1909, a traveler from Urbana, Illinois wrote the Champaign-Urbana Courier advising citizens of Urbana to move to the region. He described the area as "a great fruit and vegetable country" and that "fine yellow pine trees are plentiful and cypress trees abound".[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Escatawpa". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ Foscue, Virginia (1989). Place Names in Alabama. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press. p. 53. ISBN 0-8173-0410-X.
  3. ^ Read, William A. (1984). Indian Place Names in Alabama. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press. p. 31. ISBN 0-8173-0231-X.
  4. ^ Alabama Public Service Commission (1914). Report. pp. 458–.
  5. ^ "Washington County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  6. ^ Gilmir, E. (26 January 1909). "Urbana Man Writes From Sunny Alabama". Champaign-Urbana Courier. Retrieved 26 December 2014.