Fort Davis, Alabama

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Fort Davis, Alabama
Unincorporated community
Fort Davis, Alabama is located in Alabama
Fort Davis, Alabama
Fort Davis, Alabama
Fort Davis, Alabama is located in the US
Fort Davis, Alabama
Fort Davis, Alabama
Coordinates: 32°14′36″N 85°42′35″W / 32.24333°N 85.70972°W / 32.24333; -85.70972Coordinates: 32°14′36″N 85°42′35″W / 32.24333°N 85.70972°W / 32.24333; -85.70972
Country United States
State Alabama
County Macon
Elevation 312 ft (95 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 36031
Area code(s) 334
GNIS feature ID 118517[1]

Fort Davis is an unincorporated community in Macon County, Alabama, United States, located on U.S. Route 29, 12.9 miles (20.8 km) south of Tuskegee. Fort Davis has a post office with ZIP code 36031, which opened on June 4, 1891.[2][3]

History[edit]

Though it is easily assumed that the town had a military basis, it was actually named for one of its founders, a man whose first/given name was Fort and last name/surname was Davis. Richard T. Davis married Mary C. Fort and their first son was named for his mother's family. When the Seaboard Railroad came through the area, Fort M. Davis and his brother Hubert T. Davis laid out the town into lots and originally named it "Hamilton", but that was changed to "Fort Davis" to honor the founder. Fort M. Davis was also the first postmaster.

References[edit]

  • Smith, Virginia (1971-04-18). "Fort Davis Never a Fort; Named for a Man". Columbus (Georgia) Ledger-Enquirer East Alabama TODAY. Page 8.