Octagon, Alabama

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Octagon, Alabama
Unincorporated community
Octagon, Alabama is located in Alabama
Octagon, Alabama
Octagon, Alabama
Octagon, Alabama is located in the US
Octagon, Alabama
Octagon, Alabama
Location within the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 32°12′14.4″N 87°45′18″W / 32.204000°N 87.75500°W / 32.204000; -87.75500
Country United States
State Alabama
County Marengo
Elevation 282 ft (86 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 334

Octagon is an unincorporated community in Marengo County, Alabama, United States.[1] Octagon had a post office at one time, but it no longer exists.[2]


The community of Octagon obtained its name from the Bethlehem Baptist Church. The first building for this church was an octagonal structure, built by George Washington Barkley and his sons after the American Civil War.[3] At one time the community also had a Methodist church, a two-story school, general store, cotton gin, and grist mill. Only the Baptist church remains.[4] Octagon has been noted for its unusual place name.[5]


Octagon is located at 32°12′14″N 87°45′18″W / 32.204°N 87.755°W / 32.204; -87.755Coordinates: 32°12′14″N 87°45′18″W / 32.204°N 87.755°W / 32.204; -87.755 and has an elevation of 282 feet (86 m).[1]


  1. ^ a b "Octagon, Alabama". "AL HomeTownLocator". Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Octagon, Alabama
  3. ^ Walker, Mary Tucker (1993). Marengo County, Alabama : some early families. Wolfe City, Texas: Henington Pub. Co. p. 253. ISBN 0-9636582-0-4. 
  4. ^ Marengo County Heritage Book Committee (2000). The heritage of Marengo County, Alabama. Clanton, Alabama: Heritage Publishing Consultants. p. 11. ISBN 1-891647-58-X. 
  5. ^ Thompson, George E. (1 July 2009). You Live Where?: Interesting and Unusual Facts about where We Live. iUniverse. p. 3. ISBN 978-1-4401-3421-0.