Smithsonia, Alabama

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Smithsonia, Alabama
Unincorporated community
Smithsonia, Alabama is located in Alabama
Smithsonia, Alabama
Smithsonia, Alabama
Smithsonia, Alabama is located in the US
Smithsonia, Alabama
Smithsonia, Alabama
Coordinates: 34°47′39″N 87°52′45″W / 34.79417°N 87.87917°W / 34.79417; -87.87917Coordinates: 34°47′39″N 87°52′45″W / 34.79417°N 87.87917°W / 34.79417; -87.87917
Country United States
State Alabama
County Lauderdale
Elevation 512 ft (156 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 256 & 938
GNIS feature ID 157080[1]

Smithsonia, also known as Cave Springs, is an unincorporated community in Lauderdale County, in the U.S. state of Alabama.

History[edit]

Smithsonia was originally known as Cave Springs, in reference to the numerous caves in the surrounding area. It was then named Smithsonia, in honor of Columbus Smith, a landowner and merchant following the American Civil War.[2] Smith operated a ferry, general store, grist mill, and cotton gin in Smithsonia.[3] A post office was in operation under the name Smithsonia from 1886 to 1927.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Smithsonia". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Foscue, Virginia (1989). Place Names in Alabama. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press. p. 129. ISBN 0-8173-0410-X. 
  3. ^ William Lindsey McDonald (2003). A Walk Through the Past - People and Places of Florence and Lauderdale County Alabama. Heart of Dixie Publishing. pp. 363–. ISBN 978-0-9719945-6-0. 
  4. ^ "Lauderdale County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 28 November 2014.