Verbena, Alabama

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Verbena, also known as Summerfield, is an unincorporated community in southeastern Chilton County, Alabama, United States. Named for the indigenous flower, Verbena developed into a popular resort location for the more affluent citizenry of Montgomery, the state’s capital, during the yellow fever outbreaks of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many stately homes, some of which have undergone recent renovation and restoration, line the streets of the town as a reminder of this historic past.

The town was built beside the railroad currently owned by CSX Transportation. In its heyday, Verbena had two hotels, a bank, a post office, and a general store. Many of those buildings are gone or boarded up today, but the Verbena United Methodist Church still stands on County Road 59 near the town’s center.

According to the U.S. Census in 1890, Verbena showed a population of 756, making it the largest community in Chilton County at that time.

St. George Children’s Museum

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Located in the historic Dixie Academy, The St. George Children’s Museum encourages its guests to touch, feel, play, and explore in our ten exhibit rooms. The rooms are designed to encourage interaction between adults and children. Minds both old and young will discover a world of imagination as they play and interact with the museum exhibits. It is the museum’s goal to offer and provide educational opportunities for all children and adults to learn and grow.

“Discover, Imagine, and Create” is the museum’s motto for a particular reason. Everything the museum provides, all the specific designs of each exhibit piece, and every activity planned and offered strives to provide a way for its guests to discover, imagine, or create. Discover new worlds, participate in imaginative play, and create fun with us at the St. George Children’s Museum.(*)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dixie Academy

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Dixie Academy

Dixie Academy was constructed to provide advanced courses of study.  The St. George Stake Academy officially began in 1888 and moved into this building in 1911.  A four year program was recognized as two years of senior high and two years of college.  The college program grew into the institution known and Dixie Jr. College and eventually Dixie College.

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Canyon Station

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Round Station/Canyon Station

This stabilized fortification, known in modern times as Round Station, was built in 1863 to serve the Overland Stage. It was probably the third incarnation of Canyon Station, the first two having been burned by Indians. The ruin at Round Station is that of a structure probably used for defense, and the foundation of the station is visible to the south and east across the parking lot. The interpretation is the product of a cooperative agreement among the BLM, National Park Service, and the Utah Division of the National Pony Express Association.

Of the canyon ahead, now called Overland Canyon, Burton observed: “Nothing, certainly, could be better fitted for an ambuscade than this gorge, with its caves and holes in snow cuts, earth-drops, and lines of strata, like walls of rudely piled stone; in one place we saw the ashes of an Indian encampment; in another a whirlwind, curling, as smoke would rise, from behind a projecting spur, made us advance with the greatest caution.”

(*)Information provided by Patrick Hearty, NPEA Utah, 2005.

Boyd Station

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Boyd Station, or Boyd’s, may also have been known as Butte or Desert Station. It does not appear on the 1861 mail contract, but Burton describes a stop here, and Egan mentioned it as a Pony Express station. It was built by and named for station keeper George Washington Boyd in about 1855. George W. died in Salt Lake City in 1903. “Bid” Boyd, a relative of George, lived at the station until around the turn of the century. According to local resident and Pony Express historian David Bagley, he didn’t do much but hang out there and enjoy the solitude.

In Saddles and Spurs, the Settles say that Boyd Station was a log structure, but the stabilized ruins are of stone, in agreement with most other accounts. James Sharp says it was a one-room stone cabin which had gun ports on all four sides. There was apparently a small spring of very brackish water near Boyd Station. A well was dug to try to improve the water supply, but all that was found was brine so strong they used it to cure meat, according to Sharp. A poison spring was found a distance to the north, marked by numerous bones of dead animals.

The stabilized ruin at Boyd’s, on BLM-administered land, is one of the best preserved of the Pony Express stations in western Utah.

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Hot Springs Cave

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The first human occupation of the Fish Springs Marsh can be traced to the gradual evaporation of Pleistocene Lake Bonneville around 11,000 years ago and the formation of the marsh.  Today, the Great Salt Lake and Utah Lake are all that remain of Lake Bonneville.  Archaeological and botanical remains from Hot Springs Cave suggest the inhabitants of the cave were hunting and gathering the abundance of wild animals and plants that occur in this marsh environment.

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Pony Express

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Pony Express Stations in Utah:

Deep Creek
Burnt Canyon
Round Station (Canyon Station)
Willow Springs
Boyd
Fish Springs
Black Rock
Dugway
River Bed
Simpson Springs
Government Creek
Point Lookout
Rush Valley (Faust’s)
East Rush Valley
Camp Floyd
Joe’s Dugout
Rockwell’s
Travellers’s Rest and Trader’s Rest
Salt Lake House
Mountain Dell
Bauchmann’s Station
East Canyon
Weber
Halfway
Head of Echo Canyon
Needle Rock

Pony Express Stations in Wyoming:

Echo Canyon
Needle Rock
Bear River
Hanging Rock
Quaking Asp Springs
Muddy Creek
Fort Bridger
Millersville
Church Butte
Granger
Rock Ridge
Hams Fork
Green River Crossing
Big Timber
Big Sandy
Little Sandy
Dry Sandy
South Pass
Pacific Springs
Plounts
Upper Sweetwater
Sweet Water
Horse Creek
Three Crossing
Rocky Ridge
Warm Springs
Rock Creek
Split Rock
Devil’s Gate
Independence Rock
Horse Creek
Willow Springs
Red Buttes
North Platte
Bridge
Deer Creek
Box Elder
Lapierelle
Bed Tick
La Bonta
Elk Horn
Casper
Glen Rock
Fort Fetterman
Douglas
Orin Junction
Horseshoe Station
Cotton Wood
9 Mile House
Badeau’s Station
Fort Laramie
Torrington