Enterprise, Alabama: Boll Weevil Monument

Swarms of the weevils ate up the cotton crop, forcing Enterprise to agriculturally diversify. The grateful town erected a monument to the bug.
Address:
Main St., Enterprise, AL
Directions:
Main St. in the center of town. Display of Original Statue: Pea River Historical Society Depot Museum, 108 South Main Street.
Phone:
334-393-2901
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Boll Weevil Inn. Boll Weevil Monument and Inn

The Boll Weevil Monument, a classical statue of a woman holding a large version of the insect over her head, is smack dab in the middle of town, right in the center of Main Street. Be sure to spend the night at the Boll Weevil Inn, 305 South Main St., just a few blocks down the road.

[Andrew Cruse, 01/29/2005]

The current Boll Weevil Monument is an exact fiberglass replica of the original, which was badly damaged by two teen morons in 1998. The shattered original is on display a block away in the town's Depot Museum.

Boll Weevil Statue recovered from shallow grave

Two bored-out-of-their-skulls teens were arrested for the theft and burial of the Boll Weevil statue in Enterprise, Alabama. The statue, a tribute to the nuisance insect that sparked an agricultural rebirth in the region, was recovered from a shallow grave last week.

... [08/23/1998] Complete News Story

Boll Weevil Monument plaque. Boll Weevil Monument

The official story is that a bad swarm of boll weevils came and destroyed the cotton crop one year and the towns people decided to grow other crops and thus avoid another economic disaster.

The better story is that in 1919 they were building the new main street in Enterprise and had the road all torn up, and were putting in a Statue of Lady Liberty or some other overdone statuary. Local folks got tired of answering the same question all the time, "Whatcha gonna put there?" One wit started saying it would be a monument to the boll weevil, and some traveling salesman got told this and went back to Montgomery and told a newspaper editor that this little hick town was putting up a monument to a boll weevil. So they did a big write-up, and of course the town couldn't back down, so they but up a nice monument to the boll weevil. The bronze plaque reads, "In profound appreciation of the Boll Weevil and what it has done as the herald of prosperity, this monument is erected by the citizens of Enterprise -- December 11, 1919.

[THX1138, 10/11/1997]

This story may be true, since in 1919 the "Boll Weevil Monument" was just a lady statue and a fountain. It didn't get its bug until years later. Another story is that the town enshrined the Boll Weevil because it could never honor its real savior -- agriculturist George Washington Carver, a black man, who supposedly was invited to the monument's dedication.

Boll Weevil Monument. Boll Weevil Monument

There is a monument to the" pest" the Boll Weevil; it ravaged the cotton crop years ago, and prompted farmers to grow peanuts instead!! It is rather unusual! The monument includes a fountain, and night lights right in the middle of "Main Street"!

[Stacey S., 06/17/1997]

Erected in 1919, long a favorite of small town adventurers...

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