Montevallo, Alabama: Center of Alabama

Upright slab of Alabama white marble, with an engraved outline of the state and a big star in the middle. Erected in 1955, even though the Center had been officially moved south, two years earlier, by the Submerged Lands Act. Montevallo obviously refused to accept this meddling by the (Yankee) federal government, and erected this defiant monument.
Address:
Reynolds Cemetery Rd, Montevallo, AL
Directions:
From Montevallo drive east two miles on Hwy 25. Turn left (north) onto Reynolds Cemetery Rd, which quickly becomes a dirt road. Drive a quarter-mile. The monument will be on the right, at the cemetery entrance.
Admission:
Free
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Center of Alabama Monument

I recently found out that Montevallo lost the designation as the geographical center of Alabama in 1953, when Congress approved something called the Submerged Lands Act, extending into the Gulf of Mexico the boundary lines of all five states that border it. In Alabama's case, that extension was for three miles. The result was to shift the center of the state into Chilton County. There is currently nothing to mark the location there that I'm aware of, and it's on private property.

[Eric Koch, 08/17/2015]

Sounds like Chilton County has had plenty of time to erect its own monument, and hasn't. The center with the monument is the one we want to visit, so we'll stick with Montevallo.

Center of Alabama

The center of Alabama is also located on the steps of Main Hall at the University of Montevallo. It's marked with a star.

[Jill, 02/12/2014]

Elevated graves.

Center of Alabama

Several oddities in this cemetery. The Center of Alabama marker is odd itself, but the mound of rocks is an elevated gravesite. There is grass on top with a tombstone. Also, another of the graves has a hole in the tomb and is creepy.

[Tansy Ridings, 07/15/2012]

Center of Alabama.

Center of Alabama

A concrete marker denotes the geographical center of the state of Alabama. It sits in a cemetery just off Highway 25 outside of Montevallo. There is some kind of old stone foundation behind it.

[Eric Koch, 06/17/2011]

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