Montevallo, Alabama: Center of AlabamaThe geographical center of Alabama is in a cemetery. The concrete marker and its state map outline show signs of visitor updates, including the apparent new metropolises of "Randy" and "Burford."
- Hwy. 25, Montevallo, AL
- Reynolds Cemetery on Reynolds Cemetery Rd just east of Montevallo, on Hwy. 25. From I-65 exit 228 in Calera, take Highway 31 south for 3.1 miles. Turn right onto Hwy 25 for 4.3 miles. Turn right onto Reynolds Cemetery Rd. Cemetery is at the top of the hill, monument is close to the road.
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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.
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]
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
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]
When next in Alabama, we hope to visit the metropolises of "Randy" and "Buford," which someone has thoughtfully carved into the monument map.