Evergreen, Alabama

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Evergreen is a city in Conecuh County, Alabama, United States. As of the 2000 census the population was 3,630.[1] The city is the county seat of Conecuh County.

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History

Early settlers to the area came from Georgia and South Carolina beginning in 1818. Evergreen was founded officially in 1819 when Revolutionary War veteran James Cosey and several other men settled within the present limits of the city. Reverend Alexander Travis first called the town by its present name of Evergreen for the abundance of surrounding green foliage, plants, and ferns.[2]

When the former county seat Sparta was burned in a federal raid during the Civil War, the county seat was moved to Evergreen in 1866 as it was more centrally located in the county. Evergreen was incorporated as a city on March 28, 1873.[2]

In 1882, a tornado hit the city, destroying every building except for the Episcopal Church. On November 7, 1895, fire destroyed every business and house located on the east side of the railroad. Five days later on December 12, fire destroyed every business and house on the west side. The Conecuh County Courthouse itself burned in 1868, 1875, 1885, and 1895.[2]

The first female pilot in the U. S. Navy, Barbara Allen Rainey, crashed and died near Evergreen.[3]

Geography

Evergreen is located at 31°26′6″N 86°57′18″W / 31.435°N 86.955°W / 31.435; -86.955 (31.435025, -86.954905)[4].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.2 square miles (39 km2) of which 15.2 square miles (39 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.39%) is water.[5]

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