Jemison, Alabama, located at the geological end of the Appalachian Mountain Range, has a rich history that spans from its original Creek Indian inhabitants to its modern-day status as an agricultural hub. Initially a resting spot for stagecoach drivers, the area gained prominence with the development of the Louisville and Nashville (L&N) Railroad, and was named after Colonel Robert Jemison, Jr., a key figure in Alabama's early transportation infrastructure. Incorporated in 1907 and reincorporated in 1919, the city has been a center for various industries, from timberland and agriculture to sawmills and hotels, and has produced notable figures in social activism, politics, and journalism.
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