Pintlala Historical Association
Tuesday, April 16, 2024
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Meeting Date


Pintlala Historical Association Meeting
 

PHA will meet on Sunday, April 21, at 2:30 p.m., Pintlala Baptist Church Fellowship Hall


PHA PROGRAM FOR April 2024

 

Pintlala Historical Association meets on Sunday, April 21 at 2:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Pintlala Baptist Church. Our program will be presented by Olan (Skip) Tucker who grew up in the small community of Eldridge in Walker County, Alabama and now resides in Montgomery. Skip has been managing editor of the Daily Mountain Eagle newspaper in Jasper, Alabama (1972-1981), political consultant, author of four books, public speaker, and served as the press secretary for Governor Jim Folsom in 1995-96.

Skip will enlighten the PHA on his involvement with the Byler Road Project for which he serves as Communication Director.  So what is the Byler Road Project?  It is a project of around twenty people, all from northwest Alabama whose goal is to educate the public about the 200 year old, 140 mile long Byler Road.  This, the oldest public road in Alabama, was created by the Alabama legislature two days after Alabama became a state in 1819. Governor W. W. Bibb approved this legislation. The road was named for John Byler who oversaw construction of the road in the 1800s. Along this route can be found at least two historic cemeteries, Rock Springs Cemetery and Prewitt Slave Cemetery. The road brought settlers into northwest Alabama and was the vision of Andrew Jackson whose goal was to connect the Tennessee River to the Warrior River in Northport in order to increase settlement and trade in this part of the state.   The Byler Road Project aims to develop tourism and an historic appreciation for the communities along the Byler Road and for the old road itself.  

 

Please join PHA on April 21 to learn new history of the northwest portion of our state.