By Alex Wilkerson for City of Orange Beach
Orange Beach, Alabama — On June 19, 2018, at noon at Orange Beach City Hall, the city will honor its heritage by unveiling a municipal complex historical marker. All are welcome to attend the unveiling ceremony. The historical marker was written by local author Margaret Childress Long.
The marker details a brief history of the incorporation of the City of Orange Beach and the community-changing property donation made by John M. Snook and his wife Marjorie. It also details the growth that followed. From the introduction of the nation’s first wireless telephone service, to the building boom following Hurricane Fredric, to the movement to incorporate in 1984, Orange Beach continues to grow to this day with the municipal complex as its hub.
The unveiling of the historical marker is part of the City of Orange Beach’s participation in ALABAMA 200. According to the official website, ALABAMA 200 is “the state’s official bicentennial commemoration and will consider a rich and complex history made every day by people like us. Whether they lived here for centuries or came from far away, Alabamians made this land of natural beauty and diversity, innovation and change, challenge and resilience, their home. Their stories embrace some of the most significant moments in national and world history. Between January 2017 and December 2019, Alabamians all over the state and beyond will create and take part in educational and enriching opportunities to discover, explore, preserve, and share those stories.”
The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 19 at noon in front of Orange Beach City Hall. City Hall is at the corner of Orange Beach Boulevard and John M. Snook Drive.
The Municipal Complex marker will join four others placed around the city and future ones as well. In 2017, historical markers were dedicated at Perdido Pass and Romar Beach. There are also markers in place at Bear Point Cemetery and the Coastal Arts Center, site of the original Orange Beach Hotel. The City of Orange Beach will pay for three more historical markers.
For more information about ALABAMA200, visit www.alabama200.org. For more information on Orange Beach’s historical marker or the unveiling ceremony, email email@example.com or call 251-597-2982.