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Thomaston
Thomaston

Thomaston is located in Marengo County in the Black Belt of Alabama. The population of Thomaston is about 300. The city is a mayor-council form of government. Amelia Love Johnson High School is in Thomaston and they partner with the Marengo County Extension office to provide learning opportunities for the students. Thomaston is known for its Mama Nem’s Pepper Jelly which is sold in the Rural Heritage Center. The town annually hosts the Pepper Jelly Festival, and people come from all over the state to attend. Dave’s Market and Dave’s Restaurant are new additions to Thomaston bringing fresh and local food to the area. Hunting is another activity that attracts visitors to Thomaston. Soon, there will be a Whitetail Record Museum that will be opening in downtown Thomaston. This addition will attract many new visitors to the town of Thomaston.

Elba
Elba

Elba is located in Coffee County in southeast Alabama, where Whitewater Creek and the Pea River meet.  The population of Elba is approximately 4,000, and the city has a mayor-council form of government with officials serving four-year terms.  The town experienced several destructive floods in the late twentieth century, the most severe of which kept the town under water for four days in March 1990.  Residents enjoy coffee, music, and art at the Just Folk Coffeehouse on the town square, and the non-profit organization Restoration 154 operates Pea River Outdoors and is seeking to renovate the historic Elba Theater.  

Collinsville
Collinsville

Collinsville is located in the northeast corner of Alabama in both DeKalb and Cherokee County.  It has a mayor/council form of government and a population of 2,000.  According to the 2010 census, nearly half of Collinsville residents are Hispanic, and in 2013 the Collinsville High School all-Hispanic soccer team won the school's first state championship.  The Collinsville Public Library is located downtown and offers a number of programs for residents of all ages, including the annual Quilt Walk, which attracts visitors from several states.  The Collinsville Historical Association promotes the preservation and understanding of local history. CHA has restored the Town Clock that once sat atop the 1946 Cricket Theatre, and they are currently working to save and preserve the historic theatre itself. 

Linden
Linden

Linden is the county seat of Marengo County in west-central Alabama and has a population of just over 2,000.  French settlers from the nineteenth-century Vine and Olive Colony (near present-day Demopolis) named the town Hohenlinden to a honor a victory by French Emperor Napolean in Bavaria in 1800, and the name was eventually shortened to Linden.  The Marengo County Cooperative Extension Office offers educational opportunities for people of all ages and interests, and the Marengo County Economic Develop Authority assists local entrepreneurs and prospective industry leaders with opportunities for success in Linden and throughout the county.

Last Updated: March 03, 2014