SYLACAUGA, Ala. – It was perhaps a typical Wednesday like today, except that Tuscaloosa was the capital of the state of Alabama, and a guy named Arthur P. Bagby was governor.

On Jan. 31, 1838, legislators gathered in chambers on Broad Street and approved an important act.

Today’s maps and records show no evidence of such a “store house” 180 years ago, and the then-town was incredibly small — extending a radius of only 1,320 feet from that location.

First established in 1834, this first incorporation as Syllacauga was followed by another in 1887 as Sylacauga. Over time, there have been many variant spellings including Suillacouga on 1838 maps and Syllacoga.

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