The Alabama Territorial Legislature established
Marengo County in 1818. The "Town of Marengo" was
then surveyed near the center of the county to serve as
county seat. In 1824 lots were sold, and early French
immigrants named the town Hohenlinden for Napoleon’s
victory in Bavaria in 1800. Everyday usage shortened
the name to Linden.
Lodging houses, stores, homes and churches
surrounded a two-story log courthouse built
in 1827. While courts were in session, the town became
so rowdy that it earned the unofficial name of
"Screamersville." During the 1840’s Linden had 160
residents, a wooden jail, two small stores and a
barbershop. In 1848 the log courthouse burned, and the
brick, federal style courthouse was built on the main
thoroughfare of Cahaba Avenue. A stagecoach regularly
passed through town en route from Mobile to Huntsville.
"The Linden Jeffersonian" newspaper began publication
in 1853; "The Democrat Reporter" weekly newspaper
has served the surrounding area since 1879. The City of
Linden, incorporated March 1, 1870, remained the
county seat except for a few months during
Reconstruction. Citizens witnessed a gun fight between
Deputy Sheriff Jeff "Dixie" Carter and notorious train
robber Rube Burrows in front of the courthouse in 1890.
The Louisville and Nashville Railroad track, nine-
tenths of a mile south of "old town," was completed in
1902. A "new town" grew near the depot as businesses
relocated to serve railroad customers.
Linden’s "middle town" grew near a Gothic style
courthouse constructed in 1903 at the corner of Main
Street and Coats Avenue. That courthouse with its
chiming clock tower was destroyed by fire and
replaced in 1968 by a new structure built on the same
site. This area continues to be the Linden Downtown
Business District, and center for county government
services into the twenty-first century.
"The History of Linden"
~Provided by the Linden Historical Society
* Ralph Abernathy, civil rights leader
* Roy Rogers, professional basketball player and coach
* Lucy Hannah, fourth oldest person, oldest American
at her death, second oldest American, and oldest verified
*William J. Alston, United States Representative to
the Thirty-first Congress
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