Bucksville

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Bucksville is a community in eastern Tuscaloosa County, near McCalla and the Jefferson County line. It was founded by pioneer David Buck, who opened a general store on the Huntsville Road (Old Tuscaloosa Highway/Jefferson County Road 20) in 1820. Bucksville is the eastern terminus of Alabama State Highway 216, and shares the name of Exit 100 from I-59 with Abernant.

"Buck's Store" was recognized as a post office in 1827 and the name Bucksville first appeared in 1830. The settlement commanded the turn-off to the site of Daniel Hillman's iron furnace on Roupes Creek, which produced iron from local brown ore as early as 1830. Writer Mary Gordon Duffee described the settlement as a "pretty town" whose buildings had "a venerable air of antiquity" in the 1850s.

References

  • Brown, Virginia Pounds and Jane Porter Nabers, eds. (1970) Mary Gordon Duffee's Sketches of Alabama. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press ISBN 081735011X
  • Foscue, Virginia O. (1989) Place Names in Alabama. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. ISBN 081730410X

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