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Wattsville is an unincorporated community in St Clair County. It is approximately 10 miles south of Ashville on U. S. Highway 431.

A post office was established in 1839 as Bolton's Crossroads. In 1890, John Postell, who had purchased mineral rights and built a rail line to connect the town to Georgia, renamed the settlement Coal City.

Later, the town was named Wattsville in honor of Watt T. Brown, the owner of the coal mines during the 1880s. The Wattsville post office was established in 1929.

Professional baseball player John Wilson was born in Coal City in 1903.


  • Foscue, Virginia O. (1989) Place Names in Alabama. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. ISBN 081730410X