Fort Payne, Alabama

Fort Payne is a city in and county seat of DeKalb County, United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 14,012. In the 19th century, the site of Fort Payne was the location of Willstown, an important village of the Cherokee people. For a time it was the home of Sequoyah, a silversmith who invented the Cherokee syllabary, enabling reading and writing in the language; the settlement was called Willstown, after its headman, a red-headed mixed-race man named Will. According to Major John Norton, a more accurate transliteration would have been Titsohili; the son of a Cherokee adoptee of the Mohawk people, Norton grew up among Native Americans and traveled extensively throughout the region in the early 19th century. He stayed at Willstown several times. During the 1830s prior to Indian removal, the US Army under command of Major John Payne built a fort here, used to intern Cherokees until relocation to Oklahoma, their forced exile became known as the Trail of Tears. By the 1860s, Fort Payne and the surrounding area were still sparsely settled.

It had no strategic targets and was the scene of only minor skirmishes between Union and Confederate forces during the Civil War. About the time of the Second Battle of Chattanooga, a large Union force entered the county, but it did not engage substantial Confederate forces. In 1878 Fort Payne became the county seat, in 1889 it was incorporated as a town; the community of Lebanon had served as the county seat since 1850. With the completion of rail lines between Birmingham and Chattanooga, Fort Payne began to grow, as it was on the rail line. County sentiment supported having the seat in a community served by the railroad. In the late 1880s, Fort Payne experienced explosive growth as investors and workers from New England and the North flooded into the region to exploit coal and iron deposits discovered a few years earlier; this period is called the "Boom Days", or the "Boom". Many of the notable and historic buildings in Fort Payne date from this period of economic growth, including the state's oldest standing theater, the Fort Payne Opera House.

Today, it serves as a museum of local history. The iron and coal deposits turned out to be much smaller. Many of the Boom promoters left the region for Birmingham, Fort Payne experienced a period of economic decline; that downturn shifted in 1907, when the W. B. Davis Hosiery Mill began operations; this was the beginning of decades of hosiery manufacture in Fort Payne. By the beginning of the 21st century, the hosiery industry in Fort Payne employed over 7,000 people in more than 100 mills, it produced more than half of the socks made in the United States and was designated the "Sock Capital of the World." Beginning in the 1990s, the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Central American Free Trade Agreement lowered tariffs on textile products imported into the United States, resulting in large increases in sock imports. Many businesses in Fort Payne accused foreign manufacturers those from China, of engaging in dumping of socks below cost to force American companies out of the sock business.

By 2005, hosiery mill employment in Fort Payne had declined to around 5,500, several mills had closed. In late 2005, the federal government gained an agreement with the Chinese government to slow the schedule for the removal of tariffs, delaying their full removal until 2008; the hosiery industry continues to have a foothold in the community, diversifying from athletic socks to boutique designs like Zkano, other specialty & medical socks. Reacting more to changes than at the end of the Boom, in the 1990s, business and civic leaders in Fort Payne began to take steps to diversify the city's economy. Several new commercial and industrial projects were developed; the largest was the 2006 construction of a distribution center for The Children's Place stores, a facility that employed 600 people in its first phase of operation. Other large corporations with locations in Fort Payne include Heil Environmental Industries. Fort Payne houses the headquarters for the nearby Little River Canyon National Preserve, a 14,000-acre National Park Service facility established by Congress in 1992.

The canyon itself is on Lookout Mountain outside the city limits. Another attraction based on natural resources is DeSoto State Park, a smaller facility with a lodge, restaurant and river access areas. Manitou Cave is near Fort Payne; the country music group Alabama is based in Fort Payne. The city houses the group's fan club and museum. Fort Payne is within a 30-minute drive of substantial water recreational areas, notably Guntersville Lake, Weiss Lake, an artificial lake on the Coosa River. Fort Payne is near Mentone, a popular mountain resort area known for summer children's camps, rustic hotels and cabins. Fort Payne is located in northeastern Alabama at 34°27′14″N 85°42′24″W. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 55.8 square miles, of which 55.5 square miles is land and 0.35 square miles, or 0.64%, is water. The city is located along Interstate 59, which runs from southwest to northeast to the west of the city, with access from exits 218 and 222. Via I-59, Tennessee is 53 mi northeast, B

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