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Aroney, Alabama
Country United States
State Alabama
County DeKalb
Elevation
1,099 ft (335 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
35957
Area code(s) 256
GNIS ID 150074

Aroney is an unincorporated community located on Sand Mountain in far southwestern DeKalb County, Alabama, United States, approximately five miles east of the city of Boaz.

History

The Aroney post office was established in 1890. It has been since been discontinued. The community's name was incorrectly spelled "Arona" on the 1966 USGS Base Maps. Ever since, the misspelling has been duplicated on many other maps and geographical databases. The spelling continues to be used by the USGS, which lists "Aroney" as a variant spelling. Conversely, "Aroney" is the name of the post office in the USGS database.

People

The people of Aroney, Alabama are historically farmers. They grew cotton during the 1950s and 1960s, but like many others when the cost of growing cotton outweighed the value of the cotton once it was picked, Aroney farmers shifted to growing soybeans and corn. Many of the farmers, at the urging of the state agricultural department, fenced in their fields and started raising cattle. The town never got big enough to require even a single stop light. For some period of time, there was a flashing light that was then downgraded to a 4-way stop intersection and finally to a through fare. Life doesn't get too complicated in towns like Aroney. It's a reminder of a middle America that existed long ago.

These are a people that, until the last 20 years, the majority were related in some way. Traditional surnames like Camp, Scott, Walker, Davis, and Downs are the names you see on mailboxes in this rural community. The area never grew large enough to justify a school system. But until the very early 70s, there was a small school called Center Point Junior High School. When built, the school housed classrooms for grades 1-9, but as time went on it was downgraded to grades 1-6 and eventually closed in 1976. Today, all that stands as a reminder of the school is the front doorsteps and the luchroom.

Geography

Aroney is located at 34°13′18″N 086°04′55″W / 34.22167°N 86.08194°W / 34.22167; -86.08194. Its average elevation is 1,099 feet (335 m) above sea level.

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