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Bexar
Bexar Apothecary, taken as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey
Bexar Apothecary, taken as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey
Country United States
State Alabama
County Marion
Elevation
518 ft (158 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 205
GNIS feature ID 114199

Bexar is a rural, mostly agricultural community in extreme west Marion County, Alabama, United States, approximately three miles from the Alabama - Mississippi state line.

Origins

The community was founded circa 1830 and named for the Mission (then known as San Antonio de Béxar) which was the location of the Battle of the Alamo, scene of one of the bloodiest battles fought on North American soil. Bexar first appeared on the Alabama state map in 1853. The major road through Bexar was U.S. Route 78, connecting Birmingham and Memphis, Tennessee. However, the road was improved and rerouted about one mile north of Bexar in the 1960s. All that remains today in Bexar are homes, a few churches and the vacant buildings that once housed the post office and general store.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 37
U.S. Decennial Census

Bexar appeared on the 1880 U.S. Census having 37 residents. It was the only time it appeared on census rolls.

Postal service

The Bexar post office was established August 12, 1843, making it the oldest post office in Marion County. Richmon Pearce Goggans served the longest of any postmaster here, from 1905 until 1953. Postal service was discontinued on February 15, 1974. Mrs. Willie Lou Lochridge served as the last Postmaster from May 1971 till the end. The local community rallied around the post office in an attempt to thwart the end of postal service but were not successful. At the time the post office was closed, it had a modern building for the times, having been built in 1962. Former postmaster Pearce Goggans was the guest of honor at the dedication of the new post office, and U.S. Rep. Carl Elliott gave a speech. The Bexar post office served a large area of Western Alabama and Eastern Mississippi. The old Bexar rural delivery area is now served by the post offices in Detroit, Vina, Hamilton (all in Alabama) and Tremont, Mississippi. The ZIP code assigned to the Bexar post office was 35547.

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