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Bolling, Alabama
Bolling Church, 2006
Bolling Church, 2006
Country United States
State Alabama
County Butler
Elevation
328 ft (100 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 334
GNIS feature ID 114698

Bolling is an unincorporated community in Butler County, Alabama, United States.

Location

Bolling is 12 miles south of Greenville and 7 miles north of Georgiana on Solomon Hill Road, off U.S. Highway 31. It is near the geographical center of Butler County, with a concrete marker marking the exact center next to the railroad just off Bolling Road.

History

The community was established when the Louisville and Nashville Railroad was built through the pine forest region south of Montgomery. It is commonly believed to have been named for Judge S. J. Bolling of Greenville, Alabama.

John T. Milner and B. C. Milner began building the first structure in the town in 1865, a steam saw-mill. This mill, known locally as Flowers' Mill, began operating in 1866, employing James Flowers as sawyer. W. H. Flowers served as General Superintendent of the mill. At its height, Flowers' Mill produced 35,000 feet of sawed planks per day, most of which was shipped West.

Bolling church
Bolling Church, Fall 2006

The mill supported the construction of a grocery store, post office, and telegraph office in 1873. Bolling School was built by Gulf States Land Sales Co. for the community in 1914. It was touted during its construction as "the most modern two-room school in the state." In addition, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad sponsored the building of the Bolling Depot. After they discontinued passenger service in 1938, the depot was closed and later torn down.

Bolling Church was built in 1888 by W. H. Flowers for the wedding of his daughter. After the wedding, it was donated to the community by the Flowers family and served as a community center, school, and church. Although it was originally a Methodist Episcopal Church, it was used by several denominations. The church, now operated under the auspices of the Bolling Homecoming and Funeral Association, is the only remaining original structure in Bolling, Alabama. It is maintained by the community and former members. It still holds homecoming services every second Sunday in October.

In addition to the Flowers and Milner families, early founding families include the Wrights, Plants, Wesleys, Boggans, Gaffords, Taylors, Parkmans, Mitchells, Hendersons, Byrds, Greens, Faircloths, Popes, Luckies and Ashcrafts.

A post office operated under the name Bolling from 1872 to 1980.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 175
1910 350 100.0%
1920 146 −58.3%
1930 369 152.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
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