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Chewacla, Alabama
Country United States
State Alabama
County Lee
Elevation
771 ft (235 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (EDT)
GNIS feature ID 156176

Chewacla choo-AHK-lə also known as Yongesborough YAWN-guus-BAW-raw, is an unincorporated community in the northeast corner of Lee County, Alabama, United States.

History

The name Chewacla is derived from the Hitchiti word sawackla, with sawi meaning "racoon" and ukli meaning "town". A specific type of marble, known as Chewacla marble, was mined in this quarry. Chewacla marble was described as "a highly crystalline dolomite, for most part a beautiful pearly white stone". Gneiss was also mined in the quarry and used to make millstones.

Chewacla was the location of one of the first Rosenwald schools in Alabama.

A post office operated under the name Yongesborough from 1859 to 1886 and under the name Chewacla from 1886 to 1907.

Gallery

Below are photographs taken in Chewacla as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey:

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