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This Date in Alabama History

by W.J. Boles

The little town of Bexar in Marion County (population 300), founded about 1830 and which claims to be the oldest post office in that county, was named for the Alamo de la Bexar, scene of one of the bloodiest battles ever fought on the North American continent. Not great because of the number of men engaged in it, at least on the Texas side, but because of its tragic ending -not one of the defenders of the Alamo surviving. Several Marion County men were in the Alabama contingent of Alabamians that joined the Texans in their fight for freedom and when the citizens of this Marion County village got down to the point of giving it an official name they called it Bexar. The naming followed receipt of news of the victory of Gen. Sam Houston and his army at San Jacinto, the christening party remembering that some of their neighbors and friends and members of some of their families, were with the doughty general whose victory at San Jacinto was the decisive battle in the Texas' fight for freedom. There were Alabamians in the Alamo and San Jacinto battles and their friends and relatives back home "remembered the Alamo" and commemorated the event that gave rise to the famous battle cry. Bexar is about 110 miles northwest of Birmingham and situated in an agricultural section just outside the Warrior coal field. Nearby evidences of gas have been found, but prospectors have not been rewarded so far for their faith and investments.


Birmingham News- July 10, 1942.

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