In Walker County
Mayor: Bobbie Jean Dodd
Named after Eldridge Mallard
Population 2010 census 130
Reported to be the oldest community in Walker County
Originally named Camp Springs after an Indian camp site that was also used by early travelers. Andrew Jackson’s army is said to have camped at the springs on the way to and from the Battle of New Orleans in 1814.
Post Office opened in 1836.
In 1819 John Blyer was commissioned to build the first toll road in the state from the Tennessee Valley to Tuscaloosa. The road opened in 1822. An earlier road that connected Jasper and Pikeville also passed through Camp Springs. Both roads were postal routes. Camp Springs, with a post office and Inn, became a stage coach stop. Eldridge Mallard, Byler’s son-in-law, was the first Postmaster and toll master. People began referring to Camp Springs as Eldridge
Churches have always been an important part of Eldridge’s heritage. The first school was held in the Free Will Baptist Church in 1880’s. In 1897 it became Eldridge Normal School and was one of only two Walker County schools. In 1906 the name was changed to Eldridge Baptist Academy. The Academy closed in 1940.
In April 23, 1943, the women of Eldridge planted a live oak tree in honor of the men who had left to serve in World War II. The “Service Oak” as it is called is still standing in memory of those who did not return from the World War II
Facebook Page: ELDRIDGE, ALABAMA – HOME SWEET HOME!
If you have time, you should check out their Facebook page. It looks like a tight-knit community that knows how to have fun together, based on their pictures and events.
Psalm 95:6-8 – “Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our maker, for He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you would hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the wilderness,”
Holy Lord, we choose to bow down and worship You. Creator of Heaven and Earth, the One who holds us in Your hand and has written all of our days in Your book before there was one of them. We choose to submit to You , because You are our Sovereign God and King.
May the people of Eldridge acknowledge You as their maker and Lord, the One worthy of all their worship. We pray that You would give Mayor Dodd, the town council, and all the leaders of Eldridge a heart that is not hardened, but soft and able to hear Your voice. Grant them Your wisdom. Cause them to keep their eyes fixed on You.
We pray for the Church in Eldridge to prepare their hearts to hear from You like never before. Reveal Yourself to them through Your covenant lovingkindness. Remove hard-heartedness from their midst, and give them a heart that beats after Yours. The Church was an important part of building up this town and community. We pray that it would continue to follow You and become a display of Your love and grace throughout Eldridge and the surrounding communities.
Father, we pray this in Your matchless, glorious name.
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