A Tribute to the Boll Weevil
For years, cotton was always regarded as one of the most productive crops in Alabama. Many farmers relied on the cotton industry until one pesky little bug changed the future of Coffee County agriculture!
In 1915, the Mexican Cotton Boll Weevil first made its appearance in Alabama. Its species was known for plaguing farmers with dying cotton crops. In just a couple of years, south Alabama farmers were scrambling to find a way to combat the boll weevil. That is until a remarkable idea was created by Mr. H. M. Sessions. He saw the cotton crop as a yield of the past and encouraged farmers to plant peanuts instead.
Despite the tragedy that the Boll Weevil brought to Coffee County. Alabama, it also taught farmers a good lesson. They learned to diversify their crops which lead to increased profits. Soon after peanuts became a popular crop while cotton was slowly making a comeback.
The residents of Enterprise and the surrounding area gained a newfound respect for the Boll Weevil. In the downtown crossroads of the city, a statute was erected in honor of the boll weevil. The statue originally only consisted of the woman holding the plate which was custom made in Italy. The boll weevil and the fountain were added many years later.
It has stood there since 1919 as a symbol of Coffee County’s past and their appreciation for the boll weevil. The statue weighs 50 pounds and displays a Greek woman holding a boll weevil!
Violet Sky’s Visit
Enterprise, Alabama is one of those cities that encapsulates the heritage of Southern charm. Not only is the downtown well preserved but the boll weevil statue really makes the place unique.
The detail placed into the Boll Weevil Monument is astonishing. Its historic presence has become a symbol of Enterprise but also a wonderful representation of its local history.
I think that this monument is well worth the visit as it makes for an awesome photo opportunity. Also, on the corner there is a mural that depicts the story of the boll weevil in Alabama.
How to Visit
The Boll Weevil Monument is located in downtown Enterprise right at the crossroads of Main and College Streets. The statue is free to visit.
Be cautious when crossing the street or taking photos as it can be dangerous with moving traffic.
Thanks for reading and as always, keep on truckin’.