Boll Weevil Monument Information

The Boll Weevil Monument is located in Enterprise, Alabama, at the corner of College and Main Streets. Standing 13 1/2 feet above the street, the monument was unveiled on December 11, 1919. It consists of a woman wearing a flowing gown while holding a black boll weevil above her head. Ironically, the woman has not always held a boll weevil. Originally, she held a fountain above her head. It was added in 1949 when Luther Baker thought it might be a good idea to include it. The monument cost approximately $ 3,000, which came from Mr. Baker and others' contributions. At the dedication in 1919, approximately 5,000 spectators came to watch it be unveiled.

There have been several instances of the boll weevil being stolen. It was taken during the 1950s, but a local club later replaced it with a larger bug. Later in the 1970s, the boll weevil and the woman were stolen. They were located along a roadside and replaced by metal fabricators in the area. Again, the boll weevil was stolen in 1981, but once again replaced. A continuing fascination with the boll weevil led someone to steal it again in the late 1990s. The boll weevil and part of the woman's hands were broken off. Local citizens banded together, and the monument was later found.

A sign near the monument reads "In profound appreciation of the Boll Weevil and what it has done as the Herald of Prosperity this monument was erected by the Citizens of Enterprise, Coffee County, Alabama."

Overlooking downtown Enterprise, the monument is a continued tourist attraction. One cannot help but notice the monument if you're driving through Enterprise. The city of Enterprise is located in Coffee County. It is 85 miles north of Panama City, Florida, 85 miles southeast of Montgomery, Alabama, and 30 miles west of Dothan, Alabama.

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