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Warrior, a historic Alabama town nestled near the Locust Branch Fork of the Warrior River, features a past clouded in mystery and adventure. The area once provided hunting grounds for Indians until white settlers began pouring into the town around 1816. Scattered farmers and a few coal miners located in the vicinity and founded the Cane Creek School (the earliest in the area) before Alabama became a state. In the late 1860’s the arrival of the railroad transformed Warrior into a boomtown almost overnight and people of all nationalities poured in by the thousands to find their fortunes in the coal mining industry.

Turbulent times followed and the Warrior community experienced strikes and violence as people from widely different backgrounds grew accustomed to living and working together. The true spirit of the community emerged during the poverty and turmoil of the depression as conditions for miners and their families deteriorated. The community, led by Major William T. Morgan, banded together to save over 200 families from starvation, disease, and loss of jobs and pride.

From the elaborate and historic Brake home that sits on a summit overlooking the town, to the banks of the Warrior River, Warrior is a town rich in history and opportunity for its citizens. Today people are once again pouring into the Warrior area, bringing a new vitality and vigor to the community. This new generation of citizens will continue building a rich history and will leave a valuable heritage for generations who follow.

Written by Anne Jolly; Information from Rebecca S. Baker and The Early History of Warrior by Cathy B. Sloan

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