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Boll Weevil Monument, Enterprise

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The Boll Weevil Monument in downtown Enterprise, Alabama, United States is a prominent landmark and tribute erected by the citizens of Enterprise in 1919 to show their appreciation to an insect, the boll weevil, for its profound influence on the area's agriculture and economy. Hailing the beetle as a "herald of prosperity," it stands as the world's first monument built to honor an agricultural pest.The Monument consists of a statue of a woman holding a pedestal with a boll weevil perched on top.StoryThe boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) was indigenous to Mexico, but appeared in Alabama in 1915. By 1918 farmers were losing whole cotton crops to the beetle. H. M. Sessions saw this as an opportunity to convert the area to peanut farming. In 1916 he convinced C. W. Baston, an indebted farmer, to back his venture. The first crop paid off their debts and was bought by farmers seeking to change to peanut farming. Cotton was grown again, but farmers learned to diversify their crops, a practice which brought new money to Coffee County.Bon Fleming, a local businessman, came up with the idea to build the monument, and helped to finance the cost. As a tribute to how something disastrous can be a catalyst for change, and a reminder of how the people of Enterprise adjusted in the face of adversity, the monument was dedicated on December 11, 1919 at the intersection of College and Main Street, the heart of the town's business district.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Great little monument, Im not sure why it's more important to credit a bug instead of George Washington Carver "The Farmer's Best Friend" who is the real reason for the recovery of the crop. Maybe it'...  more »
  • There is a statue of a woman holding a big insect standing in the middle of Main Street. A small plaque nearby says the statue was erected to express appreciation for the boweevil. This is (supposedly...  more »
  • We were here last yr, 2016. Got a tour of the town & its history from husband's former youth group member & girlfriend (40 yrs ago..I got the prize 37 yrs ago). I got my picture taken w the boll weevi...  more »
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  • What a BEAUTIFUL little town, great unique shops and of course very nice people!!
  • Probably the best Boll Weevil statue I've ever seen
  • The pictures don't do it justice...
  • it stands as the world's first monument built to honor an agricultural pest
  • Super hilarious