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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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  • This is another one of those historic oddities you hear about in elementary school Alabama history class. A small statue of a woman holding up a big bug, surrounded by a small fountain in the middle o...  more »
  • Just a neat photo opportunity for anyone visiting the fine city of Enterprise. It's at the intersection to the courthouse and all of Main Street's shops. It's well lit for ideal night time photos as w...  more »
  • If yiu don't mind crossing into traffic with small children and ensuring that they are stuck to your side the entire time so they do not get hit by a car, then this is a decent monument. The fact that...  more »
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  • Cool monument and historic town all decked out for July 4th festivities.
  • Amazing monument ... Center of Mainstreet and symbolic of small town America ... Don't forget to check in on social media
  • Very scenic monument in memory of soldiers fallen during the Civil War.
  • Love driving past this just about every day
  • A must see when in Enterprise. The only monument to a pest in the world