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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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  • July 2, 2017
    Pros: What can you say.... It is the only known statue in the world that pays homage to a bug. Cons: 'Someone isolated. If I were not here for work I don't think I would make the trek to see it. TF  more »
  • June 28, 2017
    It's just one of those things where people think, "wow, a monument for a bug." However, it's kind of neat to see and it's right downtown. I would recommend to drive by and visit - it doesn't take too ...  more »
  • June 21, 2017
    We had seen information about the boll weevil monument and made a special trip to see it in person. Enterprise is a cute town and the monument is well worth the visit. Be aware the monument is situate...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    Cool monument and historic town all decked out for July 4th festivities.
  • March 16, 2017
    Amazing monument ... Center of Mainstreet and symbolic of small town America ... Don't forget to check in on social media
  • July 1, 2017
    Very scenic monument in memory of soldiers fallen during the Civil War.
  • June 7, 2017
    Love driving past this just about every day
  • May 24, 2017
    A must see when in Enterprise. The only monument to a pest in the world

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