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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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  • I really hate giving a poor rating, but this is one of the most inaccessible "tourist attractions" I have ever seen. It looks from the sidewalk, but you have to walk into traffic to get a better look....  more »
  • If you're grabbing a donut at Downtown Donuts or your wife drags you to Serendipity (women's clothing) stand in the middle of the intersection and enjoy! The monument is definitely a "been there, done...  more »
  • I was staying in Dothan so drove over to Enterprise one day to see this monument because a friend told me about it. It stands in the middle of an intersection in downtown Enterprise, AL which is about...  more »
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  • There was a special event on Main St. today EHS Espirt singing Christmas songs my daughter was there it was wonderful ❄⛄🎄🍭
  • Great monument to a boll weevil. You have to see it to believe it.
  • Cool monument and historic town all decked out for July 4th festivities.
  • Very comfortable and family friend!
  • Road Runner statue in Fort Stockton, TX wins!

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