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Buzzard Roost, Alabama

Buzzard Roost, Alabama
Country United States
State Alabama
County Colbert
Elevation 466 ft (142 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 256

Buzzard Roost is an unincorporated community in Colbert County, Alabama.[1] Buzzard Roost had a post office in the 1850s, but it no longer exists.[2]


Buzzard Roost is located at 34°45′40″N 88°01′26″W / 34.76120°N 88.023927°W / 34.76120; -88.023927Coordinates: 34°45′40″N 88°01′26″W / 34.76120°N 88.023927°W / 34.76120; -88.023927 and has an elevation of 466 feet (142 m).[1] It is located 3 mi. W of Cherokee, Alabama, on U.S. Route 72.


Bernard Romans' Map of 1772 indicated a place called "Chickianooe", which appears to be a misprint of the Choctaw word "Chickianoce," "Skeki anusi" or “anosi,” "meaning Buzzards there sleep."[3]

Levi Colbert, Chickasaw Bench Chief built his stand in Buzzard Roost in 1801, and he ran an inn with his family. An exhibit telling his story is part of the Natchez Trace Parkway.[4][5][6][7] He is credited with changing the name from Buzzard Sleep to Buzzard Roost.[8]

In the 1840s, Armstead Barton built Barton Hall, also known as the Cunningham Plantation, an antebellum plantation house.[9]

Buzzard Roost Covered Bridge, built over Buzzard Roost Creek in 1860, was 94 ft. long, and located on "Allsboro Rd., which is part of the Natchez Trace Parkway System". It was destroyed by fire on July 15, 1972.[10][11][12]

In 1958, a type of spear point dating from the Early to an early Middle Archaic period, the Buzzard Roost Creek Point, was named after a site on Buzzard Roost Creek, by James W. Cambron.[13][14]

Buzzard Roost was added to the National Register of Historic Places November 7, 1976.[15]

As of 2011, a Pratt pony truss bridge built over Buzzard Roost Creek in 1940 remains, although it is rated "structurally deficient."[16]


External links

  • Natchez Trace Parkway - Buzzard Roost Spring, near Cherokee, AL
  • Photographs of Buzzard Roost Spring
  • Buzzard Roost Covered Bridge
  • Buzzard Roost Bridge, Bham Wiki
  • Riverton Rose Trail Buzzard Roost Creek Bridge

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