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The name Northport reminds people that qNorth Portq was the northern-most point river traffic could navigate the Black Warrior River in the early years. Settled in 1816, Northport was first known as Kentuck or Cane-tuck because it was a cane-brake wilderness. In the 19th century, the land was fertile and cotton was king. Warehouses were built along the riverbank to store cotton to be loaded onto steamships bound for market. Due to periodic flooding, the center of town was relocated several blocks away from the river around 1830; Northport was incorporated 41 years later. The current buildings along both sides of Main Avenue were primarily built after the Civil War. Over time, several fires, flooding, and a tornado have changed the downtown landscape. As reported in the Tuscaloosa News after the March 21, 1932, tornado, qIt looked as if Northport had been bombed.qThe three-day outbreak of tornadoes from April 25 to April 28 was the largest outbreak of tornadoes on record. While the 2011 tornado did not hit Northport, it killed more than 50 members of the community and many more around the state.

Author:Friends of Historic Northport
Publisher:Arcadia Publishing - 2013-01-07


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