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Home of the Chief Ladiga Trail

The City of Piedmont lies at the foot of the Appalachian Mountain range. Our beautiful scenery, growing local economy, and friendly populace draw thousands of visitors and settlers, every year, and make Piedmont a wonderful place to call home.

A Brief History:

The area now known as Piedmont is a community that began in the early 1840's. Located at the crossroads of two early post roads, tradition has it that a hollow stump was used by the mailman to deposit and pick up the mail. This point received the official name of "Hollow Stump."

Later, a registered post office named "Griffen's Creek" was established by the Postmaster General. Major Jacob Forney Dailey of North Carolina came to Alabama in 1848 and bought land from the Prices family. History states the Prices were believed to be the first landowners here. Major Dailey named the area "Cross Plains".

An official post-office was named "Cross Plains" on September 22, 1851. For a few months the office was discontinued in 1869. In 1870 the name was changed to "Patona." But on June 7, 1870, the name was changed back to "Cross Plains." The name "Patona" was found to be most undesirable.

On July 30, 1888, the Postal Department renamed the office "Piedmont". The name Piedmont—meaning 'Foot of the Mountains'—was pleasing to the people who enjoyed being nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain range and surrounded by the scenic beauty.

“Why Piedmont?:”

The City of Piedmont offers amazing economical and recreational opportunities for all who live and visit here! The city is a great place to work, to live, and to play, possesses prime real estate, and has the infrastructure necessary for industrial and commercial growth. It is also home to the Chief Ladiga Trail!

The Chief Ladiga Trail:

The Chief Ladiga Trail is a recreational trail where the former Seaboard/CSX Railroad was converted into a recreational bike and walking trail. This family-oriented pathway provides a safe, non-motorized way to travel, exercise, and relax while enjoying the outdoors.

In addition to the trail, Piedmont has beautiful wetlands, streams, forests, farmland, and a horizon filled with mountains that can be enjoyed all along the trail as well. The Chief Ladiga Trail – along with the Silver Comet Trail - stretch nearly 100 miles from Anniston, AL to Atlanta, GA. They are the longest paved trails in the United States.

Because projects like The Trail tend to increase tourism, benefit our businesses, and increase the quality of life for our local citizens, we here in Piedmont hope that you will enjoy and support the Chief Ladiga Trail for many years to come!