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Late Governor "Big" Jim Folsom's Childhood Home

Five years ago, the Elba birth place of the the late Governor "Big" Jim Folsom was moved downtown following an arson attempt by several teenagers.

Thursday, the Alabama Historical Commission has listed the wooden structure as one of the most endangered sites on its record.

It's now located adjacent to the old Coffee County Jail.

A century ago, Folsom was born in the house in 1908. Folsom served as Alabama's governor in the 1940's and 50's. He's the only governor to come from Coffee County.

Being placed on the endangered list may generate local support needed for applying for grants to do an extensive renovation of the 19th century farm house.


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