Re: Merrell Mountain, Grant, Marshall Co. AL
Excerpts from an article about Merrill Mountain, Marshall County, Alabama in the Advertiser-Gleam newspaper in Guntersville, Alabama by Betty Keller Morgan.
This excerpt can be found in the Heritage Book of Marshall County, Alabama.
Merrill Mountain is located in the north central part of Marshall County and the only entrance is a winding road from US 431. It is bordered by the Paint Rock and Tennessee Rivers on the north and west sides. The beautiful painted rocks overlooking the Tennessee River were called “Painted Bluff” by the Indians. Benjamin Merrill, a Cherokee accumulated over 2,000 acres on Merrill Reservation. There is a record of a school and store being there.
Folklore has the mountain of having been rampart with men of shady characters hanging out here as well as headless horseman riding around at the known Big Rock. Then, there is the tale of buried treasure from the Civil War period. This has brought cave exploring by the younger boys in trying to locate that pot of gold.
There are several homes on the mountain with the same problems as the earlier residents and that is an abundant water supply. Here is a place so tranquil and peaceful that most folks would say, “Could my environment have been like this?”
Since the above was written, there is an adequate supply of water on the mountain as of July 2004.