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1 Little River Canyon National Preserve near Fort Payne;
2 Little River Canyon near Fort Payne, one of the nation's longest mountaintop rivers;
3 Its county seat is Fort Payne, and it is named after Major General Baron Johan DeKalb.
4 In 2005, a change in local laws enabled Fort Payne to become the only location in the county to allow the legal sale of alcohol.
5 Alabama is an American country and Southern rock band formed in Fort Payne, Alabama, in 1969.
6 Alabama was formed by guitarists Randy Owen and Jeff Cook, and bassist Teddy Gentry, three cousins born and raised near Fort Payne, Alabama, an area with strong country music roots.
7 The group borrowed $4,000 from a Fort Payne bank to record and release their own albums to sell at shows.
8 Alabama gave prominence to their hometown of Fort Payne, and also raised awareness for environmental issues.
9 Beginning in 1982 and continuing until 1997, Alabama sponsored the June Jam, a music festival in Fort Payne, which at its peak drew 60,000 fans and raised millions for local charities.
10 The group also held "Fan Appreciation Days," weekend events that included a golf tournament and a songwriters concert that raised money for charities in Fort Payne.
11 Beginning in eastern Birmingham, I-59 continues on its own northeast, passing by Gadsden and Fort Payne in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, before entering Georgia.
12 Between 2010 and 2014, a construction project called "Project 59" took place between Gadsden and Fort Payne.
13 (In nearby Fort Payne, which lies across the valley and at the foot of next-door Lookout Mountain, there is a historical sign marking the town as one of the starting points for the Trail of Tears, and also the area where Sequoyah lived, who developed the Cherokee alphabet.) During the times of slavery, Crossville, Sand Mountain and DeKalb County, where Crossville is located, were not major slave areas.
14 Fort Payne is a city in and county seat of DeKalb County, Alabama, United States.
15 In the 19th century, the site of Fort Payne was the location of Willstown, an important village of the Cherokee people.
16 By the 1860s, Fort Payne and the surrounding area were still sparsely settled.
17 In 1878 Fort Payne became the county seat, and in 1889 it was incorporated as a town.
18 With the completion of rail lines between Birmingham and Chattanooga, Fort Payne began to grow, as it was on the rail line.
19 In the late 1880s, Fort Payne experienced explosive growth as investors and workers from New England and the North flooded into the region to exploit coal and iron deposits discovered a few years earlier.
20 Many of the notable and historic buildings in Fort Payne date from this period of economic growth, including the state's oldest standing theater, the Fort Payne Opera House;
21 and the Fort Payne Depot Museum, formerly the passenger station for the present-day Norfolk Southern Railway.
22 Many of the Boom promoters left the region for Birmingham, and Fort Payne experienced a period of economic decline.
23 This was the beginning of decades of hosiery manufacture in Fort Payne.
24 By the beginning of the 21st century, the hosiery industry in Fort Payne employed over 7,000 people in more than 100 mills.
25 Many businesses in Fort Payne accused foreign manufacturers, particularly those from China, of engaging in dumping of socks below cost to force American companies out of the sock business.
26 By 2005, hosiery mill employment in Fort Payne had declined to around 5,500, and several mills had closed.
27 medical socks. Reacting more quickly to changes than at the end of the Boom, in the 1990s, business and civic leaders in Fort Payne began to take steps to diversify the city's economy.
28 Other large corporations with locations in Fort Payne include Heil Environmental Industries (a division of Dover Industries, manufacturing sanitation trucks);
29 Fort Payne houses the headquarters for the nearby Little River Canyon National Preserve, a 14,000-acre (57 km) National Park Service facility established by Congress in 1992.
30 Manitou Cave is also near Fort Payne.