Historic Alabama: An early newspaper

Fairhope's newspaper was founded in 1894, predating the Fairhope Single Tax Colony


In this undated photo from the 1930s or 1940s, some staff are working at the printing press of the Fairhope Courier. The newspaper was founded in 1894, almost 15 years before the incorporation of Fairhope, by E.B. Gaston. At the same time, he led a group who established the Fairhope Single Tax Colony. Now the Fairhope Single Tax Corporation, it’s one of only two single-tax colonies, along with one in Delaware, remaining in the U.S., according to fairhopesingletax.com. The not-for-profit corporation owns about 4,500 acres of land in and around Fairhope, according to the website.

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This photo appears in the May 2023 issue of Business Alabama.

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