I’ve decided to come clean about Gihon Springs. None of us live there now, and it’s probably short of being a ghost town. Or a non-town. That is, it was never a real township. It is an unincorporated community, and my address was a “route” rather than a street.
As Mom said, “We moved with the jobs, but Jachin moved with us in our rich memory
bank. How fortunate we were to grow up in Jachin.”
Yes, the name of our town is Jachin. Jachin was one of the pillars of King Solomon’s temple. The other was named “Boaz,” another town in north Alabama took that name.
Jachin is located at the crossroads of Highway 17 and Alabama State Route 156, and Jachin Grocery set at the western x of those two intersecting roads. Butler, Alabama is the seat of our county, Choctaw County. According to the 2012 census, it has a population of less than 2000. It is almost 11 miles north of Jachin.
Meridian, MS is the nearest big town at almost an hour’s drive west of Jachin. Tuscaloosa is about 2 hours north, and Mobile is about 2 or 3 hours south.
Virtually nothing is to the east until you drive the 2 hours to Montgomery, our state capital.
When people used to ask me where I was from, I used to have to give these directions. Even people who lived 2 hours north in Tuscaloosa had never heard of it!
So there you have it, Everyone.