Fishing legend Tom Mann moved his lure manufacturing to Eufaula, Alabama in 1967. It was here that his business grew and he produced popular lures such as the jellyworm and “Little George”. From these simple lures Mann became a millionaire off his work. What once started as a kitchen table production grew to produce lures for around the world anglers.
When Lake Eufaula was created from the Walter F. George Dam in the late 1950s, Tom Mann who lived in nearby Enterprise would often spend time each week fishing the new lake. While he was in town he made deals with local marinas and stores to sell his bait. Mann then had workers living in his backyard in a barracks style building to accommodate the manufacturing demand for his products.
Mann soon moved from Enterprise to Eufaula, building a home on the lake. Also in the city he opened up his manufacturing facilities, upgrading from a backyard factory.
Today, Eufaula, Alabama is home to five leading lure manufacturers. Also the popular Humminbird depth finder was invented in the city.
This sign is free to visit and located in the middle of the boulevard on Broad Street near downtown.
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