If you find yourself on traveling on Hwy 72 through Paint Rock in Jackson County, stop and say high to Roy Whitaker at the Railroad Store.
PAINT ROCK, Alabama – In the valley between the Cumberland and Keel mountains, among the sounds of frogs croaking by the Paint Rock River, is the only sign of a retail business in Paint Rock.
It is known as The Railroad Store. There are no trains in the store, but there is a good reason for the name.
As the 10:50 a.m. locomotive passes, thundering just behind the east end of the store, Roy Whitaker pauses for his almost hourly interruption.