Vinegar Bend is an unincorporated census-designated place in Washington County, Alabama. Vinegar Bend is 15 miles (24 km) south-southwest of Chatom. As of the 2010 census, its population was 192. Vinegar Bend had a post office with ZIP code 36584 until it was closed July 1, 2010. When the bridge on the "main" road into Vinegar Bend was closed for repairs, the USPS closed the post office for good.
Vinegar Bend received its name when a container holding vinegar burst at the freight station near the river's bend. It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.
Wilmer "Vinegar Bend" Mizell, Major League Baseball pitcher and U.S. Congressman from North Carolina, was born across the state line in Mississippi but the family's residence was on the Vinegar Bend, AL mail route therefore Vinegar Bend was recorded as his birthplace and he was nicknamed for the community
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