The Info List - Prattville, Alabama

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Prattville is a city in Autauga and Elmore counties in the State of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 33,960. Nicknamed "The Fountain City" due to the many artesian wells in the area, Prattville is part of the Montgomery metropolitan statistical area and serves as the county seat of Autauga County.


1 History

1.1 Severe weather

2 Geography 3 Demographics 4 Education 5 Media 6 Recreation 7 Transportation 8 Historical markers

8.1 Happy Hollow

9 Notable people 10 Popular culture 11 Folklore 12 Gallery 13 References 14 External links

History[edit] Prattville was founded in 1839 by industrialist and architect Daniel Pratt. The area was largely inhabited by Native Americans and a few settlers when Pratt, a native of Temple, New Hampshire, first observed the Autauga Creek in the 1830s. He purchased approximately 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) from Joseph May at $21.00 an acre, and set out to build his manufacturing facilities and the town along the banks of Autauga Creek. The location was chosen because the creek could supply power to the cotton gin manufacturing equipment. The town became an industrial center and rapidly grew. In 1868, it was named the county seat for Autauga County.[4] Prattville contains several sites on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Daniel Pratt Historic District, Bell House and Buena Vista.[5] Severe weather[edit] On February 17, 2008, Prattville was hit by an F3 tornado which destroyed more than 45 homes and businesses and damaged over 700. Twenty-nine people were injured with no fatalities. Preliminary estimates put the damage at $85 million in insured and uninsured damages.[6] Geography[edit] Prattville is located at Coordinates: 32°27′44″N 86°27′41″W / 32.462235°N 86.461264°W / 32.462235; -86.461264 (32.462235, -86.461264).[7] According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 33.8 square miles (88 km2) of which 32.9 square miles (85 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (3.09%) is water.[8] Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1850 672

1870 1,346

1880 977


1890 724


1900 1,929


1910 2,222


1920 2,316


1930 2,331


1940 2,664


1950 4,385


1960 6,616


1970 13,116


1980 18,647


1990 19,587


2000 24,303


2010 33,960


Est. 2016 35,606 [3] 4.8%

U.S. Decennial Census[9] 2013 Estimate[10]

As of the census of 2010, there were 33,960 people, 12,711 households, and 9,305 families residing in Prattville. The population density was 1,033.6 inhabitants per square mile (399.1/km2). There were 13,541 housing units at an average density of 412.1 per square mile (159.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.5% White, 16.7% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.1% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. 3.1% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 12,711 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, 14/0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.12. In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 27.1% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.3 years. For every 100 females there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males. In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $45,728, and the median income for a family was $51,774. Males had a median income of $36,677 versus $22,978 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,832. 8.3% of the population and 6.4% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 9.3% of those under the age of 18 and 9.2% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. Education[edit] Prattville is part of the Autauga County School System[11] and has eight schools, including Prattville High School and the Autauga County Technology Center.[12] Prattville Christian Academy
Prattville Christian Academy
and Autauga Academy are private schools based in the city. East Memorial Christian Academy is located in an unincorporated area of Autauga County, near Prattville.[13] Media[edit] Prattville is part of the Montgomery television market. WOW!
(formerly Knology) and Charter provide cable television service. DirecTV
and Dish Network
Dish Network
provide direct broadcast satellite television including both local and national channels to area residents. The local radio station is WIQR 1410 AM, airing a sports radio format and featuring programming from Sporting News Radio. Prattville is also served by the twice-weekly Prattville Progress newspaper.[14] Recreation[edit] The city has become a popular golf destination, featuring the Capitol Hill golf courses (part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf
Trail). Its Senator Course hosted the Navistar (now Yokohama Tire) LPGA
Classic on the LPGA
Tour from 2007 through 2012 when Navistar ended its sponsorship. There was no LPGA
event at this course in 2013. The 2014 event, now known as the Yokohama Tire LPGA
Classic after its new sponsor, was scheduled for September 18–21. High Point Town Center is a large shopping center built in Prattville between 2007 and 2008. Transportation[edit] Major highways that pass through the city include:

I-65 US 31 US 82 SR 14

Prattville also has a small airport about 3.5 miles from downtown. Historical markers[edit] Happy Hollow[edit]

Historical Marker

Known for the signature hill that turns into a steep curve, located on present-day 6th Street, Happy Hollow was the center of African American life in Prattville in the 1950s. This marker was erected to honor the spirit of "equality" that resonated in Happy Hollow.[15] Notable people[edit]

Marlon Anderson, Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
player Evan Crawford, Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
player Bobby Jon Drinkard, contestant on Reality television
Reality television
shows Survivor: Palau and Survivor: Guatemala Bobby Greenwood, NFL offensive tackle Roman Harper, NFL player.[16] O. J. Howard, former Tight End for the Alabama
Crimson Tide. He was drafted 1st Round 19th Overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers C. M. Hazen, head coach for the University of Richmond football team from 1882 to 1888 Randy Hunt, former Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
catcher Wilson Pickett, R&B and soul singer and songwriter "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" Tommy Shaw, member of the band Styx Daniel Holcombe Thomas, chief judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
from 1966 to 1971 Trust Company, alternative rock/post-grunge band Kevin Turner, NFL player Ernie Wingard, pitcher for the St. Louis Browns
St. Louis Browns
from 1924 to 1927 Zac Woodfin, NFL player.

Popular culture[edit] Gabriel García Marquez
Gabriel García Marquez
mentions Prattville in his well-known work One Hundred Years of Solitude; Prattville is referred to as the original city of Jack Brown, the founder of the banana company.[17] Folklore[edit] A popular ghost-story known as "The Black Lady," inspired by deaths caused by poor working conditions in the nearby factories of downtown Prattville, is a popular phenomenon described by most as a black, ghastly figure that goes across the nearby dam during the night hours of 1 A.M to 4 A.M, and has been featured on the ghost hunting show, Deep South Paranormal. Prattville has additional ghost stories folklore sited by Digital Alabama: "[1]". Gallery[edit]

Autauga County Courthouse

Bell House

First United Methodist Church

Media related to Prattville, Alabama
at Wikimedia Commons References[edit]

^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 17, 2017.  ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-06-07.  ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.  ^ "Autauga County". Autauga County Heritage Association. Retrieved 21 December 2009.  ^ National Park Service
National Park Service
(2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.  ^ "Tornadoes touch down across Southeast: 29 people injured in Alabama town; 200 homes, 100 businesses damaged". MSNBC. Retrieved 25 January 2010.  ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.  ^ "US Gazetteer files 2013". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2014-02-05.  ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 7, 2014.  ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved June 7, 2014.  ^ "Autauga County Schools". Retrieved 21 December 2009.  ^ "Autauga County Technology Center". Retrieved 21 December 2009.  ^ "Home." East Memorial Christian Academy. Retrieved on August 3, 2013. "1320 Old Ridge Road Prattville, Alabama
36066" ^ "The Prattville Progress". The Prattville Progress. Retrieved 2009-09-19.  ^ http://www.archives.state.al.us/aha/markers/autauga.html ^ Benn, Alvin (February 28, 2010). "Prattville turns out to welcome Saints star home". Montgomery Advertiser. Archived from the original on August 13, 2014. Retrieved 2010-03-30.  ^ One Hundred Years of Solitude, page 124

External links[edit]


Official website

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Municipalities and communities of Autauga County, Alabama, United States

County seat: Prattville


Millbrook‡ Prattville‡


Autaugaville Billingsley


Marbury Pine Level

Unincorporated communities

Booth Evergreen Jones Kingston

Ghost town



‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

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Municipalities and communities of Elmore County, Alabama, United States

County seat: Wetumpka


Millbrook‡ Prattville‡ Tallassee‡ Wetumpka


Coosada Deatsville Eclectic Elmore


Blue Ridge Emerald Mountain Holtville Redland

Unincorporated communities

Burlington Equality‡ Kent Seman Titus


‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent