Atmore: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going

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Where We’ve Been

What started as a small settlement has grown into the largest city in Escambia County. The city of Atmore began with an entrepreneur named William Larkin Williams who opened a supply facility that would eventually turn into a warm and lively town.

By 1866 the area had a name—Williams Station, named after the man who started it all. The settlement around his supply facility grew slowly and steadily until 1886 when a man named William Marshall Carney sparked exponential growth by building a sawmill. At this point, the total population was 195, and Williams Station saw its first polling place. Ten years later, the town had grown so much in size that it was renamed after the ticket agent of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad that connected Atmore to Mobile. This man’s name was C.P. Atmore.

The lumber and turpentine industries grew with the population and became a central part of the local economy. By 1911, Atmore was incorporated, had its first telephone company established, and had its own water system. During this time, the first electric generator was installed by the W.M. Carney Light Company, which would later become a part of Alabama Power Company.

The city of Atmore soon became an agricultural center in the early parts of the twentieth century, with cotton, corn, and potatoes being the dominant crops. Eventually, cotton was replaced with soybeans and wheat as the major cash crops.

Today Atmore is essentially a manufacturing town, with about 18% of its population employed in the industry. It’s also home to the only federally recognized tribe of indigenous peoples in the state of Alabama—the Creek Indians—and hosts their government headquarters as well as the Wind Creek Casino.

Where We’re Going

There’s been a recent mood shift in the city of Atmore. Thanks to our passionate citizens and visionary leadership, Atmore is poised for revitalization. The town is more determined than ever to resurrect the historic Strand Theater and to begin filling up the empty storefronts throughout downtown. This redevelopment will attract the next generation of workers, as well as keep our current citizens happy.

50 miles north of Mobile and Pensacola, the city plans to provide its own special amenities to attract a skilled workforce, local and regional businesses and higher paying jobs. Through these steps toward revitalization, Atmore has proven its dedication to enhancing the quality of life for everyone.

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