Clanton, Alabama

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Clanton, Alabama
City
Location in Chilton County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 32°50′23″N 86°37′41″W / 32.83972°N 86.62806°W / 32.83972; -86.62806Coordinates: 32°50′23″N 86°37′41″W / 32.83972°N 86.62806°W / 32.83972; -86.62806
Country United States
State Alabama
County Chilton
Incorporated April 23, 1873
Named for General James H. Clanton [1]
Government
 • Type Council/Mayor
 • Mayor Billie Joe Driver
Area
 • Total 20.3 sq mi (52.7 km2)
 • Land 20.3 sq mi (52.6 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 600 ft (183 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 8,619
 • Density 384.2/sq mi (148/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35045-35046
Area code(s) 205
FIPS code 01-15136
GNIS feature ID 0157918

Clanton is a city in Chilton County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 8,619.[2] The city is the county seat of Chilton County.

History[change | edit source]

The town was founded by Alfred Baker in 1868, when Chilton County was formed. Clanton was named in honor of General James H. Clanton, a brigadier in the Confederate States Army. It was incorporated on April 23, 1873. Baker was also elected first mayor of the town.[1]

Early Civil Rights activist Ida B. Wells made a photographic postcard showing an 1891 lynching in Clanton. This was to educate the white public of the atrocities committed against blacks.[3]

During World War II, a small German Prisoner of War camp was located in Clanton.[4]

Geography[change | edit source]

Clanton is located at 32°50'23.316" North, 86°37'41.477" West (32.839810, -86.628188)[5].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.4 square miles (53 km2). 20.3 square miles (53 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.15%) is water.[6]

Government[change | edit source]

Clanton is governed by the mayor-council system. The mayor is elected in a citywide vote. The city council has five members elected from one of five wards.

Economy[change | edit source]

Over 80% of Alabama's peach crop comes from Chilton County.[7]

Education[change | edit source]

The Chilton County School System provides public education for Clanton. Students in Clanton may attend any public school in Chilton County.[8]

High Schools[change | edit source]

  • Chilton County High School (Grades 9 through 12)
  • LeCroy Technical Center (Grades 10 through 12)

Middle School[change | edit source]

Clanton Middle School (Grades 6 through 8)

Elementary Schools[change | edit source]

  • Clanton Intermediate School (Grades 3 through 5)
  • Clanton Elementary School (Grades K through 2)

Media[change | edit source]

Newspaper[change | edit source]

  • The Clanton Advertiser (daily)

Culture and recreation[change | edit source]

Clanton has hosted the annual Chilton County Peach Festival since 1952.[7]

Notable residents[change | edit source]

References[change | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Owen, Thomas McAdory; Marie Bankhead Owen (1921). History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography. Harvard University: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company. pp. 716. http://books.google.com/books.
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  3. Wood, Amy Louise (2009). Lynching and spectacle: witnessing racial violence in America, 1890-1940. University of North Carolina Press. p. 186. ISBN 978-0-8078-3254-7. http://books.google.com/books?id=txZ8PZRsk0YC. Retrieved 2010-06-22. LCCN 2008-5194
  4. Hutchinson, Daniel (October 6, 2009). "World War II POW Camps in Alabama". Encyclopedia of Alabama. http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-1418. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  5. "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. "Geographic Comparison Table- Alabama". American Fact Finder. United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/GCTTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=04000US01&-_box_head_nbr=GCT-PH1&-ds_name=DEC_2000_SF1_U&-format=ST-7. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Hoskins Morton, Patricia (December 10, 2009). "Chilton County". Encyclopedia of Alabama. http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-1307. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  8. "Education Opportunities". City of Clanton. http://www.clanton.al.us/education.html. Retrieved 13 January 2010.[dead link]
  9. Staff Reports, Atcheson plays 10th Carnegie Hall concert, November 17, 2010, "The Clanton Advertiser", Retrieved November 18, 2010
  10. 10.0 10.1 Reichler, Joseph L., ed. (1979) [1969]. The Baseball Encyclopedia (4th edition ed.). New York: Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 0-02-578970-8.
  11. Jarrod Patterson, http://www.thebaseballcube.com/profile.asp?P=/jarrod-patterson.shtml, retrieved 23 May 2011
  12. Scott Mims, Local stars in Spielberg series, returns to ‘Hannah Montana’, August 20, 2010, "The Clanton Advertiser", October 27, 2010
  13. Carlton, Bob (March 21, 2010). "Clanton's Grayson Russell fits in feature films amid regular kid activities". The Birmingham News (Birmingham, Alabama: Alabama Live LLC.). http://blog.al.com/bob-carlton/2010/03/clantons_grayson_russell_fits.html. Retrieved 25 March 2010.