Alabaster, Alabama

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Alabaster, Alabama
City
Location of Alabaster in Shelby County, Alabama.
Location of Alabaster in Shelby County, Alabama.
Alabaster, Alabama is located in the US
Alabaster, Alabama
Alabaster, Alabama
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 33°13′52″N 86°49′25″W / 33.23111°N 86.82361°W / 33.23111; -86.82361
Country United States
State Alabama
County Shelby
Government
 • Mayor Marty Handlon
Area[1]
 • Total 25.44 sq mi (65.88 km2)
 • Land 25.13 sq mi (65.08 km2)
 • Water 0.31 sq mi (0.81 km2)
Elevation 502 ft (153 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 30,352
 • Estimate (2016) 32,948
 • Density 1,311.26/sq mi (506.28/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35007, 35114
Area code(s) 205
FIPS code 01-00820
Website http://www.cityofalabaster.com

Alabaster is a city and southern suburb of Birmingham in Shelby County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 22,619. According to the 2005 U.S. Census estimates, the city had a population of 27,517.[3]

Location[change | change source]

Alabaster is located at 33°13′52″N 86°49′26″W / 33.23111°N 86.82389°W / 33.23111; -86.82389 (33.231162, -86.823829)[4].

The city has a total area of 20.6 square miles (53.2 km²). 20.5 square miles (53.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.24%) is water.

History[change | change source]

Shelby County, which is the geographical center of Alabama, was created on 7 February 1818 by an act of the Alabama Territorial General Assembly. The county was named for Isaac Shelby. He was a hero of the King's Mountain Battle during the American Revolutionary War. Alabama gained statehood on 14 December 1819.

Many of the first settlers came from South Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Many came to this region after the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814. The 1820 census records say that Shelby County contained 2,492 people at that time, 2,044 whites and 448 Africans.

U.S. Highway 31 was a two-lane highway at that time. Because it was the main artery from Birmingham to Montgomery, the highway played an important part in the growth of the community.

George L. Scott, Sr. was an Alabaster pioneer. He owned and operated Alabaster Lime Co. His shipping point, which was named after him, was known as “Scott Rock”. Later, houses were built for his employees to live in. These houses became a community. It got its name from alabaster, a white chalky mineral. The First Bank of Alabaster opened in 1952. Its president was George L. Scott, Jr. He later became the first mayor of Alabaster. The first attempt in 1952 to incorporate Alabaster failed. In January 1953 the petition was filed again. On 23 February 1953, Alabaster was officially incorporated. There were 427 people living there. Other Alabaster pioneers were Kenton B. Nickerson and William J. Maxwell. In 1955, the Alabaster Water and Gas Board was formed. Alabaster merged with the adjoining city of Siluria, Alabama April 27, 1971.[5]

Today, Shelby County is the fastest-growing county in Alabama.

References[change | change source]

  1. "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 17, 2017. 
  2. "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  3. "Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places in Alabama" (CSV). 2005 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. June 21, 2006. Retrieved 9 November 2006. 
  4. "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. "History of Shelby County". ALGenWeb: Shelby County. Retrieved on 2008-05-21.

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