Fort Payne, Alabama

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Fort Payne, Alabama
Aerial view of Fort Payne, Alabama (Lookout Mountain in background)
Aerial view of Fort Payne, Alabama
(Lookout Mountain in background)
Location in DeKalb County and the state of Alabama
Location in DeKalb County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: Coordinates: 34°27′13″N 85°42′23″W / 34.45361°N 85.70639°W / 34.45361; -85.70639
CountryUnited States
StateAlabama
CountyDeKalb
Government
 • TypeMayor-Council (5 members)
 • MayorBill Jordan (term ends 2012)
Area
 • Total56 sq mi (144.9 km2)
 • Land55.9 sq mi (144.7 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation
906 ft (276 m)
Population
 (2000)
 • Total12,938
 • Density231/sq mi (89.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
35967-35968
Area code(s)256
FIPS code01-27616
GNIS feature ID0150235

Fort Payne is a city in DeKalb County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census, the population was 12,938. The city is the county seat of DeKalb County. The city calls itself the "Official Sock Capital of the World."

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake occurred here in 2003.[1]

Local Attractions[change | change source]

Little River Canyon, just outside Fort Payne city limits.
National Park Service photo

Fort Payne has the headquarters for the nearby Little River Canyon National Preserve, a 14000 acre National Park Service facility. The canyon itself is at Lookout Mountain outside the city limits. Another attraction is DeSoto State Park, a smaller facility with a lodge, restaurant, cabins, and river access areas.

Education[change | change source]

Fort Payne is served by the Fort Payne City Schools system which includes:

  • Wills Valley Elementary (K-2)
  • Williams Avenue Elementary (3-4)
  • Fort Payne Middle School (5-8)
  • Fort Payne High School (9-12)

Fort Payne is also served by the Northeast Alabama Community College which is in Rainsville.

Health care[change | change source]

  • DeKalb Regional Medical Center- 134 bed facility

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Transportation[change | change source]

Notable natives and residents[change | change source]

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