County is 718 square miles. Alexander City located only 78 miles southeast
of Birmingham, 55 miles northeast of Montgomery, 123 miles southwest of
Atlanta, and 70 miles northwest of Columbus, Ga. U.S. Highway 280 runs
through Alexander City connecting cities from Birmingham to Savannah,
Ga., and Interstate highways 85 and 65 are less than an hour away.
Tallapoosa County: 41,475
Alexander City: approximately 16,000
area population: approximately 125,000.
Mostly industrial, with some timber and retail, and tourism with
Alexander City is home to Russell Corp., a 100-year-old textile and apparel
company specializing in athletic and sportswear. Russell is a major
international company with corporate offices in Alexander City, where it was
founded, and in Atlanta. Russell makes apparel sold in major retailers
throughout the U.S. and also makes uniforms for a number of college and pro
teams. Other industries include Avondale Mills, a textile company, and
Robinson Iron, a family-owned foundry known internationally for its
outstanding ironwork. The second largest employer besides Russell, which
employs about 5,500 people in Alexander City, is Russell Medical Center. One
of the biggest economic assets in the market is Russell Lands, the largest
recreational developer in Alabama. Russell Lands has created more than a
dozen lake neighborhoods on its 25,000 acres of land holdings around Lake
Martin. The company also operates four marinas and number of Russell Do-It
and Home Décor centers. In addition, Russell Lands manages the Lake Martin
Amphitheater for outdoor concerts on the lake and the not-for-profit
Children?s Harbor, which works to strengthen children and families though a
variety of programs.
Alexander City was the site of one of the early towns of the Tuckabatche,
a tribe of the Creek Confederacy. Founded originally as Youngsville, Alexander
City was renamed after the Savannah to Memphis Railway was routed through
Youngsville in 1873. The railway president was Gen. E.P. Alexander.
Alexander City typically experiences hot summers and mild winters.
Tallapoosa County has two school systems, the Tallapoosa County School
System and the smaller Alexander City School System, which share the Tallapoosa-Alexander
City Vocational School, which offers focused instruction in several career
clusters. Central Alabama Community College provides a two-year college
education to more than 1200 students. The college also offers continuing
education courses, and a new Textile and Apparel Technology Center is
housed on campus.
Annual Alexander City Jazz Festival every June; Oktoberfest; Homestead
Festival in downtown Alexander City each April; Alexander City Arts Inc.
events throughout the year; Sarah Carlisle Towery Art Colony on Lake Martin.
Lake Martin, with 750 miles of shoreline and 44,000 acres of water, much
of which is in Tallapoosa County, is one of the United StatesŐ largest
man-made lakes. The Charles E. Bailey Sr. Sportplex has a football stadium
equal to that of a small college. There are also soccer and softball fields,
a horse riding arena, gymnasium, swimming pool, picnic area and the Imagination
Alexander City Chamber of Commerce
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