freight businesses are enjoying increasing economic successes in the Andalusia
area. Rail service for commercial transport is also available in the area.
At the modern Andalusia-Opp Airport, located east of Andalusia on U.S.
Highway 84, aircraft can land on the 5,000 foot, instrument-equipped runway
which is capable of supporting general business aircraft.
offers charter service, air ambulance, aircraft maintenance and fuel,
and includes a heliport with a state-of-the-art hot refueling facility,
which allows helicopters to refuel with their engines running.
primarily pine and hardwood, are abundant in the Andalusia area. Timber-related
industries are among Covington County's major employers and highest yeild
industries. Other major industries in Andalusia include garment, carpet
yarn manufacturing and packaging.
agricultural products in the area are peanuts, pecans, fruits, vegetables,
cattle, poultry, hogs, cotton, wheat and soybeans. The Andalusia Industrial
Park containes more than 200 industry-zoned acres, and the Andalusia-Opp
Airport property includes a 165-acre industrial park especially attractive
to aircraft-related industries.
Centrally located in South Alabama, just 32 miles off Interstate 65 and
45 miles off Interstate 10, Andalusia is easily accessible. Andalusia
is located in Covington County.
Andalusia - 8,907
Covington County - 37,631
Andalusia's residents enjoy a pleasant year-round climate, with long summers,
mild winters and an average annual temperature of 66 degrees. Rainfall
averages 55.7 inches per year.
Timber-related industries are among Covington County's major employers
and highest yeild industries. Other major industries in Andalusia include
garment, carpet yarn manufacturing and packaging.
The Covington County School System is a public school system located in
South Central Alabama with a total K-12 enrollment of approximately 3,300
students. The Covington County School System operates elementary, middle,
and high schools at eight locations in the outlying areas of rural Alabama.
B. Wallace Junior College. The Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center,
located near Andalusia in the heart of Alabama's timber country, provides
unique opportunities for forestry and wildlife research.
was designed to house Auburn University's summer forestry education programs.
It includes dormitories, dining facilities, an auditorium and classrooms
to accommodate up to 120 students. Students attending the summer program
learn about a wide range of forestry management situations.
"Andalusia is the proud home of the famousWorld Championship Domino Tournament
and the Covington County Fair. It boasts the Solon and Martha Dixon Center
for the Performing arts. The Covington Arts Council, the Andalusia Ballet
Association and LBW College host cultural performances by both professional
and local musicians and dancers in the Dixon Center. "
The beauty of the 83,000-acre Conecuh National Forest, located southwest
of Andalusia, with its tall trees, crystal clear spring-fed lakes and
clean fresh air entices Andalusia residents and visitors to the area.
Blue Lake and Open Pond, both located in the National Forest, provide
swimming, hiking, camping and picnicking opportunities and fishing. North
of Andalusia, the 2,700-acre Gantt Lake and the 700-acre Point A Lake
offer fishing, boating and water sports, and Point A Park has camping
and picnicking facilities.
On the Campus
of LBW College in Andalusia, golfers enjoy playing the nine -hole public
golf course, and walkers stroll along the beautiful nature trail, a walker's
paradise. Looking for other outdoor fun? Play in Andalusia's eight recreation
parks and on it 20 tennis courts. Or bring your team to one of Andalusia's
18 ball fields.
in Andalusia, breathe deeply of the clean, fresh air. Since Andalusia's
businesses and industries help keep our air pure, no smog will block your
view as you watch the squirrels scurry along. Game in the wildlife management
areas near Andalusia make the city popular to hunters. Dove, quail, turkey
and deer are abundant in the area.
Andalusia was originally named Montezuma but was later changed to Andalusia
after moving due to health problems that citizens suffered from living
in a flood plane. Citizens moved to higher ground, which is where Andalusia
is now located. Historians aren't certain where the name Andalusia came
from but the most popular rumor is that a Spanish officer became separated
from his regiment while traveling in the Northwest Florida region. He
was captured by indians, in what is now Andalusia, and forced to trade
his horse because the Indian braves were so captivated by the beauty of
it. They wanted to give it their chief, Red Eagle, as a present. The Spanish
officer agreed and he told them that the breed of the horse was an Andalusian,
Spanish for To Walk Easy.
County has had a total of five different court houses if you count the
first in Montezuma. The courthouse prior to the existing courthouse is
rumored to have been burned due to some shady land deals and a probate
judge at that time mysteriously died from food poisoning.
Andalusia Chamber of Commerce
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