| Sunday, December 21, 2014
The Brewton Standard
"Once upon a time, Brewton was known as the richest little town in the South. Brewton's high per capita income was created by a small number of "Lumber Barons," as they are remembered, who arrived at the end of the last century to cut pine and stayed to build extraordinary homes along Belleville and Evergreen avenues.
"They were generous people, and their descendants have carried on the tradition, funding many public improvements over the years -- like the YMCA building, schools and parks. Sharing the wealth has been good for business, too. Like many communities, Brewton tries to attract new manufacturers to town by putting up buildings on speculation -- simple, all-purpose structures, ready for occupancy by a new Brewton employer, who buys the building on favorable terms."
Of course, football is one of the hottest attractions in the fall, and when the T.R. Miller Tigers of Brewton take on the W.S. Neal Blue Eagles from East Brewton, the clash is called the Battle of Murder Creek.
As the holiday season begins, Brewton celebrates with special downtown events, a Christmas parade, and, on New Year's Eve, a giant Blueberry Drop.
TR Miller Mill; Jefferson Smurfit; Citation Corporation; Natural Decorations, Inc.; Frit Car & Equipment; Brewton Iron Works; Smackco LTD; McPherson Archery; International Plastics; Nutex Manufacturing; New South Apparel
Jefferson Davis Community College is a focal point of the community, providing academic and technical programs. The college's 1,000-seat Patterson Auditorium is home to many community events.
When the Alabama and Florida Railroad came through the area in the spring of 1861, a new station was built and named "Newport" by the railroad officials.
This name was possibly chosen because the settlement was a new port along the two creeks. Shortly thereafter, "Brewton" became the commonly used title in honor of the first depot agent, Edmund Troupe Brewton.
Interesting tidbit: For the first three decades of the 20th century, Brewton had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the United States
Brewton City School System
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