| Friday, April 18, 2014
The Clanton Advertiser
The decision to put Interstate 65 through Chilton County decades ago spurred the creation of local jobs and economic growth. Two automotive supplier plants have opened in recent years, as well as a food distribution warehouse.
Agriculture still plays an important role in the county. About 3,000 acres of peach farms bring in between $5 million to $7 million a year for the county.
Clanton has a 60-bed hospital with 24-hour emergency care. CSX Railroad comes through the county, and the county airport is located in Clanton.
The county seat, Clanton, was named after Brigadier General James Holt Clanton. Nearby Lay Lake Dam and Mitchell Dam became Alabama Power's first two dams in the state, bringing economic improvements to the area. Immigrants played a part in starting the county's peach industry more than a century ago. Today, the peach industry is the number one industry in Chilton County, not only bringing fame to the county, but also millions of dollars to the local economy. The city of Clanton constructed a water tower in the form of a peach in 1993, becoming a landmark for travelers along Interstate 65.
One of the biggest events each year in Chilton County is the annual Peach Festival held in June. The festival, held in Clanton, crowns a new Peach Queen each year and also includes a Peach Parade and the Peach Jam Jubliee, a music concert and street fair.
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