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The Clanton Advertiser
1109 Seventh St. North
Clanton, AL 35046

(205) 755-5747
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Geographic location
The county is located in the center of the state, on the growing Interstate 65 corridor between Birmingham and Montgomery. The county is within an hour's drive from Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Selma and the state capital of Montgomery.

Population
Chilton County : 42,971

Market
The economy of the Clanton and Chilton County area is diverse and enjoys relatively low unemployment. It is a commuter county to jobs in the nearby Birmingham and Montgomery markets.

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.

History
Chilton County was formed in 1868 as Baker County, with the named changed to Chilton County three years later in honor of William Parish Chilton, a chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

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.

Climate
Chilton County experiences a typical Southern climate with warm, humid summers and mild winters.

Education
A total of six high schools (with multiple feeder schools) are located in Chilton County. There is also a career technical school and a private Christian academy. The University of Montevallo is within a 30-minute drive; the University of Alabama at Birmingham is within an hour's distance; and the University of Alabama and Auburn University are both within 90 miles of the count

Recreation
The area is known for its excellent hunting, fishing, and boating opportunities, as well as two major dams. There is a county YMCA and a nine-hole golf course, as well as Minooka Park, knowing for ATV riding, hiking and fishing. A number of antique shops are in the area. Chilton County is famous for its peach stands, peach ice cream, and U-pick farms, which attracts a number of tourists.

Area information
Chilton County Chamber of Commerce
(205) 755-2400
chiltoncountychamber.com
e-mail to cccoc@scott.net

 

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