Ashford, Alabama

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Ashford, Alabama
Town
Location in Houston County and the state of Alabama
Location in Houston County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 31°11′2″N 85°14′7″W / 31.18389°N 85.23528°W / 31.18389; -85.23528
Country United States
State Alabama
County Houston
Area
 • Total 6.1 sq mi (15.8 km2)
 • Land 6.1 sq mi (15.8 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 279 ft (85 m)
Population (2009)[1]
 • Total 2,100
 • Density 303.8/sq mi (117.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 36312
Area code(s) 334
FIPS code 01-02836
GNIS feature ID 0113251
Website www.ashfordcitygovernment.com

Ashford is a town[2] in Houston County, Alabama, United States. It is part of the Dothan, Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area. For most of its history, it was a center for naval store production, pulpwood harvesting, and cotton agriculture. The population was 1,853 at the 2000 census, at which time it was a city; according to 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the population was 1,932. [1]

Geography[edit]

Ashford is located at 31°11′3″N 85°14′7″W / 31.18417°N 85.23528°W / 31.18417; -85.23528 (31.184032, -85.235286)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 6.1 square miles (16 km2), of which, 6.1 square miles (16 km2) of it is land and 0.16% is water.

Government[edit]

Ashford's mayor is Jonathon Grecu and the city council consist of 5 members. Police Chief is Jim Stanley which he supervises 4 full-time police officers, the Fire Chief is Jimmy Posey. The fire department and rescue squad are all volunteers from the community.

Education[edit]

Ashford has 1 elementary school K-6 and 1 high school 7-12. The schools mascot is known as the yellow jackets. It also has 1 private school called Ashford Academy which is from grades K-12 and also has a daycare, the Headmaster of the school is Rebecca D. Baggett. Ashford Academy is known as the Falcons. Ashford Academy's football team won the Football State Championship in 1994.

Historical[edit]

Train Depot - In March 1888, the Alabama Midland Railway built a small depot of Victorian railroad architecture in Ashford to be a waystation along the Bainbridge-to-Montgomery route. The depot was the only building to survive the 1915 fire that destroyed the rest of the town. The original depot received additions at least twice—an enclosed warehouse and open loading dock were added to the east, followed by racially-segregated passenger waiting rooms on the west side. The depot faced two sidings that served for loading turpentine from the Adams Company still 1 block away, and pulpwood. Cotton bales, fertilizer, and a single sweet potato crop were loaded from both sidings. The depot changed hands as railroads consolidated. The Alabama Midland was absorbed by the Atlantic Coast Line which merged in the 1980s with Seaboard Air Line to form the Seaboard Coast Line. CSX bought Seaboard Coast Line after the Ashford Depot fell into disuse. Ashford depot fell into disrepair after it closed in 1978. In the 1980s, concerned citizens founded a preservation committee and received a grant to add a new roof to the building. This committee also placed the depot on the Alabama Register of Historical Places. It remained active into the 1990s. Former Mayor Bryan Alloway revived the depot preservation committee after his 2000 election. This committee will incorporate and seek tax-exempt status in 2005. It has received two US Department of Transportation grants ($850,000), two Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs grants ($290,000), and one Alabama Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) grant ($7500) to thoroughly renovate the depot. Construction began in Fall 2004. The Committee and Ashford City officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 17, 2005, to mark the end of Phase I of the reconstruction. Now the depot can be used for reunions, birthdays, and social events that the city might sponsor.

Demographics[edit]

2000 Census data[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,853 people, 763 households, and 527 families residing in the city. The population density was 303.9 people per square mile (117.3/km2). There were 877 housing units at an average density of 143.8 per square mile (55.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 71.45% White, 27.52% Black or African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.05% Asian, and 0.27% from two or more races. 1.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 763 households out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 83.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,444, and the median income for a family was $40,313. Males had a median income of $30,167 versus $22,286 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,135. About 11.3% of families and 16.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.5% of those under age 18 and 27.7% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 31°11′03″N 85°14′07″W / 31.184032°N 85.235286°W / 31.184032; -85.235286