Brundidge, Alabama

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Brundidge
City
Alabama's Own Antique City
Alabama's Own Antique City
Location in Pike County and the state of Alabama
Location in Pike County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 31°43′9″N 85°49′5″W / 31.71917°N 85.81806°W / 31.71917; -85.81806
Country United States
State Alabama
County Pike
Government
 • Mayor James T. Ramage, III
Area
 • Total 9.7 sq mi (25.2 km2)
 • Land 9.7 sq mi (25.1 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 472 ft (144 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,341
 • Density 241.3/sq mi (92.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 36010
Area code(s) 334
FIPS code 01-10240
GNIS feature ID 0115032
Website http://www.brundidge.org/

Brundidge is the second-largest city in Pike County, Alabama, USA. The population was 2,341 at the 2000 census.

The city was once a major producer of peanut butter. Brundidge holds a Peanut Butter Festival during the last Saturday of each October, which includes live music, a recipe contest, and a parade.

The city has a large number of antique stores in its historic downtown.

History[edit]

Brundidge Post Office
Downtown Brundidge
One of the murals in downtown Brundidge

The town was founded prior to the Civil War by George C. Collier, who established a trading post and saloon. First called "Collier's Store", the town changed its name around 1854 to honor James M. Brundidge, a prominent citizen and founder of the local Masonic lodge.

During the Civil War, men from Pike County joined "Company F", the "Brundidge Guards", of the 15th Regiment Alabama Infantry.

Brundidge grew as an agricultural center after the war. A depot of the newly constructed Alabama Midland Railway was established in Brundidge in 1889. Several hotels and businesses followed. Passenger trains such as the South Wind once passed. The railway line is now the Dothan Subdivision, used for freight operations by CSX Transportation.

Brundidge incorporated in 1893. In 1900, the Brundidge Banking Company opened, followed by the First National Bank in 1904. Brundidge has had three newspapers: the Brundidge News began publication in 1893, the Brundidge Sentinel began in 1926, and the Brundidge Banner in 1962. All have ceased publication.

In the 1920s, Brundidge native J.D. Johnston opened a peanut butter mill, and his Johnson Oil Company was soon shipping more than two million jars per year. The company also produced velvet bread and mayonnaise, and operated warehouses, gins, and an ice plant.

The business has ceased operation. The old Johnston Mill and General Store has been adapted as a museum. The mill, as well as the Lightfoot House in Brundidge, are both listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.[1][2]

Geography[edit]

Brundidge is located at 31°43′9″N 85°49′5″W / 31.71917°N 85.81806°W / 31.71917; -85.81806 (31.719218, -85.818119).[3]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.7 square miles (25 km2), of which 9.7 square miles (25 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.31%) is water.

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Brundidge has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. [4]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,341 people, 1,014 households, and 652 families residing in the city. The population density was 241.2 people per square mile (93.2/km2). There were 1,192 housing units at an average density of 122.8 per square mile (47.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 63.52% Black or African American, 33.40% White, 0.51% Native American, 0.26% Asian, and 2.31% from two or more races. 0.81% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,014 households out of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.7% were married couples living together, 24.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 19.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 82.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $16,774, and the median income for a family was $19,531. Males had a median income of $25,720 versus $16,358 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,357. About 31.6% of families and 35.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 51.0% of those under age 18 and 37.0% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

A Walmart distribution center is located west of the city along U.S. Route 231. It is the area's largest employer, employing about 800 people.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

Brundidge Public Schools are part of the Pike County School District. Schools in the district include Goshen Elementary School, Pike County Elementary School, Banks Middle School, Goshen High School, Pike County High School and the Troy-Pike Center for Technology.

Pike County Elementary School and Pike County High School are located in Brundidge.

Dr. Mark Bazzell is the Superintendent of Schools.[6]

Infrastructure[edit]

U.S. Route 231 passes west of the city, and Alabama State Route 93 and Alabama State Route 10 bisect the center of Brundidge.

The Brundidge Municipal Airport is now closed. The nearest airport is Troy Municipal Airport.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pike County High School Creative Writing Class 2010 (August 7, 2012). "Brundidge". Encyclopedia of Alabama. 
  2. ^ "Johnston Mill Museum". Brundidge Historical Society. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Brundidge, Alabama
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Pike County Schools". Pike County Schools. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 31°43′09″N 85°49′05″W / 31.719218°N 85.818119°W / 31.719218; -85.818119