Cottondale, Alabama

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Cottondale, Alabama
Unincorporated community
Cottondale, Alabama is located in Alabama
Cottondale, Alabama
Cottondale, Alabama
Coordinates: 33°11′22″N 87°27′06″W / 33.18944°N 87.45167°W / 33.18944; -87.45167Coordinates: 33°11′22″N 87°27′06″W / 33.18944°N 87.45167°W / 33.18944; -87.45167
Country United States
State Alabama
County Tuscaloosa
Elevation 344 ft (105 m)
 • Total 8,707
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35453
Area code(s) 205
GNIS feature ID 116690[1]

Cottondale is an unincorporated community in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, now encompassed in the eastern suburbs of Tuscaloosa.[1] The ZIP Code is 35453.[2] Alternative spellings include Cotton Dale, Kennedale, Kennidale and Konnidale.[1]

Cottondale was the site of cotton mills where the Knights of Labor had some success in organizing drives in the late 1880s; and where "Mother" Jones worked in 1904 while studying conditions for working women and children in the South.

"Little girls and boys, barefooted, walked up and down between the endless rows of spindles, reaching thin little hands into the machinery to repair snapped threads.... Tiny babies of six years old with faces of sixty did an eight-hour shift for ten cents a day.... The machines, built in the north, were built low for the hands of little children.[3]

Children's author Aileen Kilgore Henderson lives in Cottondale.


  1. ^ a b c "Cottondale". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ United States Postal Service (2012). "USPS - Look Up a ZIP Code". Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  3. ^ Nies, Judith. Nine women: portraits from the American radical tradition Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002; p. 112-13