Zip City, Alabama

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Zip City
Unincorporated community
Zip City is located in Alabama
Zip City
Zip City
Zip City's location in Alabama.
Coordinates: 34°57′17″N 087°40′12″W / 34.95472°N 87.67000°W / 34.95472; -87.67000Coordinates: 34°57′17″N 087°40′12″W / 34.95472°N 87.67000°W / 34.95472; -87.67000[1]
Country  United States
State  Alabama
County Lauderdale
Elevation[1] 222 m (728 ft)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP 35633
Area code(s) 256 and 938

Zip City is a small unincorporated community in Lauderdale County in the northern part of the U.S. state of Alabama, at the intersection of Alabama Highway 17 and County Road 8. Zip City falls within the U.S. Central Time Zone. It is part of the Florence - Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Statistical Area known as "The Shoals".


The first non-indigenous settlement was made at Zip City in 1817.[2] Zip City received its unusual name from the fact drivers would "zip" through town heading towards the Tennessee state line, where they could buy alcohol.[3] The name dates from the 1920s.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

Zip City, of late, has been popularized by the Drive-By Truckers song of the same name. The song was penned by the Truckers' co-founder, Mike Cooley, (a longtime resident of the area) in 2001. The song appeared on the Truckers' 2002 release, Southern Rock Opera.

Said the band's other co-founder, Patterson Hood, of the song:

"Cooley wrote this one and should be the one explaining it. I do know that it is at least 90% true and is my personal favorite song on the album."

While interviewing the band in 2002, David Dye of the radio program "The World Cafe" had this to say about the song:

"People around the country call the radio stations that carry this show and say this Album (Southern Rock Opera) is their life, and "Zip City" is most certainly one I get that from."[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Zip City". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  2. ^ Gallant, Frank K. (2012). A Place Called Peculiar: Stories about Unusual American Place-Names. Courier Dover Publications. p. 6. 
  3. ^ "Unusual names have unusual origins". The Tuscaloosa News. September 4, 1990. pp. 6A. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "What's the origin of your town's name?". Times Daily. June 3, 2006. pp. 4A. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

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