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Owens Cross Roads

Christopher Maloney, Auburn University
Owens Cross Roads is in located in Madison County in northeast Alabama. It has a mayor/city council form of government. Renowned equestrian painter Edward Troye (1808-1874) owned a farm at Owens Cross Roads in the early 1870s.


Owens Cross Roads, named for the Owens family of settlers, had appearedwas listed on maps by 1850. A post office was established around 1861. The economy in the area, much like the rest of the Tennessee Valley, was based on cotton cultivation and production until the boll weevil infestation forced crop diversification in the 1920s and 1930s. The population of the town in 1900 was 1,073 and had increased to 1,377 by 1940. A first through ninth grade school was constructed in 1949. Owens Cross Roads was incorporated in 1967.


The population in Owens Cross Roads at the time of the 2010 Census was 1,521. Of that number, 91.5 percent reported itself as white, 3.6 percent as African American, 3.0 percent as two or more races, 2.2 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 1.0 percent as American Indian and Alaskan Native, and 0.3 percent as Asian. The median household income according to 2012 Census estimates is $43,674 and per capita income is $21,311.


According to 2012 Census estimates, the Owens Cross Roads workforce was divided among the following major industrial categories:
· Manufacturing (16.1 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (15.1   percent)
· Other services, except public administration (14.1 percent)
· Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and   waste management services (9.8 percent)
· Retail trade (9.7 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food   services (9.3 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (6.6 percent)
· Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (5.9   percent)
· Construction (5.5 percent)
· Public administration (5.0 percent)
· Wholesale trade (1.2 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (1.0 percent)
· Information (0.7 percent)

Public education in Owens Cross Roads is administered by Madison County, which oversees one elementary school that enrolls approximately 340 students and employs approximately 25 educators.


U.S Highway 431/ and State Highway 1 run north-south through Owens Cross Roads. It The town lies about 15 miles south of Moontown Airport and about 21 miles north of Joe Starnes Field.
Events and Places of Interest

The town's proximity to Huntsville provides numerous cultural and recreational opportunities. Listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in or near the town are the Owens Cross Roads Church of Christ (ca. 1933), which has been demolished, the nearby Pioneer Log Cabin (ca. early nineteenth century), and the Cherokee Indian School House Land (ca. 1800s).
Published:  July 1, 2014   |   Last updated:  May 27, 2015