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Kellyton

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Kellyton is located in eastern Coosa County in the east-central part of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government. Justin Tuck, who played in the National Football League and won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants, was born and raised in Kellyton.
History
The area known today known as Kellyton was originally an outpost called Webbsville, named for the area's first postmaster, William Webb. In 1874, the name was changed to Kellyton in honor of James Kelly, a prominent local physician. The town began to expand quickly after a branch line of the Central of Georgia Railroad was built through the area in 1880. Kellyton reached its economic zenith in the early 1920s. The abundance of timber in the area, as well as access to the rail line, led to the establishment of many small sawmills as well as a turpentine distillery. Other major businesses included grist mills and a tanning yard. In later years, Kellyton residents found employment at nearby textile mills, which were open in the area as late as 1999. The town has tended to expand toward U.S. Highway 280, the main route in the area. Kellyton incorporated in 2001.
Demographics
Kellyton's population according to the 2010 Census was 217. Of that number, 68.2 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 19.8 percent as African American, 11.5 percent as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.8 percent as two or more races. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $17,315, and the per capita income was $13,326.
Employment
According to the 2010 Census, the workforce in Kellyton was divided among the following occupational categories:
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (23.7 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (22.8 percent)
· Manufacturing (17.5 percent)
· Construction (15.8 percent)
· Retail trade (6.1 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (6.1 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (3.5   percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (2.6 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (1.8 percent)
Education
Students in Kellyton attend Coosa County schools; no public schools are located within the town limits.
Transportation
U.S. Highway 280 runs through the southern town limits of Kellyton, going northwest-southeast. County Road 115 bisects the town running northeast-southwest. The Norfolk Southern Corporation operates a rail line through Kellyton.
Events and Places of Interest
The McClendon-Mayfield House (ca. 1851) is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage. Though located in Tallapoosa County, it is just north of Kellyton. The town is northwest of Lake Martin and about 16 miles from Wind Creek State Park and its numerous recreational opportunities.
Additional Resources
Brewer, George E. History of Coosa County. Wetumpka, Ala.: Wetumpka Printing Company, 1955.
Coosa County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Coosa County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1999.
Published:  August 31, 2016   |   Last updated:  August 31, 2016