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Billingsley

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Billingsley is located in the north-central corner of Autauga County in the central part of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
History
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Billingsley initially was referred to as Cartersville after the W. W. Carter family (the first settlers in the area) established a grist mill, a lumber company, and a cotton gin in the area. By the time the settlement had grown enough to warrant an official name, however, the Carter family was no longer the largest family, having been surpassed by the Billingsley family. Therefore, the town was named in honor of Clement Billingsley, who had served in the Revolutionary War. Billingsley was one of several war veterans from Virginia who moved west to present-day Autauga County. Upon Billingsley's death in 1844, his assets, which included land, money, and enslaved African Americans, were divided among his children, thereby increasing the family's prominence in the county. Billingsley is buried in the Gaines Cemetery in the town.
By the 1880s, Billingsley had a mail stop on a stagecoach route. In 1898, a Montgomery branch of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad completed a line through town, bringing with it a construction and population boom. The town expanded enough to support six general stores among other businesses, and the local sawmill tripled its output. The town incorporated in 1901.
Of historical note, Claudia "Lady Bird" Taylor Johnson, wife of Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson, lived in Billingsley with relatives as a child for a time after her mother died and spent summers there until she was about 20 years old.
Demographics
Billingsley's population according to the 2010 Census was 144. Of that number, 86.1 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 11.1 percent as African American, 2.1 percent as Native American, and 0.7 percent as Hispanic or Latino. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $47,500, and the per capita income was $17,018.
Employment
According to the 2010 Census, the workforce in Billingsley was divided among the following occupational categories:
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (23.9 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (17.9 percent)
· Manufacturing (16.4 percent)
· Retail trade (9.0 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (7.5 percent)
· Construction (4.5 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (4.5 percent)
· Public administration (4.5 percent)
· Wholesale trade (3.0 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (3.0 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (3.0   percent)
· Other services, except public administration (3.0 percent)
Education
Schools in Billingsley are part of the Autauga County School System; the town has approximately 700 students and 45 teachers in one K-12 school.
Transportation
County Road 37 passes through Billingsley north-southwest, County Road 77 runs south from the center of the town, and County Road 24 runs east from the town. The Norfolk Southern Corporation operates a rail line through the center of town.
Events and Places of Interest
The Talladega National Forest is about 10 miles northwest of Billingsley, the Paul M. Grist State Park is about 15 miles to the southwest, and Confederate Memorial Park is 15 miles to the east.
Additional Resources
Autauga County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Autauga County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2001.
Gray, Daniel S. Autauga County: The First Hundred Years, 1818-1918. Prattville, Alabama: Autauga County Prattville Public Library, 1972.
Little, John Buckner. Nobles, Larry W. Old Autauga: Portrait of a Deep South County. Brierfield, Ala.: Cahaba Trace Commission, 2000.
Published:  September 8, 2016   |   Last updated:  September 8, 2016