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Repton

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Repton is located in western Conecuh County in the south-central part of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
History
Repton
The Louisville and Nashville Railroad finished a long-awaited branch line between Pine Apple, Wilcox County, and Repton in 1899. A U.S. post office was also established in Repton that year. The office moved frequently the first few years of its existence, usually to the place of business or home of the current postmaster. In the early twentieth century, Repton was an active railroad town and derived its name from the surname of a local railroad official. It supported several banks, a number of stores, a cotton gin, and a hospital. The town incorporated in January 1899, and a Masonic lodge was founded there in 1907.
Repton's population almost doubled in the decade after its incorporation. After its founding and a brief heyday as a railroad boom town, Repton suffered the fate of so many other railroad centers. As passenger traffic dwindled and finally disappeared from the trains, and as shipping shifted towards trucks instead of trains, the town began to decline. Repton's population in 1920 was 422; by 2016, it had shrunk to 192. In 2013, the town successfully defeated an effort to locate a landfill for out-of-state trash there.
Demographics
According to 2016 Census estimates, Repton recorded a population of 282. Of that number, 59.4 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, and 40.1 percent as African American. The town's median household income was $22,500, and the per capita income was $14,245.
Employment
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Repton was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Manufacturing (25.4 percent)
  • Construction (20.6 percent)
  • Retail trade (20.6 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (11.1 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (9.5 percent)
  • Educational services, and health care and social assistance (4.8 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing and utilities (4.8 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (1.6 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (1.6 percent)
Education
Schools in Repton are part of the Conecuh County school system; the town has one pre-K-8 junior high school.
Transportation
U.S. Highway 84/State Highway 41 runs through the northern half of Repton, going northeast-southwest. State Highway 41 dead-ends into 84 from the south. The Alabama Railroad Company, a subsidiary of Pioneer Railcorp, operates a line that runs north-south through Repton.
Events and Places of Interest
Repton holds a Heritage Homecoming Festival in April; it features a barbecue dinner, dancing, an auction, and arts and crafts vendors. The town also holds an annual Christmas Parade and a Mardi Gras celebration on the Saturday before Fat Tuesday that precedes the Christian period of Lent.

Additional Resources

Conecuh County Heritage Book Committee. Heritage of Conecuh County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2002.
Published:  September 13, 2016   |   Last updated:  September 13, 2016