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Fairview

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Fairview is located in northeastern Cullman County in the north-central part of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
History
Settlers first arrived the Fairview area in the 1840s to establish farms. Originally called Lawrence Chapel after the local Methodist Episcopal church, the name was changed to Fairview after another Methodist Episcopal church, probably sometime in the late 1890s. The first postmaster in the area was John A. Donaldson, who had also established a post office in Arkadelphia, Cullman County, in 1855. Donaldson later served as a captain in Gen. Joseph Wheeler's Confederate cavalry detachment during the Civil War and would become the first school teacher in Fairview, as well, after the town organized a school.
By the turn of the twentieth century, the town had several saw mills and a general store, and the first cotton gin came in 1905. William Englehart built a summer resort hotel on the Mohr Farm that was popular for several years. The first telephone switchboard was installed in 1919, and the first high school opened in 1923 (a variety of other types of schools had served the community in earlier years). In 1921, the first vocational agriculture department in Cullman County was established in Fairview and played a vital role in the growth of the community. The high school was accredited by the State Board of Education in 1925. The second story of the school, along with the elementary school, were destroyed by a tornado in 1932. Fairview incorporated in 1968.
Demographics
Fairview's population according to the 2010 Census was 446. Of that number, 95.5 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 11.2 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 0.4 percent as Asian, and 0.2 percent as African American. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $30,000, and the per capita income was $20,718.
Employment
According to the 2010 Census, the workforce in Fairview was divided among the following occupational categories:
· Manufacturing (24.6 percent)
· Construction (16.4 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (15.4 percent)
· Retail trade (9.7 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (8.7   percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (7.7 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (5.1 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (3.6 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (3.1 percent)
· Wholesale trade (2.6 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (2.1 percent)
· Information (1.0 percent)
Education
Students in Fairview attend Cullman County schools; no public schools are located within the town limits.
Transportation
State Highway 69 bisects Fairview running east-west; County Road 1527 bisects the town running northwest-southeast.
Events and Places of Interest
Fairview holds an annual Bluegrass Festival in July, with live bluegrass music, a jam session, and singing, that is held in Fairview Park.
Additional Resources
Cullman County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Cullman County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1999.
Published:  November 30, 2016   |   Last updated:  November 30, 2016