Warrior


Warrior is located in both Jefferson County and Blount County in the north-central part of the state. It has a mayor/council form of government. It is named for its proximity to the Warrior Coal Field, which was itself named for its location on the Black Warrior River.

History 

Once the home of a Creek Indian town, the area on which Warrior now stands was opened for settlement after the Creek defeat in the Creek War of 1813-14. The first school was built in the area even before Alabama achieved statehood.

Warrior remained a sparsely populated farming community until 1872, when J. T. Pierce established mining operations in the Warrior Coal Field and a post office was opened. The South and North railroad (later the Louisville and Nashville Railroad) soon built a A train hauls coal from the Warrior Coal Coal Trainspur to the area so that the nearby mines could get their coal to market. The town that grew up around the spur became known as Warrior Station and was soon a booming rail center. The first public school building was constructed around 1884 and the first high school in 1893. The town was incorporated in either 1889 or 1899, though most records cite the 1889 date. Like many of the mines in the area, those in Warrior made liberal use of the convict-lease system and discouraged the formation of unions. In addition, the town had a thriving brick manufacturing business.

During the Great Depression, Warrior's mining economy suffered a severe downturn, leaving many in the area without work. Citizens in Birmingham held events to raise money to help out the miners and their families, and land was donated on which they could grow vegetables. A volunteer fire department was established in 1937.

Demographics 

Warrior's population according to the 2010 Census was 3,176. Of that number, 83.1 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 14.2 percent as black, 1.8 percent as two or more races, 0.8 percent as Hispanic, 0.4 percent as Asian, and 0.2 percent as Native American. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $35,851, and the per capita income was $25,263.

Employment 

According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Warrior was divided among the following industrial categories:

· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (22.7   percent)
· Manufacturing (13.3 percent)
· Retail trade (11.8 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (9.4 percent)
· Construction (7.8 percent)
· Public administration (6.8 percent)
· Wholesale trade (6.6 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (4.9 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services   (4.6 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (4.3 percent)
· Information (3.5 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (2.9 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (1.5 percent)

Leading employers in the area include Addiction and Mental Health Services Inc., Russell Supermarket Inc., and Hydra Service Inc.

Education 

Public schools in Warrior are part of the Jefferson County School District; the town has approximately 288 students and 19 teachers in one elementary school.

Transportation 

Interstate 65 runs north-south through Warrior, as does U.S. Highway 31. County Road 140 runs east-west through the town.

Events and Places of Interest 

Warrior features several parks and a baseball complex that also includes a playground and pavilions. The Warrior Community Center is located downtown. Rickwood Caverns State Park is located a few miles north of the city.

Additional Resources 

Jefferson County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Jefferson County. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2002.

Sloan, Cathy Borden. The Early History of Warrior Alabama. Hayden, Ala.: Blazer Printing Inc., 1990.

James P. Kaetz
Auburn University


Published March 22, 2012
Last updated March 26, 2013