New Brockton


New Brockton is located in Coffee County in the southeastern portion of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.

History 

The first settler in the area that now encompasses New Brockton was Huey E. Brock, who arrived in 1871. In 1878, he opened a store to supply other settlers, and his customers began refer to the store as "Brockton." Within a decade, a number of other stores had been constructed, but they were all destroyed by fire in 1888. A distinctive water tower is seen in downtown New Brockton Water Tower

The town came to be named New Brockton when the postmaster in town asked that "New" be added to help avoid confusion with the town of Blockton. The first train came through town in 1898, prompting a development boom as settlers moved to town to take advantage of the better shipping and transportation. Brock himself donated land for churches, cemeteries, and a school.

In 1911, a vocational school was built in town. In 1946, the town added a new fire department, and a National Guard Armory was added in 1961.

Demographics 

According to the 2010 Census, New Brockton had a population of 1,146. Of that number, 70.1 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 21.0 percent as African American, 5.5 percent as Native American, 2.7 percent as two or more races, 2.5 percent as Hispanic, and 0.5 percent as Asian. The town's median household income, according to 2010 Census estimates, was $33,125, and the per capita income was $17,118.

Employment 

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

· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (23.9   percent)
· Retail trade (16.5 percent)
· Construction (14.4 percent)
· Manufacturing (11.0 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (9.2 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services   (7.4 percent)
· Public administration (5.9 percent)
· Professional, scientific, and administrative and waste management   services (4.3 percent)
· Wholesale trade (2.0 percent)
· Transportation, warehousing, and utilities (1.8 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining (1.6 percent)
· Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (1.4   percent)
· Information (0.7 percent)

Education 

Coffee County Schools maintains one public high school and one public elementary school in New Brockton that enroll approximately 760 students and employ approximately 45 teachers. Enterprise State Community College is a two-year institute of higher education located in nearby Enterprise.

Transportation  The old train depot in downtown New Brockton, Old Depot in New Brockton

New Brockton is served by State Highway 122, which connects with State Highway 51 to the east, and U.S. Highway 84, which runs southeast-northwest through the town.

Events and Places of Interest 

Each May, New Brockton hosts a Spring Festival that includes food vendors, children's entertainment, and an Easter Egg hunt.

Additional Resources 

Coffee County Heritage Book Committee. Heritage of Coffee County. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants Inc., 2004.

Watson, Fred S. Coffee Grounds: A History of Coffee County, Alabama, 1841-1970. Anniston, Ala.: Higginbotham Inc., 1970.

James P. Kaetz
Auburn University


Published November 16, 2012
Last updated November 19, 2012