The area around present-day Falkville was settled prior to the Civil War by Tennessean Malcolm Patterson and James Densmore. Later, veteran Louis Falk opened the first store there and was its first postmaster; the town was named in his honor. The Louisville and Nashville Railroad expanded into Alabama in the early 1870s, connecting Louisville, Kentucky, with Decatur, Falkville, and Montgomery, Montgomery County, by 1872, and a station was established in Falkville. Falkville was first incorporated in 1876 and again on June 19, 1886, and on December 13, 1898. The town would eventually include a branch of the Tennessee Valley Bank of Decatur, a lumber industry with a warehouse, a sawmill, a planing mill, cotton gins, and blacksmith shops. Falkville Normal College was constructed in 1896 at a cost of about $8,000 and graduated its first students in 1902. A high school was established in 1923 at the college; the town took control of it about this time, and this school became Falkville High School, the oldest school in Morgan County. A new high school was constructed in 1924 and another in 1936, with the elementary school moving into the older building. The schools currently share the same campus and some facilities.
The population in Falkville at the time of the 2010 Census was 1,279. Of that number, 92.1 percent reported itself as white, 3.4 percent as African American, 2.2 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 1.1 percent as American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.8 percent as two or more races, 0.2 percent as Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 0.1 percent as Asian. The median household income according to Census estimates is $38,935 and per capita income, $17,152.
According to Census estimates, the Falkville workforce is divided among the following major industrial categories:
· Manufacturing (24.4 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (23.4 percent)
· Retail trade (19.7 percent)
· Public administration (6.3 percent)
· Construction (6.0 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (5.2 percent)
· Wholesale trade (4.5 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (3.4 percent)
· Finance and insurance, real estate, rental and leasing (2.9 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (2.9 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (1.3 percent)
Public education in Falkville is administered by Morgan County Schools that oversee one elementary and high school that collectively educate approximately 850 students and employ approximately 65 educators.
Falkville is accessed by Interstate 65 and U.S. Highway 31 that run north-south and parallel to one and other. Falkville is about four miles south of Rountree Field Airport in Hartselle and nine miles north of Folsom Field. CSX Transportation operates a rail line that runs through Falkville.
Events and Places of Interest
The county supports an athletic complex with several baseball diamonds and a track adjacent to Falkville.
Published May 14, 2013
Last updated May 14, 2013