Millport


Millport is located in southern Lamar County in the west-central part of the state. It has a mayor/council form of government.

History 

Originally known as Lick Skillet, much of the trade and industry in Millport centered on the three creeks that border the town. Settlers first came to the area around 1824. In 1858, the town moved its center to a place about a half-mile south of its current position. A post office was established in 1870. In 1878, the aptly named Henry Miller established the first water-powered grist mill in the area. Water-powered cotton gins and lumber mills soon followed.

Millport is a town near Luxapallila Creek in MillportThe town shifted its location a second time when the Georgia Pacific Railroad came through around 1882, moving closer to the tracks. The townspeople thought that a more dignified name was in order after the railroad came through. The source of the present name is uncertain, but it is likely that it was named for the grist mill, referred to as Miller's Port, owned by Henry Miller. The name was shortened to Millport.

Millport was incorporated in 1887. By 1909, it had a telephone system. In 1974, Weyerhaeuser established a wood-processing plant in Millport.

Demographics 

Millport's population according to the 2010 Census was 1,049. Of that number, 64.7 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 33.7 percent as African American, 1.3 percent as two or more races, 1.0 percent as Hispanic or Latino, and 0.1 percent as Native American. The town’s median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $25,649, and the per capita income was $18,536.

Employment 

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

· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (24.9   percent)
· Manufacturing (23.7 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (8.1 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (6.9 percent)
· Construction (6.4 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (6.1 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (5.3 percent)
· Information (4.8 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (4.8 percent)
· Public administration (4.6 percent)
· Retail trade (2.0 percent)
· Wholesale trade (1.3 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services   (1.0 percent)

Education 

Schools in Millport are part of the Lamar County school system; the town has approximately 535 students and 32 teachers in one K-12 school.

Transportation 

State Highways 96 bisects Millport running east-west, and State Highway 17 runs in conjunction with 96 east to the center of town, and then runs north from town.

Events and Places of Interest 

Millport holds the Stallion Street Fair in early November, sponsored by the Halo Service Organization; it features craft and food vendors as well as live music.

Additional Resources 
 

Acee, Joe G. A History of Lamar County. 3rd ed. Vernon, Ala.: The Lamar Democrat, 1976.

Lamar County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Lamar County. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2000.

"Millport, Alabama, The First 100 Years." West Alabama Gazette, June 10, 1982.

James P. Kaetz
Auburn University


Published June 24, 2013
Last updated June 25, 2013