Westover


Westover is located in north-central Shelby County in the central part of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.

History 

Originally called either Weldon or Cobb, Westover was established in 1901 as a mail and passenger stop on the Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad. It derives its name from the railroad.

Westover did not incorporate until 2001; since then, the town has grown from 2.5 square miles to more than 22 square miles.

Demographics 

Westover's population according to the 2010 Census was 1,275. Of that number, 93.6 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 2.5 percent as African American, 2.3 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 1.4 percent as two or more races, 0.9 percent as Native American, and 0.5 percent as Asian. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $60,637, and the per capita income was $21,528.

Employment 

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

· Retail trade (24.6 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (12.2 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (12.0   percent)
· Construction (9.8 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services   (8.8 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (7.3 percent)
· Manufacturing (5.7 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (5.5 percent)
· Public administration (4.9 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (2.8 percent)
· Wholesale trade (2.4 percent)
· Information (2.2 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (2.0 percent)

Education 

Students in Westover attend Shelby County schools; no public schools lie within the town limits.

Transportation 

U.S. Highway 280/State Highway 38 runs east-west through Westover; County Road 55 runs southwest-northeast through town. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is located about 23 miles northwest of Wilsonville.

Events and Places of Interest 

The Archer House is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

The annual Bump and Grind Race is held Oak Mountain State ParkWestover lies approximately ten miles southwest of Logan Martin Lake, which provides the opportunity for a wide range of water sports, and approximately ten miles east of Oak Mountain State Park.

The town holds an annual Christmas parade. It also maintains Westover Park, which features youth soccer fields, a playground, athletic fields, picnic facilities, and a playground.

Additional Resources 

Shelby County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Shelby County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1999.

James P. Kaetz
Auburn University


Published July 5, 2013
Last updated July 5, 2013