Beaverton


Beaverton is located in northeastern Lamar County in the northwestern corner of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.

History  

Beaverton was founded in the mid-1890s; its name derives from nearby Beaver Creek, which at one time supported a large population of beavers. The town was founded on a line of the Frisco Railroad. By 1900, the town supported four stores, a planing mill, and a casket company as well as a boarding house. Mineral springs in the area drew tourists to Beaverton for the supposed medicinal and restorative effects of the mineral water. The town had a huge Fourth of July celebration each year for its visitors. In the latter half of the twentieth century, cotton, livestock, and timber were the main drivers of Beaverton's economy. A textile plant opened in the area in 1976.

Demographics  

Beaverton's population according to the 2010 Census was 201. Of that number, 95.0 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 5.0 percent as African American, and 1.0 percent as Hispanic or Latino. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $14,625, and the per capita income was $18,872.

Employment  

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

· Manufacturing (35.3 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (29.4   percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (13.2 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (11.8 percent)
· Construction (2.9 percent)
· Retail trade (2.9 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (2.9 percent)
· Wholesale trade (1.5 percent)

Education  

Students in Beaverton attend schools in the Lamar County school system; the town has no public schools located within its city limits.

Transportation  

U.S. Highway 278/State Highway 118 bisects Beaverton running northeast-southwest. The Burlintgon North and Santa Fe Railroad Company operates a line through Beaverton.

Events and Places of Interest  

The Dick Mixon Farm (1899) is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

Additional Resources  

Acee, Joe G. Lamar County History: Third Revised Bicentennial Edition. Vernon, Ala.: The Lamar Democrat, 1976.

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

James P. Kaetz
Auburn University


Published November 22, 2013
Last updated November 25, 2013