Avon


Avon is located in central Houston County in the extreme southeastern corner of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.

History  

The Avon area was first settled in the mid-nineteenth century. An early Baptist church was constructed around 1875. When Houston County was created in 1903, a member of the Fellows family, who had moved to the area from Georgia and purchased the remaining acreage in the town limits, became one of the first county commissioners.

Avon remained essentially an agricultural community. Until the first paved highway came through, people in the community had an arduous journey to either Cowarts or Ashford to get supplies. In the late 1950s, citing unfair pricing practices by the utility then supplying the town with electricity, civic leaders petitioned Alabama Power to become its power provider. They were informed that the town had to incorporate before making such a request and did so in January 1957, taking the name Avon. A town hall was completed in May 1960, and electric streetlights were installed in the early 1960s.

Demographics  

Avon's population according to the 2010 Census was 543. Of that number, 94.7 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 1.8 percent as African American, 1.8 percent as Native American, 1.7 percent as two or more races, and 1.3 percent as Hispanic or Latino. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $39,375, and the per capita income was $18,639.

Employment  

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

· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (29.8   percent)

· Retail trade (14.7 percent)

· Manufacturing (12.3 percent)

· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (8.7 percent)

· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services   (7.5 percent)

· Public administration (7.1 percent)

· Construction (4.8 percent)

· Wholesale trade (4.8 percent)

· Other services, except public administration (4.8 percent)

· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (2.8 percent)

· Information (1.6 percent)

· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (1.2 percent)

Education  

Students in Avon attend Houston County schools; no public schools are located within the town limits.

Transportation  

U.S. Highway 84 passes through the northern border of Avon, running east-west.

Additional Resources  

Watson, Fred S. Hub of the Wire Grass: A History of Houston County, Alabama, 1903-1972. Anniston, Ala.: Higginbotham, Inc., 1972.

James P. Kaetz
Auburn University


Published April 21, 2014
Last updated April 21, 2014