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We would like to provide the residents of  Clanton  a basic history overview.


Welcome to the Clanton Home page. The Clanton Home page provides as much information as possible on Clanton. Knowing Clanton’s history is essential to guiding its future. Within Clanton’s Home page, you will also find Clanton’s Founders, Holiday, and Birthday sections.

Clanton has a population of 8719. 42% of Clanton’s inhabitants are Male, and 58 are female. 37.4% of Clanton is married and 60.4% own their own home. The Average Home price is $124,401, and the average rent is $663. Household median income in Clanton is $43,675, and the individual median income is $27,149. Clanton’s Ethnic is the following: White(75.4%), Black(21.1%), Asian(2%), Multiple(1.4%), Hispanic(0.5%).


The area that would become Clanton was known as "Goose Pond" and nearby "Ranch" when Baker County (later renamed Chilton County) was founded on December 30, 1868. Soon thereafter (May 1871) the town of Clanton took its name from the South and North Alabama Railroad station of that name. A couple of actions solidified the name of the town.


First, during the Alabama Legislative actions to allow the vote to set the permanent location of the courthouse (January - March 1871), their amendments changed the nominated name from "Baker's" to "Clanton." Finalizing the name change was an official application in May 1871 by the Postmaster to the Federal Postal System to re-designate the local Post Office as "Clanton" and terminate the former designation (Goose Pond).


The railroad had named "Clanton Station" in honor of James H. Clanton, an attorney, Chairman of the Alabama Democratic Executive committee, and a former Brigadier General in the Confederate States Army. It was incorporated on April 23, 1873. Alfred Baker was also elected first mayor of the town.Nearby Mitchell Dam became Alabama Power's first two dams in the state, bringing economic improvements to the area.


Immigrants played a part in starting the county's peach industry more than a century ago. Today, the peach industry is the number one industry in Chilton County, not only bringing fame to the county, but also millions of dollars to the local economy. The city of Clanton constructed a water tower in the form of a peach in 1993, becoming a landmark for travelers along Interstate 65.Early civil rights activist Ida B.


Wells reproduced a photographic postcard depicting an 1891 lynching in Clanton to educate the white public of the atrocities committed against blacks.During World War II, a small German prisoner of war camp was located in Clanton in the former Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp west of town.


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