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Statistics & Facts

The Alabama state capital is Montgomery.
The population of Cottonwood is approximately 1,171 (2005), 1289 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 548 (2000), 553 (2010).
The amount of land area in Cottonwood is 14.253 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Cottonwood is 5.5 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.042 sq kilometers.
The distance from Cottonwood to Washington DC is 725 miles.
The distance to the Alabama state capital is 107 miles. (as the crow flies)
Cottonwood is positioned 31.05 degrees north of the equator and 85.30 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Cottonwood elevation is 163 feet above sea level.
The city tree is the Cottonwood.
The Cottonwood city color is Red and Black. Cottonwood per capita income is $ 13,111 (2000).
Cottonwood median income is $ 21,452 (2000).
The Cottonwood median home price is $ 62,000 (2000).


in the extreme southeast corner of Alabama, about 20 miles from Georgia and approximately five miles from Florida. Dothan, Alabama is 12 miles north and Panama City Beach, Florida is about 75 miles south. Other nearby communities include Madrid, Avon, Cowarts, Ashford and Rehobeth, all in Alabama and Campbellton, Malone and Jacob City all in Florida.
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moderate with average summer temperatures in the low 80's and average winter temperatures in the low 50's. Percipitation tends to occur year-round with peaks in mid-winter and mid-summer. Humidity tends to remain consistently high year-round.
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History & History Related Items

Cottonwood was incorporated in 1903. The origin of the town's name is unclear as there are conflicting stories. Some say it came from the Cottonwood trees that grew abundantly in the area while others claim that it is in honor of the Wood family that was influential in the settlement.
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Cottonwood Hot Mineral Springs
885 Sealy Wells Rd
Cottonwood, AL 36320
The Hot Springs Spaand Motel was destroyed by fire in 2001. The remains lie dormant.
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Cottonwood City Government

Town of Cottonwood
1414 Metcalf St.
P.O. Box 447
Phone: (334) 691-2671
Fax: (334) 691-3111

City Officials (2006)
Mayor: Lomax Smith
Town Council:
Drena Weaver
Woodrow Exum
Clifton Truitt
Dorothy Long
Todd Danford
Water Superintendant: Jerry Woods
Water Operations: Arthur Bauman
City Clerk/Magistrate: Jolaine Reynolds
Water Clerk: Wanda Reardon

Cottonwood Housing Authority
20 Willow Lane
Phone (334) 691-2451

Cottonwood Police Dept.
1414 Metcalf St
Cottonwood, Alabama
Phone: (334) 691-2113

Police Chief: Jim Smith (2006)
The Police Department is comprised of state certified officers. Cars are assigned to each officer. Each vehicle is equipped with an up to date video system, radar, and wireless mobile date units. All related items (firearms, body armor, etc.) are furnished by the Town.

Cottonwood Volunteer Fire Dept.
1386 Metcalf St., Suite 1
Cottonwood, Alabama
Phone (334) 691-3112
Police, Fire & Medical Emergencies: DIAL 911

Vol. Fire Chief: Louie Danford (2006)
The Volunteer Fire Department is comprised of Chief Danford and approxiamately 20 volunteer members. Apparatus includes 3 Class A pumpers, a 3.000 gallon tanker, a brush truck, and a Special Operations unit. The department is governed by the Houston County Volunteer Firefighter'sAssociation which oversees 17 rural Houston County fire departments.

The Cottonwood Volunteer Rescue Squad is staffed by State Certified members residing in the community. 2 fully equipped ambulances are available at all times.

Cottonwood Historical Events

The major road in the 18th century from St. Augustine to Pensacola, Florida probably passed through Cottonwood or perhaps Sealy Springs just to the south. It is believed that along this road was the Creek Indian village of "Pokanaweethly", some 8 miles due west of the springs.

Cottonwood Chamber

Chamber Of Commerce
1414 Metcalf St.
Cottonwood, AL 36320
Phone: 334-691-4006

Cottonwood Organizations

Chamber Of Commerce
1414 Metcalf St.
Cottonwood, AL 36320
Phone: 334-691-4006

Cottonwood Schools

Cottonwood High School
663 Houston St
Cottonwood, AL 36320-4213
Phone: 334-691-2587 Cottonwood


The population of Cottonwood was:
1990 - 1,385
2000 - 1,170
2005 - 1,171

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