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Millport

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Millport is located in southern Lamar County in the west-central part of the state. It has a mayor/council form of government.
History
Originally known as Lick Skillet, much of the trade and industry in Millport centered on the three creeks that border the town. Settlers first came to the area around 1824. In 1858, the town moved its center to a place about a half-mile south of its current position. A post office was established in 1870. In 1878, the aptly named Henry Miller established the first water-powered grist mill in the area. Water-powered cotton gins and lumber mills soon followed.
The town shifted its location a second time when the Georgia Pacific Railroad came through around 1882, moving closer to the tracks. The townspeople thought that a more dignified name was in order after the railroad came through. The source of the present name is uncertain, but it is likely that it was named for the grist mill, referred to as Miller's Port, owned by Henry Miller. The name was shortened to Millport.
Millport was incorporated in 1887. By 1909, it had a telephone system. In 1974, Weyerhaeuser established a wood-processing plant in Millport.
Demographics
According to 2016 Census estimates, Millport recorded a population of 1,056. Of that number, 64.4 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 34.5 percent as African American, and 1.1 percent as two or more races. The town's median household income was $31,150, and the per capita income was $18,833.
Employment
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Millport was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Manufacturing (28.8 percent)
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (24.4 percent)
  • Construction (8.1 percent)
  • Retail trade (7.3 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (5.5 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (5.2 percent)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (4.4 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (4.2 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (3.4 percent)
  • Public administration (2.9 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (2.3 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (2.1 percent)
  • Information (1.6 percent)
Education
Schools in Millport are part of the Lamar County school system; the town has one K-12 school.
Transportation
State Highways 96 bisects Millport running east-west, and State Highway 17 runs in conjunction with 96 east to the center of town, and then runs north from town.
Events and Places of Interest
Millport holds the Stallion Street Fair in early November, sponsored by the Halo Service Organization; it features craft and food vendors as well as live music.

Additional Resources

Acee, Joe G. A History of Lamar County. 3rd ed. Vernon, Ala.: The Lamar Democrat, 1976.
Lamar County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Lamar County. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2000.
"Millport, Alabama, The First 100 Years." West Alabama Gazette, June 10, 1982.
Published:  June 24, 2013   |   Last updated:  June 25, 2013