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West Point

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
West Point is located in northwest Cullman County in the north-central part of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
History
West Point was for years an unnamed community at the juncture of two roads connecting Battle Ground and Clarkson (north-south) and Malaby and Crooked Creek (east-west). Settlers began to build homes around the crossroads as early as the late 1870s. The first telephone service in town came in 1909. A sawmill, grist mill, and cotton gin were established around 1900, and the first general store opened in 1910.
Also around 1910, residents decided upon the name West Point for the community. The first school in the town was built in 1918, replacing a school in nearby Crooked Creek. A high school was built in the early 1930s.
West Point was incorporated in October 1977.
Demographics
According to 2016 Census estimates, West Point recorded a population of 691. Of that number, 94.1 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 39.3 percent as African American, 3.6 percent as Hispanic, 2.6 percent as American Indian, 1.6 percent as Asian, and 1.2 percent as two or more races. The town's median household income was $52,647, and the per capita income was $26,341.
Employment
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in West Point was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Manufacturing (23.4 percent)
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (21.1 percent)
  • Retail trade (14.5 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (10.1 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (6.9 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (6.6 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (4.6 percent)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (4.3 percent)
  • Public administration (2.6 percent)
  • Construction (2.3 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (2.0 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (1.2 percent)
  • Information (0.3 percent)
Education
Schools in West Point are part of the Cullman County school system; the town has one elementary school, one intermediate school, one middle school, and one high school.
Transportation
State Highway 157 bisects West Point running roughly southeast-northwest. County Road 1141 enters town from the northwest, runs east through town, and then exits running southeast. County Road 1127 runs south from the western part of town, and County Road 1242 runs northeast from town.

Additional Resources

Cullman County Heritage Book Committee. Heritage of Cullman County, Alabama. Vols. I and II. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, Inc., 1999.
Jones, Margaret Jean. Combing Cullman County. Cullman, Ala.: Modernistic Printers, Inc., 1972.
Published:  July 5, 2013   |   Last updated:  February 2, 2021