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Westover

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Westover is located in north-central Shelby County in the central part of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
History
Old Rock School
Originally called either Weldon or Cobb, Westover was established in 1901 as a mail and passenger stop on the Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad. It derives its name from the railroad.
Westover did not incorporate until 2001; since then, the town has grown from 2.5 square miles to more than 22 square miles.
Demographics
According to 2016 Census estimates, Westover recorded a population of 1,315. Of that number, 91.9 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 8.7 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 1.7 percent as African American, 1.1 percent as Asian, 0.6 percent as two or more races, and 0.2 percent as Native American. The town's median household income was $65,295, and the per capita income was $27,504.
Employment
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Westover was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Educational services, and health care and social assistance (20.5 percent)
  • Construction (12.4 percent)
  • Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (11.7 percent)
  • Retail trade (10.9 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (8.7 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (8.3 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing and utilities (7.1 percent)
  • Manufacturing (7.0 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (4.8 percent)
  • Public administration (3.9 percent)
  • Information (3.2 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (1.5 percent)
Education
Students in Westover attend Shelby County schools; no public schools lie within the town limits.
Transportation
U.S. Highway 280/State Highway 38 runs east-west through Westover; County Road 55 runs southwest-northeast through town. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is located about 23 miles northwest of Wilsonville.
Events and Places of Interest
Oak Mountain State Park
The Archer House (ca. 1880) is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.
Westover lies approximately ten miles southwest of Logan Martin Lake, which provides the opportunity for a wide range of water sports, and approximately ten miles east of Oak Mountain State Park.
The town holds an annual Christmas parade. It also maintains Westover Park, which features youth soccer fields, a playground, athletic fields, picnic facilities, and a playground.

Additional Resources

Shelby County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Shelby County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1999.
Published:  July 5, 2013   |   Last updated:  November 21, 2019