Wetumpka, AL

Geography

Known as “The City of Natural Beauty,” Wetumpka, AL, spans 8.9 square miles and sits at the point where the Tallapoosa and Coosa rivers flow into the Alabama River. Much of the city’s inherent beauty stems from its position astride the border between the Appalachian foothills and the flat plain of the Gulf Coast.

History

Native Americans inhabited the Coosa Valley when the Spanish discovered the area in 1540. Colonized by the British and French, Creek and Cherokee inhabited the area when the United States gained control of the territory in 1783. Wetumpka was the first settlement in the Coosa Basin; located near the last waterfall on the Coosa River, the town derives its name from the Creek for “falling stream” or “rumbling waters.” Because of its position straddling the Coosa River, when the Alabama Territory was divided into counties in 1818, the commercial eastern side of town became part of Coosa County and the residential western half fell in Autauga County. Following the creation of Elmore County in 1866, the partitioned city was incorporated into one entity in 1889 and became Elmore’s county seat.

Wetumpka residents rose above a number of challenges throughout the years, including the Civil War, devastating fires in 1845, 1852, 1902 and 1908, and a destructive flood and earthquake in 1886. From its early days as a trading post and cotton boom town to its present position as a thriving part of the Montgomery Metropolitan Area, Wetumpka has a long history of flourishing despite adversity.

Climate

Wetumpka’s climate is classified as humid subtropical, which means residents experience mildly cool winters and hot, humid summers. Maximum highs in July reach 90 degrees; average minimum temperatures in January are 33 degrees. The city receives around 53 inches of rain on average a year.

Demographics

At the 2010 Census, 6,528 people lived in Wetumpka, a density of 672.9 people per square mile. The average family size is 2.97 with a median income of $41,500. Public education is through the Elmore County Public School System.

Area Attractions

Wetumpka’s Gold Star Park hosts a variety of activities, including Craterfest and Brown Bag concerts. Other annual events include Christmas on the Coosa, a Bassmaster tournament, the Coosa River Whitewater Festival and a New Year’s Eve celebration and ball. The city features a cross section of activities that visitors will enjoy:

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