There are many small towns located throughout Alabama. Some of the towns are so small that if you blink, you just might miss them. Here are 12 really small towns located throughout Alabama that you may or may not know exist:
1. Beatrice, AL (Population 297)
Beatrice is a lovely Alabama town in Monroe County with a rich heritage. This small town is known for its thriving timber industry and sausage industry. Every year, an annual sausage festival is held to celebrate their sausage industry. (Picture: Hope Baptist Church)
2. Rockford, AL (Population 458)
Rockford is located in Coosa County and is the county seat. In 1832, Lexington was given the name for the county seat. It was later changed to Rockford in 1835. One of the most notable residents was "Fred the Dog." In 1993, a sick dog wandered into Rockford and was nursed back to health. He was the town's mascot for the next 10 years and gained popularity through a regular newspaper column, "A Dog's Life." He also made an appearance on the cable network Animal Planet. "Fred the Dog" passed away on December 23, 2002.
3. Vina, AL (Population 358)
Vina was incorporated in 1909 and is located in Franklin County. One of its notable residents was Carl Elliot, a representative of Alabama's 7th congressional district from 1949-65. Mr. Elliot graduated from Vina High School in 1929.
4. Triana, AL (Population 498)
Located in Madison County, Triana is a great place to raise a family or retire. (Picture: Wheeler NWR Warden's House)
5. St. Stephens, AL (Population 495)
St. Stephens is an unincorporated community in Washington County, 67 miles north of Mobile. There are two distinct sites in St. Stephens: Old St. Stephens and New St. Stephens. Old St. Stephens was the territorial capital of the Alabama Territory and is no longer inhabited.
6. Calvert, AL (Population 277)
Calvert is an unincorporated community in Mobile and Washington counties. ThyssenKrupp, a carbon steel processing plant, broke ground in Calvert in 2007. Their stainless steel division, Inoxum, was sold to Finnish stainless steel company Outokumpu in 2012. The remaining part of the ThyssenKrupp plant was purchased by ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel in 2014 for $1.5 billion and renamed AM/NS Calvert. (Picture: AM/NS Calvert's hot dip galvanizing lines in Calvert)
7. Cuba, AL (Population 333)
Cuba is located in Sumter County. In 1861, the area which is now Cuba, was a thriving farming industry and a sizable truck-crop enterprise. Cuba was officially incorporated in 1890.
8. Oak Grove, AL (Population 524)
Oak Grove, located in Talladega County, is only a short drive from Birmingham. This small Alabama town is rich in history and the perfect place to call home.
9. Sweet Water, AL (Population 250)
Sweet Water, located in Marengo County, is a small Alabama community that was founded during the 1840s and named for Sweet Water Creek, which runs through the area.
10. Shorter, AL (Population 464)
Shorter is located in Macon County, only 20 minutes from downtown Montgomery and 35 minutes from Auburn. This small Alabama town continues to grow daily, hence its motto "A Town on the Move."
11. Thomaston, AL (Population 404)
Thomaston, which is located in Marengo County, was first settled in the early 1800s by people from Virginia and the Carolinas looking for land. This small town received its name in 1892 and was officially incorporated in 1901. (Picture: Thomaston Colored Institute)
12. Waldo, AL (Population 280)
Waldo is located in Talladega County and is home to the Waldo Covered Bridge - one of Alabama's oldest covered bridges. At 115 feet in length, this covered bridge spans Talladega Creek and rests on a pair of stone piers.
Have you visited any of these small Alabama towns? Are you currently a resident of one? Feel free to share in the comments below!