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Atmore, Alabama

Atmore is a city in Escambia County, Alabama, United States. The city has a culture similar to its neighboring metropolitan of Mobile, Alabama. Atmore is in the planning stages to increase its economic base with additions in its new Rivercane development along the I-65 corridor. Atmore has completed requirements to be recognized as an Alabama Community of Excellence at the upcoming Alabama League of Municipalities Convention. City officials are also working with Alabama Historical Commission to have the downtown district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

On May 23, 2007, Atmore celebrated its centenary.

The federally recognized Poarch Band of Creek Indians is also headquartered in Atmore.

Education

Atmore is home to various local schools within the Escambia County Public School System, including: Rachel Patterson Elementary School, A. C. Moore Elementary School, Escambia County Middle School (the largest school in the system), and Escambia County High School (the first public high school in the state of Alabama). It is also home to Escambia Academy and Atmore Christian School as well as several other private schools. Atmore is home to an adjunct campus of Jefferson Davis Community College based in Brewton, which offers associates degrees and technical school training.

History

Atmore was first recorded as a stop on the Mobile and Great Northern Railroad. The town was named after Mr. C.P. Atmore, General Passenger Agent of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, who was a friend of Mr. Carney. Mr. Carney owned a sawmill in town and was a very prominent citizen. The town was originally going to be named Carney, but Mr. Carney had a brother who had already established a town and named it Carney nearby. The town then decided to let Mr. Carney name the town. He named it after his close friend Mr. Atmore, who never visited Atmore.

Local Economy

For most of the 20th century, the Atmore area was primarily a farming, timber, and light industry community. Major commercial industries have been Masland Carpets, Alto, and a local lumber company. For many years, the Vanity Fair lingerie company operated a manufacturing sewing plant in Atmore, offering employment to local citiznes and surrounding communities.

With federal recognition and the founding of gaming casinos, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians near I-65 has increased its relative economic contributions to the region. The tribe operates The Wind Creek Casino and Hotel, which provides for tourism and conferences. Wind Creek is home to Fire Steakhouse specializing in Native American cuisine (corn, venison, etc.). Wind Creek is one of few four diamond hotels in the state.

Health Care and Recreation

Atmore Community Hospital, an affiliate of Baptist Health Care of Pensacola, Florida, offers full acute care in a two-story facility. Atmore has several recreational and sports facilities, including Atmore Heritage Park and Claude D. Kelley State Park.

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