Dadeville, Alabama

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Dadeville is a city in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 3,212. The city is the county seat of Tallapoosa County[1].

Dadeville is part of the Alexander City Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Dadeville was named for Major Francis Langhorne Dade who died in the Seminole War in 1835. The town was granted a charter in 1837 and was first incorporated in 1858, lost its charter during the War Between the States, and was incorporated a second time in 1878. Dadeville has been the Tallapoosa Countyseat since 1838.[2]

Dadeville was home to the Graefenberg Medical Institute, Alabama's first medical school, which operated from 1852 until the outbreak of the Civil War; attempts to rehabilitate the school after the war failed, and the building burned in 1873.[3]

Completion of the Thomas Wesley Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River in 1926 and the subsequent creation of Lake Martin had and continues to have a strong economic impact on Dadeville.[4]


Dadeville is located at 32°49′55″N 85°45′51″W / 32.83194°N 85.76417°W / 32.83194; -85.76417 (32.832059, -85.764288)[5].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.0 square miles (41.4 km²), all of it land area.


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 3,212 people, 1,122 households, and 813 families residing in the city. The population density was 200.7 people per square mile (77.5/km²). There were 1,278 housing units at an average density of 79.9/sq mi (30.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 53.24% White, 45.08% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 0.81% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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