Foley, Alabama

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Foley is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. The 2000 census lists the population of the city as 7,590. [1]

Foley is a principal city of the DaphneFairhope–Foley Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Baldwin County.

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History

Foley was founded by John B. Foley of Chicago. As Mr. Foley was traveling to President McKinley's funeral in 1901, he met a railroad agent that told him of this area in South Baldwin County. Mr. Foley came down the following year, liked what he saw and bought up between 40,000 acres (160 km2) and 50,000 acres (200 km2) of land. He returned to Chicago and formed the Magnolia Land Company. As he began to sell off acreage, he realized the need for a better way for the people to come to Foley. Mr. Foley used some of his own money to lay the rails so the train could come from Bay Minette. The first railroad station was built in 1905. The original station burned in 1908 and was replaced the following year by the station that is now the City's museum. Mr Foley donated parcels of land for a school and churches. The first train to service Foley was a wood burner called the "Pine Knot Special." It would leave Foley in the morning and make a return trip in the afternoon. As people cleared the land, the would place liter knots in a wood box for the engineer to use as was needed. Foley was incorporated in 1915 with G. I. Weatherly serving as its first mayor.

Geography

Foley is located at 30°24'20.138" North, 87°40'53.432" West (30.405594, -87.681509).[2]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.3 sq mi (37 km2), of which, 14.3 sq mi (37 km2) of it is land and 0.07% is water.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 7,590 people, 3,126 households, and 2,106 families residing in the city. The population density was 531.5 people per square mile (205.2/km²). There were 3,468 housing units at an average density of 242.8/sq mi (93.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 74.49% White, 21.86% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.32% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 4.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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