Harvest, Alabama

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Harvest is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the northwestern part of Madison County, Alabama, United States, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the population of the community is 3,054.



Harvest was part of the Cherokee lands until about 1810. It had been a settled community for many thousands of years prior to this. Many families who formed the older settlement population are part Cherokee Indian. Later, a railroad was extended south from Fayetteville, Tennessee to the community of Capshaw 5 miles (8 km) southwest of present day Harvest. This railroad went bankrupt in the economic troubles that lead to the Great Depression of the 1930s. Today, Old Railroad Bed Road runs along the old track bed.

On April 3, 1974 during the Super Outbreak tornado event, two violent tornadoes including one F5 struck the community within 30 minutes of each other. Most of Harvest, along with nearby communities such as Tanner was destroyed. 50 people were killed by the tornadoes.


Harvest is located at 34°51′10″N 86°44′53″W / 34.85278°N 86.74806°W / 34.85278; -86.74806 (34.852827, -86.748047)[1].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 12.4 square miles (32.2 km²), all of it land.

Capshaw Mountain is the only notable geological feature in the area. It extends upwards about 800 feet above the general elevation in the area. The top of this small mountain is the site of several very substantial communications towers used by local radio stations. Capshaw Mountain forms a watershed that provides the water supply for the community.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,054 people, 1,092 households, and 898 families residing in the community. The population density was 245.8 people per square mile (94.9/km²). There were 1,146 housing units at an average density of 92.2/sq mi (35.6/km²). The racial makeup of the community was 76.56% White, 18.76% Black or African American, 1.28% Native American, 1.11% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 2.10% from two or more races. 0.98% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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