Oak Grove, Alabama

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Oak Grove is a town in Talladega County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 457.

Its name is identical to the unincorporated community west of Hueytown where an F5 tornado struck the high school on April 8, 1998.

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Geography

It is located at 33°11′23″N 86°18′11″W / 33.18972°N 86.30306°W / 33.18972; -86.30306 (33.189772, -86.303163)[1].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²), all of it land.

Oak Grove is a suburb of the larger city Sylacauga. The two municipalties are contiguous and both run along U.S. Highway 280, which runs from Birmingham, Alabama southeastward to Columbus, Georgia and then through Georgia toward Jacksonville, Florida. Oak Grove is 40 miles southeast of Birmingham and 70 miles north of Montgomery via U.S. Highway 231.

Oak Grove is a hilly town occupying both sides of Landers Hill and Merkle Mountain. There is no town square or downtown. There are numerous businesses along U.S. Highway 280, locally called "the four-lane" and County Road 280, which was formerly U.S. 280 before construction of the four-lane.

In the middle of Oak Grove between its two hills there was a cut-your-own Christmas Tree Farm which yearly drew hundreds of families to Oak Grove. It was started in 1978 by later Oak Grove Mayor Bloise Zeigler, who operated the farm through 2009. Zeigler grew the official Alabama state Christmas tree, which was displayed at the Alabama Governor's Mansion in 2004.[2] The Christmas tree farm was closed in 2010 and donated by the former Mayor to the Town of Oak Grove as a community garden named "Comet Grove." It provides free produce to low-income people and cheap produce to everyone else. It has ordinary open gardens and two acres of experimental "plasticulture."

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 457 people, 178 households, and 124 families residing in the town. The population density was 399.4 people per square mile (154.8/km²). There were 203 housing units at an average density of 177.4/sq mi (68.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.72% White, 2.84% Black or African American and 0.44% Native American. 0.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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