Prattville, Alabama

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Prattville is a city in Autauga and Elmore counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. As of 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 31,119.[1] Nicknamed "The Fountain City" due to the many artesian wells in the area, Prattville is part of the Montgomery metropolitan statistical area and serves as the county seat of Autauga County.

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History

Prattville was founded in 1839 by industrialist and architect Daniel Pratt. The area was largely inhabited by native Americans and a few settlers when Pratt, a native of Temple, New Hampshire, first observed the Autauga Creek in the 1830s. He purchased approximately 1,000 acres (4 km²) from Joseph May at $21.00 an acre, and set out to build his manufacturing facilities and the town along the banks of the Autauga creek. The location was chosen because the creek could supply power to the cotton gin manufacturing equipment. The town became an industrial center and rapidly grew. In 1868, it was named the county seat for Autauga County.[2]

Prattville contains several sites on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Daniel Pratt Historic District, Bell House, and Buena Vista.[3]

Severe weather

On February 17, 2008, Prattville was hit by an F3 tornado which destroyed more than 45 homes and businesses and damaged over 700. Twenty-nine people were injured. Preliminary estimates put the damage at $85 million in insured and uninsured damages.[4]

Geography

Prattville is located at 32°27'32.886" North, 86°27'4.698" West (32.459135, -86.451305)[5]. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.9 square miles (62 km2) of which 23.2 square miles (60 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (3.09%) is water.

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