Warrior, Alabama

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Warrior is a city in Jefferson and Blount County in the U.S. state of Alabama. At the 2000 census the population was 3,169.

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History

The city takes its name from the Warrior coal fields, which J. T. Pierce opened in 1872 in the vicinity. The coal fields were named, in turn, after the Black Warrior River that drains them. The town, which was built on a spur of the L & N Railroad, was originally Warrior Station. The Warrior Post Office (35180) was established in 1872.

City Government

Warrior uses the mayor/council form of government. The city council consists of the mayor and five members. The city is divided into five geographic districts with each one electing a council member to represent it on the city council.

The current mayor of Warrior is Rena Hudson.

Annual events

Warrior Day, a yearly town festival, is held each year in early autumn. Entertainment and food vendors set up in town in addition to having a large swap meet.

Attractions

Rickwood Caverns State Park, which is a beautiful state park in Alabama is located in the northern part of the city near Interstate 65. Featuring 260 million-year-old limestone formations, blind cave fish, and an underground pool, Rickwood Caverns is a recognized member of the National Caves Association, and offers more than a mile of living geology.

Sports

Warrior is home of the Alabama Warriors, a minor league football team of the Premier Football League.

Warrior is also home of the 1992/1993 Class 2A (AHSAA) Boy's Basketball Champions from the former Warrior High School. In 1996, the Olympic Torch was relayed through the city during the weeks leading up to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.

Geography

Warrior is the northernmost city in Jefferson County, Alabama with outlying parts of the city in Blount County. It is traversed by I-65 and Highway 31.

Warrior is located at 33°48'48.985" North, 86°48'41.238" West (33.813607, -86.811455)[1].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.9 square miles (20.4 km²), all of it land.

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