Cordova, Alabama

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Cordova is a city in Walker County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 2,423.

A long-track EF3 tornado struck Cordova on April 24, 2010. The rotation started in Parrish and later crossed into Empire, a town northeast of Sumiton on Highway 78. It expired after reaching Interstate 65 near Highway 160 southwest of Hayden.

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History

Cordova was originally a settlement on the Warrior River Called "Dent" or "Dent's Place." The city was dubbed "Cordova" by Captain Benjamin M. Long in 1859. He named the city after a city in Mexico in which he was stationed during the Mexican War. Long himself opened a mercantile shop in the city and helped lure other industries into the city by providing the land necessary for their operations. The company that had the biggest impact on the City was Nashua Manufacturing Company out of Nashua,NH, who brought in the Indian Head Textile Mills. The mill brought with it many jobs, and as was customary of the day its own village. The company built over 100 houses in the city, many of which are still standing, and occupied today. The company even built the Indian Head school on the site of present day "Cordova Health and Rehabilitation Center." The mill helped to bring two major railways to the city, which at the time helped connect the city to much of the surrounding area. The mill eventually became its own "town" and even had its own separate police force. The same way the mill shaped the city around the turn of the 20th century it also shaped it upon its closing in the middle of the century. Population declined and industry slowed, while neighboring Jasper took a strong hold on the county seat as the largest city in the county.

Present Day Cordova

Even in the young 21st century, the city has still not recovered from the closing of the mill. The city is a shadow of its former self, as many early 20th century buildings waste away. The city is planning for its renaissance in the form of a highway. With the arrival of future Interstate 22 also known as "Corridor X" the city finds itself open to many opportunities. Officially a part of the Birmingham Metro Area, and now a mere twenty to thirty minute drive away, the city hopes to revive its once great structures, and attract a new life it has longed for. With access to the Gulf of Mexico via the Warrior and Alabama Rivers, two major railways (Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Norfolk Southern), and now a U.S. Interstate (future I-22) the city is primed for economic growth. The recent addition of BAE Systems to the city should only be the beginning of the Cities Industrial progress over the next few years.

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