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James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Sipsey is located in east-central Walker County in the central part of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
Sipsey was founded in 1912 as a company town to serve employees of nearby coal mines. It was laid out by mining engineer Milton Fies. Mine production began in 1913, and at one time Sipsey had as many as 900 residents.
Sipsey Mine Workers, 1913
Sipsey suffered direct hits by two tornadoes during the record outbreak of April 27, 2011. Two residents were killed and 84 homes were either destroyed or rendered unfit for habitation.
According to 2016 Census estimates, Sipsey recorded a population of 416. Of that number, 59.6 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 39.2 percent as African American, 5.5 percent as Hispanic or Latino, and 1.2 percent as two or more races. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $26,652, and the per capita income was $16,216.
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Sipsey was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Manufacturing (27.7 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (17.7 percent)
· Retail trade (16.9 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (13.8   percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (11.5 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (9.2 percent)
· Wholesale trade (6.2 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (3.1 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (3.1 percent)
· Construction (0.8 percent)
Schools in Sipsey are part of the Walker County school system; the town has approximately 310 students and 20 teachers in one combined elementary and junior high school.
State Highway 5 lies about two miles southwest of Sipsey, running northwest-southeast, and Interstate Highway 22 is located about six miles to Sipsey's southwest, running in the same direction.
Events and Places of Interest
Sipsey's eastern town limit lies on the Sipsey Fork of the Black Warrior River, which offers boating, swimming, and fishing.

Additional Resources

Walker County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Walker County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1999.
Published:  August 26, 2013   |   Last updated:  August 8, 2018