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James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Webb is located in north-central Houston County in the extreme southeastern corner of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
Webb is largely built on land sold or donated by plantation owner B. F. Webb, who settled in the area around 1890. The town is also named after him. The area was sparsely populated until 1899, when the Central of Georgia Railroad built a line on Webb's land; he donated 23 acres for a depot.
The first post office opened in 1900. Two stores were built in the area, and Webb and his son began laying out a town and selling one-acre lots. A school was constructed in 1901. The town was incorporated in 1903.
A new four-room schoolhouse was constructed in 1909; it burned and was replaced in 1935. On January 18, 1918, a tornado struck the town, killing two and damaging a number of structures. The same tornado killed nine people in nearby Cowarts. A new water system was completed in 1965. In 1995, Webb built a new senior center.
According to 2016 Census estimates, Webb recorded a population of 1,394. Of that number, 78.3 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 14.1 percent as African American, 11.8 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 5.0 percent as Native American, and 0.1 percent as two or more races,. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $35,801, and the per capita income was $18,194.
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Webb was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (20.9 percent)
· Retail trade (20.6 percent)
· Construction (12.6 percent)
· Manufacturing (11.1 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (7.1 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (6.1   percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (5.5 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (4.7 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (4.7 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (2.0 percent)
· Public administration (1.8 percent)
· Wholesale trade (1.8 percent)
· Information (1.0 percent)
Schools in Webb are part of the Houston County Schools; the town has approximately 475 students and 29 teachers in one elementary school.
State Highway 52 runs northeast-southwest through Webb, and County Road 48 runs east-west through the town.
Events and Places of Interest
The Dexter and Main Street Historic District and the Ivey Family Home are listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

Additional Resources

Houston County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Houston County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2003.
Watson, Fred S. Hub of the Wiregrass: A History of Houston County, Alabama, 1903-1972. Anniston, Ala.: Higginbotham, Inc., 1972.
Published:  October 29, 2012   |   Last updated:  July 24, 2018