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Owens Cross Roads

Christopher Maloney, Auburn University
Owens Cross Roads is in located in Madison County in northeast Alabama. It has a mayor/city council form of government. Renowned equestrian painter Edward Troye (1808-1874) owned a farm at Owens Cross Roads in the early 1870s.
History
Owens Cross Roads, named for the Owens family of settlers, was listed on maps by 1850. A post office was established around 1861. The economy in the area, much like the rest of the Tennessee Valley, was based on cotton cultivation and production until the boll weevil infestation forced crop diversification in the 1920s and 1930s. The population of the town in 1900 was 1,073 and had increased to 1,377 by 1940. A first through ninth grade school was constructed in 1949. Owens Cross Roads was incorporated in 1967.
Demographics
According to 2016 Census estimates, Owens Cross Roads recorded a population of 6,454. Of that number, 89.3 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 6.9 percent as African American, 2.6 percent as two or more races, 1.5 percent as Hispanic, 0.7 percent as Asian, and 0.2 percent as American Indian. The town's median household income was $71,094, and the per capita income was $29,471.
Employment
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Owens Cross Roads was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (20.7 percent)
  • Retail trade (16.8 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (10.0 percent)
  • Construction (9.9 percent)
  • Manufacturing (9.1 percent)
  • Public administration (8.5 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (6.5 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (5.0 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (4.3 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (4.0 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (3.0 percent)
  • Information (2.0 percent)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (0.3 percent)
Education
Public education in Owens Cross Roads is administered by Madison County, which oversees one elementary school.
Transportation
U.S Highway 431/ and State Highway 1 run north-south through Owens Cross Roads. It The town lies about 15 miles south of Moontown Airport and about 21 miles north of Joe Starnes Field.
Events and Places of Interest
The town's proximity to Huntsville provides numerous cultural and recreational opportunities. Listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in or near the town are the nearby Pioneer Log Cabin (early nineteenth century),and the Cherokee Indian School House Land (ca. 1800s).
Published:  July 1, 2014   |   Last updated:  May 27, 2015