Pike Road


Shoppers and diners are seen at the market The Waters in Pike RoadPike Road is located in northeastern Montgomery County in the south-central part of the state. It has a mayor-city council form of government.

History 

The Pike Road area has been settled since around 1815; by the middle of the nineteenth century, a farming community had grown up near the intersection of two roads, Pike and Meriwether. Pike Road is so named because it was once a toll road, where one paid a fee or "pike" to travel on it. The community itself thus came to be referred to as Pike Road. A number of businesses were established along the intersection to serve the surrounding community.

By 1918, the community had grown to the point that a school was needed, and the Pike Road Consolidated School opened the following year; it remained open until 1970. As the area continued to grow, the question of incorporating was regularly debated. Finally, in 1997, a vote was held among the residents of the Glynlakes, Bean, Barnes, and Meriwether Road communities to incorporate as Pike Road; the measure passed with 97 percent of the vote. A new town The Pike Road School was the first rural Pike Road Schoolhall was opened in 2010, and plans are underway for a city school system. Also in 2010, a dispute with the neighboring city of Montgomery was settled, fixing the boundary between the two municipalities.

Demographics 

According to the 2010 Census, Pike Road's population was 5,406. Of that number, 68.5 percent identified themselves as white, 28.7 percent as black, 1.4 percent as Asian, 1.3 percent as Hispanic, and 0.1 percent as Native American. The city's median household income was $37,438, and per capita income was $22,850.

Employment 

The workforce in present-day Pike Road is divided among the following occupational categories:

· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (21.8   percent)
· Manufacturing (15.6 percent)
· Retail trade (12.8 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (8.3 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services   (7.1 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (6.2 percent)
· Construction (6.0 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (5.6 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (5.3 percent)
· Wholesale trade (4.5 percent)
· Public administration (3.8 percent)
· Information (2.5 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (0.5 percent)

Education 

Schools in Pike Road are part of the Montgomery County School District; the town has approximately 737 students and 39 teachers in one junior high school.

Transportation 

U.S. Post Office 36064 is seen in Pike Pike Road Post OfficePike Road is bisected by County Road 40 (east-west) and lies just east of State Highway 231 (northeast-southeast). Interstate 65 is located about 20 miles to the west of the city. Montgomery Regional Airport is located approximately 20 miles to the northwest of Pike Road.

Events and Places of Interest 

Pike Road holds its Summer Fest celebration each year on July 4; it includes live musical entertainment, food, and a fireworks show. Annually, the event draws about 2,000 people.

The Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair has been held on the first Saturday in November since 1966 on the grounds of the historic Marks House (c. mid-1820s), which is on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage. Sponsored by the Pike Road Civic Club and the Pike Road Community Club, the event draws as many as 10,000 people and features more than 250 artists and crafts vendors as well as food vendors and events for children.

Pike Road is currently developing a 30-mile-long nature trail that will connect the many neighborhoods making up the town; phase one of the trail will be completed in 2011. The city also runs one park that currently contains picnic pavilions; a walking trail and additional picnic areas are currently under construction.

Additional Resources 

Montgomery County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Montgomery County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2001.

James P. Kaetz
Auburn University


Published August 12, 2011
Last updated March 5, 2013