The Snead area was settled as early as 1839, when the federal government deeded land to John Jackson. In 1853, physician G. W. White purchased land and built a water-powered flour and grist mill next to the falls on the Warrior River. In 1874, White built a store in the community.
The first post office opened in 1882, and the town was named Snead after its first postmaster, John Snead. Snead later founded Snead Seminary in Boaz, Marshall County, which has evolved into Snead State Community College. Snead was incorporated in 1966.
According to the 2010 Census, Snead had a population of 835. Of that number, 96.8 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 1.8 percent as Hispanic, 1.7 percent as two or more races, 0.5 percent as Native American, 0.1 percent as African American, and 0.1 percent as Asian. The town's median household income, according to 2010 Census estimates, was $36,102, and the per capita income was $16,272.
According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Snead was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Manufacturing (20.0 percent)
· Retail trade (16.6 percent)
· Construction (1.9 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (12.5 percent)
· Wholesale trade (11.0 percent)
· Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (1.5 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (10.8 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (9.1 percent)
· Transportation, warehousing, and utilities (2.8 percent)
· Professional, scientific, and administrative and waste management services (5.6 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (0.9 percent)
· Public administration (7.3 percent)
There are no public schools in Snead. Students attend nearby Blount County Public Schools.
Snead is bisected by State Highway 75, which runs northeast-southwest through the center of town, and U.S. Highway/State Highway 74, which runs northwest-southeast through the center of town.
Events and Places of Interest
The Stracener Bridge on County Road 14 is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.
Blount County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Blount County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1998.
James P. Kaetz
Published November 13, 2012
Last updated November 15, 2012