After beginning its existence as part of a Spanish land grant in the early 1800s, Magnolia Springs began to attract new residents after the Civil War. Originally called Magnolia Plantation, the town is named now for its many natural springs and its abundant magnolias. A post office was established in 1885. The town incorporated in May 2006.
Magnolia Springs's population according to the 2010 Census was 723. Of that number, 96.3 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 2.8 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 0.7 percent as two or more races, 0.6 percent as Native American, 0.4 percent as Asian, and 0.1 percent as African American. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $51,538, and the per capita income was $29,552.
According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Magnolia Springs was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Retail trade (22.5 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (14.5 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (9.4 percent)
· Construction (9.1 percent)
· Wholesale trade (8.0 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (6.9 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (6.2 percent)
· Manufacturing (5.8 percent)
· Public administration (5.4 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (4.7 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (4.3 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (2.2 percent)
· Information (1.1 percent)
Students in Magnolia Springs attend Baldwin County schools; no public schools are located in town.
County Road 49 runs north-south through Magnolia Springs, ending as it intersects with U.S. Highway 98 in the northern part of town.
Events and Places of Interest
The Magnolia River runs through the center of town, eventually emptying into Weeks Bay. It is the only river in the United States to have a mail delivery route. The McNair House is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.
Baldwin County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Baldwin County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, Inc., 2001.
James P. Kaetz
Published February 11, 2013
Last updated February 11, 2013